WEST PERTH, AUSTRALIA — CBH Grain has added to its regional network with the appointment of two new business relationship managers for Western Australia, CBH announced on Feb. 4. This coincides with CBH Grain renaming its team of regional managers to business relationship managers to better reflect the scope of the service they provide to growers.

Donna Altham has been appointed business relationship manager for growers in the Lakes region and Lauren Gibson has been appointed business relationship manager for growers in the Kwinana East region.

Altham will be based at the CBH office in Lake Grace and brings to the role extensive knowledge in the livestock and grain industries. After completing her agribusiness degree at Muresk, Altham spent the last 10 years operating the family farm in Pingrup.

Altham said her experience has provided her with a solid understanding of the day-to-day issues growers face with managing their farm business.

“I’m really looking forward to working with local growers one-on-one, learning more about their business needs and helping them to achieve the maximum value for their grain,” she said.

Gibson, newly appointed business relationship manager for the Kwinana East region, will be based at the CBH office in Merredin. Gibson previously worked for CBH in various roles across the business – as a sampler on sites in the Northern area of the state and in the Grower Service Centre team located in CBH’s head office. This experience has equipped Gibson with extensive knowledge of CBH Grain’s marketing products and a solid understanding of the Western Australian grain supply chain.

After completing an agricultural science degree from the University of Western Australia (UWA), Gibson worked as a graduate consultant with Planfarm.

“I’m looking forward to meeting growers in the Kwinana East region and using my experience to offer them advice and support,” she said.

CBH Grain General Manager Brian Mumme said business relationship managers play an important role in providing on-ground support to local growers.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Donna and Lauren to CBH Grain’s regional team,” Mumme said. “CBH Grain operates the largest regional network of any Western Australian grain marketer. We understand the importance of providing growers with personal access to a locally based grain marketer - one who can help them create value for their grain and act as a conduit to the CBH Group enabling growers to access even more value from across the whole CBH business.”