Board of Directors

Larissa Rose

Larissa Rose – Managing Director

Larissa is an energetic and resilient professional with a comprehensive knowledge of renewable fuels, environmental sustainability and biofuels. Tertiary qualified, Larissa has obtained extensive knowledge from her broad experience in environmental studies, carbon and waste management, flora and fauna assessment, project management and business development.

Larissa has spent many years facilitating environmental education classes to Brisbane and Gold Coast primary schools, delivering outstanding learning outcomes to students about environmental sustainability and renewable energy.  She has been a committed advocate, engaging government, regional and rural communities on the economic, social, health and environmental benefits of renewable fuels.  

As Managing Director and Founder of the Queensland Renewable Fuels Association, Larissa is evidently committed to delivering outcomes for industry and offers her drive to succeed, her practical and theoretical knowledge and experience to this pivotal association.

Mike Bryan

Michael (Mike) Bryan – CHAIRMAN

Mike is Chairman of the Board of BBI International and Chief Executive Officer of BBI Biofuels Australia, with offices in the United States, Australia and Canada. Mike’s broad expertise across the biofuels industry in consulting services, conference planning worldwide, biofuels recruiting services and publishing five industry trade magazines with BBI -Ethanol Producer Magazine, Biodiesel Magazine and Biomass Magazine, Pellet Mill Magazine and Distillers Grain Quarterly.

Mike has promoted ethanol and value-added agriculture worldwide throughout his 32-year involvement in the biofuels industry. Prior to launching BBI in 1993, Mike worked with the National Corn Growers Association in St. Louis, heading up their international corn sweetener and ethanol program. Previously, he was plant manager of Alchem Ltd, a fuel ethanol plant in North Dakota. Mr. Bryan has participated in international biofuels trade missions to China, Japan, Korea, France, Taiwan, India, Pakistan, and eight European countries. Furthering his time in the US ethanol industry Mike spent several years policy advising to the U.S. government.  Mike brings a wealth of industry expertise and professional board management to QRFA.

Daryl Sahli

Daryl Sahli – Secretary

Daryl has many years of experience as a management consultant in his own practice and with PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance in Brisbane. He specialises in strategic planning, feasibility and project planning, agri-business – primary production, biotechnology, renewable fuels research and engine design.

Daryl has a broad experience across a wide range of industries but has a passion for the alternative fuels industry. He was on the project team that devised the first grain based ethanol plant in Australia at Dalby on the Darling Downs. Daryl has worked on a number of projects including bio-diesel, distillers grains, ethanol including cellulosic ethanol production.

Currently Daryl is the CEO of the in-home care business Right at Home.  He owns the Master Franchise rights for the Right at Home in-home care system for Australia.

Talbot Cox

Talbot Cox

Talbot Cox has had a hands-on role in farming sugarcane in North Queensland for 25 years.  

From the 15 years he has managed his family’s business the Rocks Farming Company, which is a large irrigated sugarcane farm, he has been responsible for all aspects of cane farming from planting, growing through to harvesting and pricing.

Further to Talbot’s understanding of running an ag-business in Queensland, he has an earthmoving business specialising in farm works and new irrigation developments, including land clearing, bulk earthworks, channel - drain construction, pipeline laying and road infrastructure.

He is the Director of Austcane Energy Ltd, which intends to build an ethanol and cogeneration plant using sugarcane, located in the Burdekin region, North Queensland.

Talbot brings representation from North Queensland and agricultural industry experience to QRFA and its members.

Craig Thamm

Craig Thamm – Acting Treasurer

Craig Thamm is General Manager of Environment, Safety & Human Resources for Renewable Developments Australia and Director and Principal Consultant of Edentech Pty Ltd.  He is a highly experienced environmental engineer with a background in environment, safety and project management in the civil construction, mining and biofuels industries. Craig has experience in regulatory affairs, community engagement and management, general project management and large and small project HSE management. Craig has managed the regulatory approvals processes for the Pentland Bioenergy Project, an export driven vertically integrated farm and 1st and 2nd generation ethanol proposal in North Queensland.  

Craig brings an in depth knowledge of the Queensland regulatory and approvals framework for projects large and small. With more than 20 years of experience in the construction, mining and biofuels industries, he understands the challenges of project development and delivery first hand.

John Morgan

John Morgan

John Morgan is an engineer with an extensive career in the oil industry working across all business facets, management expertise and has held various director positions including operating and not for profit organisations.  John's involvement in the renewable fuels area was associated with a business development proposal to build ethanol plants and with the roll out of E10 gasoline and biodiesel fuels to retail and commercial customers across NSW and Queensland.

John has deep expertise in operating complex industrial plants, Logistics, Distribution & Supply Chain Operations and Optimisation, Marine & Road Transport, Due Diligence & Best Practice Auditing.

QRFA is strengthened by John's experience with board governance and compliance to ensure QFRA provides fair and appropriate support and advice to the members.   John has a passion to see Australian businesses grow and thrive.

 

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