Who we are

Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand works directly with businesses, consumers and campaigners to make trade fair by securing a better deal for farmers and workers. 

The global Fairtrade system is governed by a Board of Directors and a General Assembly of members, which is comprised of 50 percent producers and 50 percent representatives from national Fairtrade organisations. You can read more about the governance of the global Fairtrade system here

What Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand does

Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand (Fairtrade ANZ) is an active member of the global Fairtrade system and undertakes activities in the following key areas:

  • Growing demand for Fairtrade certified products and empowering producers to sell to traders and retailers on Fairtrade terms
  • Raising awareness of the need for Fairtrade in the public and the significant role of the Fairtrade Mark in making trade fair
  • Supporting producer organisations and their networks in Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and the Pacific Islands
  • Providing independent certification of the trade chain for products, and licensing use of the Fairtrade Mark on products as a consumer assurance

Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand Governance

Fairtrade ANZ is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and is an Income Tax Exempt Charity.

Fairtrade ANZ has 4 member organisations:

Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand Board Members

Fairtrade ANZ is overseen by a board elected by Fairtrade ANZ member organisations. The board and membership of Fairtrade ANZ are independent of any commercial interests in the use of the Fairtrade Mark.

Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand's Leadership Team

  • Chief Executive Officer: Molly Harriss Olson
  • Executive Manager, Operations & Finance: Christopher Shelly
  • Business Development Director: Mirjam Groten
  • Public Engagement and Advocacy Manager: Kim Greenstone 
  • Producer Support Manager: Rachel Levine

Biographies

Valentina Tripp MBA, B.Comm (Melb), CPA

Valentina Tripp

Valentina Tripp is the Executive Director Transformation for Simplot and leads the Top Cut Food Group, with operations across Australia, China, Japan and South Korea servicing the food service and catering sectors. Simplot is one Australia’s largest food manufacturers.

Valentina has over 20 years commercial experience with expertise in corporate strategy, operational restructuring, turnaround, commercial due diligence, supply chain, international trade, manufacturing, sourcing, brand and portfolio management coupled with CPA and MBA qualifications.

Valentina was formerly the National Sector Leader for Consumer Products for KPMG’s Management Consulting Division, partnering with clients to improve their strategic and operational performance. Valentina also served on the KPMG Global Retail and Consumer Sector Leadership Team.

Valentina has worked across international markets developing market entry strategies and managing the end-to-end international supply chain operations. Valentina has published the Australia Food & Grocery Council Annual State of Industry Report from 2009-2014.

Valentina is also the Chair of the Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand Board.

Lisa Barker

Lisa Barker

Lisa Barker was appointed to the Board in February 2014. Lisa is a lawyer with extensive experience working in both government and private sector roles, in Australia and other countries in the Asia Pacific Region.

Lisa's interest in the links between international law, human rights and trade and development commenced as a student and carried throughout her work as Special Counsel International Trade Law for the law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth, as Chief of Staff to a Federal Cabinet Minister, in reviewing food standard setting policy in Australia for the Australian Food Authority and as an international law and trade policy consultant in her own business, Stanley Street Research. Lisa works on trade related aid and development projects with Australian and regional government and business organisations.

Lisa also works with the APEC Study Centre at RMIT, providing policy support to the APEC Business Advisory Council, working throughout the APEC region. In 2013 she worked for Red Cross Australia, assisting in the hosting of the statutory meetings of the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, setting their forward humanitarian agenda.

Gareth Edgecombe

Gareth Edgecombe

Gareth is the Chief Executive Officer of The Comfort Group, a privately held company and Australasia's largest manufacturer of sleep and bedding related products. Gareth has had extensive experience leading consumer goods companies across Asia Pacific with prior roles including President Asia Pacific for Campbell Arnott's, and President/MD South Pacific for The Coca-Cola Company. Gareth holds a First Class Hons Degree from Waikato University in Marketing and Finance.

Karen Mapusua

Karen Mapusua

Karen Mapusua joined the Board in November 2012. Karen is Operations Manager for Land Resources Division of the Pacific Community, Suva Fiji. She has been engaged in the Pacific organic and fair trade movement through her previous role as Coordinator of the Pacific Organic & Ethical Trade Community for more than ten years. She was extensively involved in developing the Pacific Organic Standard and Guarantee Scheme and has lobbied successfully for organics to be prioritised in the Pacific regional agricultural agenda. She is also a member of the IFOAM Organics International World Board.

Markerita (Meg) Poutasi

Markerita Poutasi

Meg Poutasi was appointed to the Board in 2014 and sits on the Producer Support and Relations Steering Committee. She is the Director of Conservation Partnerships (Auckland) for the New Zealand Department of Conservation and has worked at the NZ State Services’ Commission. Meg has a background in promoting trade in the Pacific region and was the former CEO of the Pacific Cooperation Foundation. Her interest is in SME development. Meg is legally trained and practiced public law in the Treaty issues and International team at the NZ Crown Law Office before moving into third sector management.

Delia Rickard

Delia Rickard

Delia Rickard is currently Deputy Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). She was appointed in June 2012 for a period of five years. Delia has extensive public service experience in the area of consumer protection. Prior to her current appointment her consumer protection work involved her holding a range of senior positions at both the ACCC and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and working for several Federal Consumer Affairs Ministers. During her time at ASIC she was responsible for, amongst other things, developing and leading the implementation of the National Financial Literacy Strategy and she chaired several OECD committees focussed on financial literacy. Delia was the inaugural Chair of ASIC’s Corporate Social Responsibility program. In the January 2011 Australia Day Awards Delia was awarded the Public Service Medal for her contribution to consumer protection and financial services. She is a trustee of the Jan Pentland Foundation; an organisation dedicated to supporting the financial counselling sector, with a particular focus on assisting Indigenous financial counsellors. She is also a judge for the annual MoneySmart awards. Delia holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law from the University of New South Wales.

David Head 

BOARD - David Head

David was appointed to the board of Fairtrade ANZ in May 2016 and has more than 25 years’ experience as a CEO, including roles at Pepsi, Lion Nathan, Calum Textile Group, Leigh Mardon Group and ASX listed Clean Seas Limited where he is currently the Managing Director and CEO. David has extensive board experience with both Publicly Listed and Privately owned companies as well as not for profit entities, including Non-Executive Chairman roles in Australia, Asia and Europe.

Katherine Rich

Katherine Rich
Katherine Rich is Chief Executive of NZ Food and Grocery Council and has a range of governance roles. She also served three terms as a Member of Parliament between 1999 and 2008 and has a wealth of experience in marketing, economic development and the not-for-profit sector.


Molly Harriss Olson 

Molly Harriss Olson

Molly Harriss Olson is the CEO of Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand. She served nearly six years on the Board of Fairtrade International and as Chair for the final two. Recognised for her leadership on sustainable business and development for more than three decades, Ms Olson has convened, led and been a member of numerous boards, business leadership and sustainability initiatives, including The World Economic Forum’s Global Leaders of Tomorrow. In 2014 she won The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Award. Ms Olson worked at the White House as the founding Executive Director of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, appointed by President Clinton in 1993.