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Julie Bird

Julie has a broad background in the Australian horticulture industry, spanning various roles over the past 25 years.

She has extensive experience across the supply chain, encompassing work in a range of horticulture commodities including almonds, apples and pears, citrus, cherries, summerfruit and nuts. With both commercial and industry experience, Julie’s key skills include stakeholder management, strategic planning, marketing and communications.

Julie is an experienced Non-Executive Director in the Agribusiness sector, and her governance and compliance experience is complemented by strong financial and business management skills.

Julie is current Owner/Manager of Say It With Flowers, a large retail floristry business based in Malvern, Victoria employing more than 30 staff. She is also Non-Executive Director of United Almonds Limited, an unlisted public company managing more than 1,000 hectares of almond orchards situated at Piangil, Victoria. Previously, Julie was Non-Executive Director/Deputy Chair of Plant Health Australia, CEO of the Almond Board of Australia and Non-Executive Director of the Australian Nut Industry Council. Julie has served as Independent Chair of the Apple and Pear Industry Advisory Committee and the South Australian Apiary Industry Advisory Group.

Julie has significant experience on Board committees including remuneration, finance, audit and risk. She has also been a member of various Board selection panels. Julie has wide experience working in all aspects of primary production, including a management role with Quality Fruit Marketing marketers of stonefruit to domestic and international markets, and operating a management consultancy business, servicing the agribusiness sector in strategic planning and risk management.

Julie has a Bachelor of Teaching degree, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has an MBA (Executive) qualification focused in marketing, finance, business strategy and leadership.