Our Board of Directors

Non-Executive Chairman:
Robert Johanson BA, LLM (Melb); MBA (Harvard)

Robert is chairman of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited.

He is chairman of the Australia India Institute and a Director of Neuclone Pty Ltd, the Robert Salzer Foundation Limited and the Australian Friends of Asha Slums.

He is also a Director and consultant to Grant Samuel with 30 years' experience in a wide variety of merger and acquisition transactions.


Managing Director and CEO:
Sam Bastounas BSc (Hons) Chem, MBA

Sam is an experienced executive who has worked across Australia, New Zealand and Asia in companies including Dulux, Orica and Nuplex. Most recently he was the inaugural CEO of Axieo, a leading supplier of products for the food, life sciences, agriculture, performance plastics and speciality chemicals sectors. Sam built a highly engaged workforce that produced great results for its business and customers while also completing several successful mergers and acquisitions.

Sam holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and an MBA both from Monash University in Melbourne, and he is a former President of the industry body Plastics and Chemicals Industry Australia (PACIA).


Non-Executive Director:
Stan Bates BSc (Mathematics) Melbourne, FIAA

Stan Bates' career has included various senior positions, including Deputy General Manager of the Motor Accidents Board (now Transport Accident Commission), General Manager of the State Superannuation Board of Victoria, Investment Strategy Manager for the BHP Group Superannuation Funds and Senior Manager with Portfolio Partners.

Stan has thirty years' experience in actuarial and investment consulting for large corporate superannuation funds. In 1991 he opened the Melbourne Office of the New York based actuarial firm, Buck Consultants which morphed into Mercer in 2005.

His actuarial consulting roles have included risk management assessments of venture capital projects including commercial and domestic waste disposal, call centres for security alarm systems, a global tracking system for vehicles, wireless medical monitoring devices, sub-prime or non-complying motor car finance both in Australia and the USA, a pyrolysis system for converting waste plastic to diesel fuel, reforestation and timber milling in the Solomon Islands and other resource projects.

Stan has been consulting to SME's in capital raising activities for start-up and expansion capital for the last ten years and providing investment consulting and investment product advice to dealer groups and financial advisers.


Non-Executive Director:
Robin Batterham AO, BE, PhD, LLD (Hon. Melb), DSc (Hon. UTS), Hon DEngin (Qld), FAA, FTSE, FREng, FNAE, FSATW, FAusIMM, FIChemE, FISS, FAIM, FAICD, FIEAust, CE, CPE, CSci, AMusA

Robin Batterham is a renowned Australian scientist specialising in chemical engineering. He served as Chief Scientist of Australia from 1999 to 2006 and is the former President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (2007-2012).

He has contributed significantly to research and development in the chemical and sugar industries and to the advancement of Australia's mining and metals industries. He has been responsible for the implementation of new processes as well as significant work in process improvement, particularly process control and modelling.

He has held positions at the CSIRO, Rio Tinto (including VP Resource and Processing Developments, VP Research and Development, Global Practice Leader Innovation), Comalco (MD Research and Technology). Robin Batterham has served as the Kernot Professor of Engineering at the University of Melbourne since 2010.

He is a Fellow by election of six Academies, six professional bodies and is the recipient of significant awards, ones of these being the Order of Australia.


Non-Executive Director:
Matthew Critchley B.Eng (Chem), GAICD

Matthew started his career as a Chemical Engineer with The Dow Chemical Company where he worked in a range of manufacturing and marketing roles. He also spent an extensive period of time living and working in the USA and Hong Kong. Upon his return to Australia, Matthew spent the following seven years building his own business, Knights Marine Pty Ltd, into one of Victoria's premier marine service facilities.

Following the sale of this business, Matthew returned to a full-time corporate role, initially as Operations Director with Bristol Paint Ltd, then with H.B. Fuller Australia where he spent six years, initially as the Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand and then as Group (then) Vice President of Asia Pacific.

