Meet The Team

Food & Fibre Gippsland has a small but dynamic operational team.

Paul Griffin

Chief Executive Officer

Paul joined us on the 15th of July and has responsiblity for the strategic direction of Food & Fibre Gippsland.
With a strong background in financial services, Paul is commercially astute, results and outcomes focussed while demonstrating strong leadership and business management skills.
Driven by a professional objective to have a positive influence on team, members and community, Paul is delighted to be combining his passion for economic growth, business development, innovation and social wellbeing into his new role.
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Dr. Nicola Watts

Project Consultant

Nicola has responsibility for the delivery of a number of key projects, collaborating and engaging across the reigon with multiple stakeholders throughout the food & fibre sector.

A passionate East Gippslander who has extensive international and national experience as a senior manager, project manager, consultant, and board member in the sectors of Agrifood, Telecommunications, Natural Resource Management and Education.

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Julie Tuhi

Gippsland Regional Agrifood Employment Program Manager

Julie has extensive experience in business, finance, management and HR in the private sector, hospitality and education, having worked in Australia and Asia. Julie has strong family ties in East Gippsland and returned to live in the region 4 years ago, working in the employment services sector. She is very community minded and enjoys applying her skills and experience to support regional businesses, as well as deliver positive social outcomes.

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Shayne Hyman

Industry Development Officer – Vegetable industry

Shayne is engaged in capacity building for the region’s vegetable industry. Born in East Gippsland, Shayne returned to the region in 2011 and has been applying her considerable skills, knowledge and experience to develop ideas, people, business and organisations.

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Jody O’Brien

Communications and Engagement Manager

A newcomer to Gippsland, Jody brings a wealth of communications and engagement expertise, with many years’ experience across a diverse range of industries, programs, brands and businesses.

A passionate story teller, and a self-confessed “foodie”, Jody brings a fresh set of eyes and ears, combined with a strategic big picture outlook and she’s collaborating with stakeholders all over the region to tell the world about the delights of Gippsland.

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