Geoff brings 25 years of Board experience to the role of chairing the Tipper Group where he is a strong advocate for good corporate governance and compliance, and translating these to business performance.
Geoff’s extensive executive management experience in Australia and the United States includes managing human, financial, physical and technology resources, at all stages of company development. His career has encompassed senior positions in the mining industry and other diverse sectors including agricultural technology. Having served in a wide range of management and Board positions, Geoff brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Tipper Group.
Sean brings more than 20 years’ experience with Tippers and in the tropical fruit industry to his role as Chief Executive Officer. He is also an expert salesperson with specific responsibility for passionfruit (for which J E Tipper is Australia’s largest wholesaler) and limes.
As well as his general management responsibilities, Sean also manages Tippers’ Human Resources requirements, coordinating a staff of up to 70 people in Brisbane and Sydney. He has been a member of the Passionfruit Growers’ Board for more than 10 years.
David Wood joined J E Tipper in 1983 after graduating from the Queensland University of Technology. He quickly identified the papaw and papaya industry sectors as key potential growth areas for the company and began to build this part of the business. Today, J E Tipper is Australia’s largest wholesaler of papaws and papayas and the company specialises in tropical and exotic fruit marketing.
David has strong family connections to J E Tipper. His father Ernie was the company’s long-serving general manager, having started his career at Tippers in 1950. Upon Ernie’s retirement in 1996, David and his partners became the company’s shareholders.
Daniel manages Tippers’ Sydney operations, driving sales in the New South Wales and Victorian markets, and is based at Tippers’ facility at the Sydney Produce Markets, Australia’s largest fruit and vegetable wholesale market. As well as sales management, Daniel is also responsible for product line development and marketing programs.
As well as his academic qualifications, Daniel completed a graduate training program with the Sumich Group in Western Australia, and worked for five years in the Perth market before joining Tippers more than 15 years ago.
An experienced Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary, Alan works closely with Tipper’s Senior Management Team with responsibility for financial management and reporting, legal compliance, human resource support, operational management, business planning, intellectual property and administration.
Alan brings to his position many years of experience in senior executive roles in a variety of industries. His commercial skill, business insight and experience in commercial strategy development and corporate structuring help Tippers achieve its corporate and strategic goals. Alan is also responsible for the management and development of the company’s finance and administration team.
Martin joined Tippers in this national role after a successful career as a supermarket fresh produce specialist. He applies his in-depth knowledge and account management experience to maintain and build relationships, helping Tippers’ clients maximise their returns.
Martin is responsible for business development opportunities at Tippers’ Jet Direct facility at Acacia Ridge and liaises with growers and customers to identify new market opportunities, providing clients with widespread market exposure with minimal investment. He has 25 years’ fresh produce experience in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Gary manages Jet Direct’s high-tech ripening, storage, logistics and pre-pack operations at Acacia Ridge. He oversees all aspects of supply chain management, quality assurance and value adding, giving Jet Direct clients confidence that their produce receives optimal handling for the best possible returns.
Gary ensures Jet Direct’s cutting edge facilities are deployed efficiently to deliver produce that is ripened, stored, packed and presented to perfection. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Food Science and Nutrition) from the University of Queensland and has more than 12 years’ experience in the fresh produce industry.
Shannon manages J E Tipper vibrant banana section at the Rocklea Markets in Brisbane. As well as primary sales responsibility, Shannon sources fruit from growing regions, liaises with growers, and maintains and develops a growing customer base.
With 15 years of market experience, including more than 13 years in the challenging banana market, Shannon uses his experience and expertise to develop marketing strategies for industry growth. He joined the Tipper Team in 2008, became a Partner in 2010, and Director of Jet Direct in 2015.
One of Tippers’ ‘young guns’, Aidan is responsible for sales of all tropical fruit lines in the company’s busy Sydney Market facility. Aidan manages Tipper’s Sydney staff, and services customers to ensure quality fruit is delivered on time and to specification. He also oversees the safety and maintenance of the Sydney staff and equipment.
Aidan actively sources fruit from current and potential suppliers and identifies sales opportunities with a range of customers.
Adrian began his career with Tippers at Rocklea in 2010. His leadership potential was quickly noticed and he was offered the opportunity to move to Sydney when Tippers expanded its operations there in 2013.
Initially, Adrian handled all of Tippers’ product lines in Sydney, but he has since specialised in avocados, dealing extensively with growers and building an impressive customer base. Still in his 20s, Adrian’s career has grown from the ground up and he is looking forward to future opportunities with Tippers.