Matthew's most recent role was Chief Operating Officer with MYOB Ltd. During the seven plus years with the company, he oversaw its rapid organic growth across many regions and the acquisition and integration of many companies. Following retirement in 2008, Matthew established an executive consulting business, MentorUp Consulting Pty Ltd.

Matthew has Chaired Asian Business Software Solutions - a SE Asia based company and Impact Data Pty Ltd a digital marketing solutions company here in Australia.


Non-Executive Director:

Dan's vision is to create a harmonious existence for the benefit of all life.

During his early career as an investor at Macquarie Bank and UBS, Dan began to question the contribution he was making to the world as well as explore the systemic limitations of capitalism. It led to a period of deep self-reflection, during which time Dan, along with his wife Leanne and daughter Frankie began their journey to embed their values with their way of being in the world.

That journey led him to Small Giants where he leads Small Giants Capital, the investing activities of the group. Small Giants' mission is to lead our communities towards empathy and a new economy by using all of our resources to create, nurture and support people and businesses who are creating the kind of world we wish to live in.

Dan and his family love riding waves, snorkelling, gazing at the sky, getting lost in the forest and sharing home-cooked meals by the campfire with their local community.


Non-Executive Director:
Maria Mitris-Honos

Maria has been involved in the Mitris family businesses for most of her career, commencing in the gaming industry with Olympic Video Gaming. There, she gained her first practical experience learning the various aspects of finance and sales alongside her Managing Director father, Nick Mitris. The family sold the business in 1997 and soon after, their interest focussed on the opportunities sustainable aquaculture offered. The Ayr based prawn aquaculture facility, Pacific Reef Fisheries Group (PRFG) was purchased by the family in 1998 and since then, it has gone from strength to strength with Maria and her father Nick, at the helm. Originally focussing on finance and marketing, Maria’s involvement in the business has since expanded to managing operations where she is responsible for farming, processing food safety and product marketing.

With the recent acquisition of the PRFG by MBD, Maria and the team at Pacific Reef are passionate about progressing the business to the next level. Plans are underway to become one of the largest supplier of premium quality aquaculture product in Australia, commencing with the expansion of PRFG's Guthalungra facility located south of Ayr.


Non-Executive Director:
Graeme Wood, BEcon, MInfoSys

Graeme Wood is a digital entrepreneur of over 30 years' standing. In 1999, he founded the online travel website Wotif.com and he remains happily involved with a number of start-ups. He also founded Wotnews, which evolved into We Are Hunted, a music recommendation website that was sold to Twitter in 2013.

Graeme provides support through the Graeme Wood Foundation. His philanthropic interests include environmental sustainability, the arts, and public interest journalism through Guardian Australia.

He is passionate too about the transformative power of the arts for young people. In 2011, he founded Artology, whose goal is youth development and social change through the arts. Combining his interests in conservation and youth development, Graeme founded the Brisbane based not-for-profit Wild Mob, giving young people the opportunity to participate in conservation work and environmental education while experiencing some of Australia's most iconic wilderness destinations.

Graeme was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012. He was Suncorp Queenslander of the Year in 2008, has received an Honorary Doctorate of Economics from the University of Queensland.


Non-Executive Director:
Harry Youngman B.Bus (Banking and Finance)

Harry previously worked in corporate banking at Westpac.

Harry has been principally involved in agricultural production and property investment for 25 years. Agricultural production extends from grazing farmland in southwest Victoria involving lamb and beef production, along with forestry operations, to indigenous grassland management and commercialisation of this unique and important resource. Currently Harry is involved in a partnership with Zoos Victoria in an endangered species rehab program. Harry has been strategically involved in water asset management and successfully developing intensive cropping techniques.

Harry's working knowledge of soil science, plant biology and animal breeding as well as his strong understanding of farming operations, has enabled him to successfully establish a compost based program enhancing the entire operations of an otherwise standard working or in certain situations, a distressed farm land.

Harry has developed a model that provides organic agricultural solutions to distressed farming establishments.