Meet the Board

Board of Directors

The Board of Leaf Resources comprises of one executive director and three non-executive directors. The collective group has extensive experience in technology commercialisation, intellectual property protection, capital raisings, government relations and financial management; taking a strategic and hands on approach to managing Leaf Resources and the development and commercialisation of its core technology, the Glycell Process. The board is responsible for the overall performance of the business and determining the strategic direction of the company, which is focused on building and growing a robust global business around sustainable and renewable bio-based products and thereby delivering value to shareholders.

It is also responsible for operating the Company in continuous compliance with all laws and rules which apply to it including the ASX Listing Rules, international legal requirements and industry codes of conduct.


Jay Hetzel

B.Sc (Hons), PhD, FTSE, FAICD

Dr Hetzel has been involved in the development and commercialisation of technology for the past 17 years. Previously he had a distinguished scientific career with the CSIRO in the field of Animal Genetics. In 1998 he co-founded Genetic Solutions Pty Ltd to commercialise genomics technology in livestock and the company was sold to Pfizer Animal Health in 2008. Dr Hetzel holds a Bachelor in Agricultural Sciences (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and a Ph.D in Animal Genetics from the University of Sydney.

Jay has served on a number of industry and government advisory groups for over 10 years, including the Queensland Biotechnology Advisory Council and the Australian Government Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee. He is currently a non-executive Director of ASX listed Anatara Lifesciences. Jay is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ken Richards

Managing Director

Ken has played an integral part in the formation of Leaf Resources Ltd. In 2007 Ken took on the role of managing director of Aquacarotene, a micro algae producer. Ken initiated the sale of the pond lease to Californian based Aurora Biofuels for $2 million. In 2010 Aquacarotene merged with Queensland based Company Farmacule BioIndustries Pty Ltd to form Leaf Energy, now Leaf Resources Ltd. Ken was appointed managing director of Leaf Resources in August 2011.

Ken has in excess of 25 years of experience as a managing director in various listed and unlisted companies across agriculture and technology sectors. His life as a public company CEO has seen him complete transactions (capital raisings, takeovers, assets sales) well in excess of $200 million. He holds an MBA and a B.Commerce from the University of Western Australia. He is also a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Douglas J Rathbone

FIChemE, BComm, FIEAust
Non-Executive Director

Mr Rathbone has extensive experience in agriculture with broad knowledge across the whole sector from production to processing. He is a chemical engineer by training and served as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at Nufarm Limited from 1999  to 2015, and previously as Managing Director of Nufarm Australia Limited from 1982.

Mr Rathbone joined the Board of Leaf Resources in 2016 and is currently Chairman of Rathbone Wine Group, a Director of Cotton Seed Distributors and AgBiTech, and also a member of Rabobank Advisory Board. He is a former Board member of the CSIRO. He has won a number of distinguished awards. These include a Centenary Medal in 2003, for outstanding service to science and technology, and the Rabobank Agribusiness Leader of the Year in 1999. He has also been listed several times in Engineers Australia top 100 most influential engineers, and was awarded the Institute Engineers Australia 'Sheddon Pacific' medal for excellence in engineering.

Matthew Morgan

B.Com, B.AppSc, MBA
Non-Executive Director

Matthew has over 10 years of executive management experience in private equity funded portfolio companies and 7 years as a venture capitalist. He is experienced in capital raisings, mergers and acquisitions. He is currently a non-executive director at Leaf Resources and ASX listed companies Sensera Limited, Brain Resource Limited and Diversa Limited. He is the principal of Millers Point Company, an advisory business that provides consulting and advisory services to emerging companies with high growth or turnaround objectives.

Matthew holds a B.Commerce, B. AppSc and an MBA from the Queensland University of Technology. He was also the first Australian to be awarded a Kauffman Fellowship.

Helen Pennisi

B. Bus, CPA
Company Secretary

Helen joined Leaf Resources Limited in March 2015, bringing over 30 years of experience in the accounting profession to her role as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary. She has extensive experience in public practice and has acted as financial controller of several businesses in Brisbane, notably as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for a publicly listed national franchisor. Helen holds a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) from the Queensland University of Technology and a Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning). She is a CPA and Chartered Tax Advisor.

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