Troy Constance (B.Man, MBA) was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer in March 2016 to oversee the Australian operations of Sprout Agribusiness. Troy has extensive experience in large top 15 ASX financial services companies, where he has held senior leadership positions, interacting at the board and CEO level. He has led teams of over 500 people, been responsible for net profit contributions of $100 million and has experience in complicated transformational change programs. Troy also has extensive experience in corporate agribusiness investment. He has overseen the distribution network for over 15,000 family owned SME and agribusiness clients with more than $12 billion in assets.
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Emma McMaster (B.Man) was appointed as an Agribusiness Manager for Sprout in January 2017. Emma grew up on a grazing property in the New England Tablelands. She is very enthusiastic and passionate about Agribusiness, which is demonstrated through her client centric focus. Emma prides herself in excelling customers’ expectations through providing the highest quality service. She is very committed within her own practice management in adding real value to the organisation. Emma’s background has evolved with over 12 years working in agribusiness, and also business banking, within Central and Northern New South Wales.
0428 292 402
Brecken Curtis B.Bus was appointed as Sprout’s Chief Operations Officer in April 2016. Brecken has worked with some of the most successful producers in Northern Australia, assisting them to expand their operation and significantly increase their production and return on investment. Brecken has overseen the implementation of risk management and governance strategies for many large scale beef operations. Over time Brecken has developed a keen interest in professionalising agriculture and increasing profitability and returns to investors. As a personal investor in agribusiness, Brecken is highly passionate about the industry’s prosperity.
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Sophie Hayes B.Bus was appointed as Sprout’s Business Manager in May 2016. Sophie has a strong Agribusiness Banking and Finance background, having previously worked in Central and Western Queensland for a major financial institution. She has extensive experience working with mixed farming, small crops and beef businesses. Having grown up on a property in Central NSW, Sophie is very passionate about agriculture and delivering fantastic customer service. Sophie will oversee the operation to ensure Sprout customers have an excellent experience which is at the core of the Sprout culture.
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Managing Partner – Central NSW
David Charge commenced with Sprout in May 2016 as the Managing Director of Central NSW. David holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Sydney and brings a wealth of operational and financial expertise to Sprout Agribusiness. David’s extensive leadership experience across the financial services industry has seen him involved in a cross section of Australian farming operations including Australia’s largest farming family’s and Corporate Agribusiness clients. David’s experience spans a broad range of agribusiness industries across Australia, representing all parts of the supply chain. He is an agribusiness operator in his own right and is dedicated to assisting the industry prosper and evolve.
0429 365 119
Managing Partner – Southern NSW / Riverina
Since the commencement of Sprout, Troy Constance has been the Managing Partner of Southern NSW Riverina alongside his role as the CEO. Troy has a wealth of knowledge through his prior agribusiness banking experience and is very passionate about assisting family farming businesses grow. Coming from a farming background, Troy is dedicated to helping the agri sector develop and grow, prospering into future generations. Troy has a particular interest in alternative finance and funding solutions, recognising that there is a finite period of time to increase ones wealth. He acknowledges the importance of utilising this time and believes it’s vital to have the right business advisors surrounding you.
0499 887 746
Managing Partner – Central & Western QLD
Since the inception of Sprout in early 2016, Brecken Curtis has been the Managing Partner of Central and Western Qld alongside his role as the company’s COO. Brecken’s experience in and knowledge of the agribusiness and finance sectors is comprehensive, having worked with primary producers in central and western Qld for over 15 years across a diverse mix of industries. Brecken is heavily involved within the local Qld communities and strongly believes in continuing to develop the prosperity of the agricultural sector in his region. As Managing Partner of the area, Brecken strives to provide a “one stop” service for progressive food, business and agribusiness family firms, helping them to achieve increased production and return on investment, both now and into the future.
0437 655 031
Regional Partner – Central NSW
Chris Bailey BSc. (Ag.) (Hons.) joined Sprout in August 2017 following a significant career in financial services spanning over a decade with ASX top 15 companies. Chris has gained great experience in dealing with family businesses of all sizes from small start up operations to some of Australia’s largest family businesses. Coming from a successful family farming business as well as being invested himself, Chris has a passion for Agribusiness. Chris has a very strong understanding of finance and agricultural markets and is very excited at the opportunities that now exist for family businesses.
0437 758 854
Managing Partner – Southern QLD
Trish Shepherd was appointed as an Agribusiness Manager for Sprout in April 2017. Trish grew up on the Darling Downs and has a strong banking background having worked for a major financial institution for 20 years in all facets of lending. Trish prides herself on delivering excellent customer service and she is committed to ensuring Sprout clients have a seamless customer experience.
0427 004 618
Regional Partner – Central NSW
James Littlejohn B Bus (Ag Com) was appointed as a Regional Partner in February 2019 following an extensive career in the top 100 ASX financial services providers in the Agribusiness and Commercial sectors. James has excellent knowledge in these specialised areas having managed a senior portfolio with complex SME businesses throughout the Central West NSW. After growing up on the land in a mixed enterprise operation, James understands what it takes to build a strong, dynamic and sustainable enterprise. James is excited to be offering his expertise in helping farming families grow their businesses for the future generations.
0409 006 469
Administration Support Officer – Central & Western QLD
With over 20 years’ experience in the banking sector with several major financial institutions, Tanya Kamerling offers a wealth of knowledge to Sprouts clients in the Western Queensland area. Tanya provides support to Brecken Curtis and is based in our Longreach office. She takes pride is providing excellent customer service and has a strong attention to detail. Tanya has also operated her own successful small business in rural communities and understands the need for professional services in regional Australia.
0448 405 777
Agribusiness Manager – Southern NSW
Alister holds over 15 years’ experience in financial services with a background in Agribusiness banking in the Riverina and Central QLD. This experience ranges across a diverse array of primary industries and roles, including senior leadership roles, relationship management, credit and product development. Alister joined Sprout in June 2018 and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Associate Degree in Business. Born and raised in Albury, Alister has strong community and family ties to North East Vic / Southern NSW area and has a keen interest in the economic and social development of regional cities and towns. Alister finds it personally fulfilling to work strategically with family farming enterprises to help expand their operations and financially prosper and extremely optimist about the long term future of Australian agriculture and its production of the highest quality food and fibre.
0408 792 539
Agribusiness Manager – Central NSW
Airlie Kelly (B.Ag Commerce) joined Sprout as an Agribusiness Manager in August 2017. Airlie has over 15 years’ experience working in Agribusiness finance and brings extensive knowledge to the Sprout team and our clients. She prides herself on her client relationship management and is solutions-driven. Airlie is originally from Yass in Southern NSW, but now lives and is heavily involved in her husbands mixed farming operation east of Dubbo. Due to her involvement in and passion towards the agricultural industry, Airlie is aware of the many challenges faced by the industry, including financial, structural, social and climatic. Airlie is very passionate about the future prosperity of the agricultural industry and supporting those families who also strive to run successful farming businesses.
0428 827 456
Sophie Lloyd Jones
Agribusiness Manager – Southern NSW
Sophie B. Agribusiness joined Sprout as an Agribusiness Manager within the Southern NSW team in February 2018. Since completing her tertiary education Sophie has worked in the agri-banking sector where she has worked with a range of agricultural enterprises gaining a extensive experience. Sophie has also spent time working with Council Organisations further developing her project management skills.
Sophie is originally from a sheep and cropping farm operation near Bethungra in Southern NSW and now lives at Braidwood in the Southern Tablelands. Sophie believes quality relationship management is essential for farm businesses and prides herself on assisting clients within the Agribusiness sector. She understands the banking industry can be difficult to navigate and views a key aspect of her role is to simplify and manage the complex banking interactions for her clients.
0409 789 253
MANAGING PARTNER OPPORTUNITIES
Sprout is extremely proud to be able to create opportunities for agribusiness professionals who want to make a difference to the industry and this often means a family does not have to move to the city to seek a rewarding career. We are Australia’s first fully integrated financial services company that only concentrates on the food and agribusiness sector. If you believe in providing holistic advice to farm gate businesses are entrepreneurial and want to run and own your own professional services business please contact us.
We are fortunate to be able to draw upon the expertise and experience from our advisory board who represent all parts of our business from financial services, food supply chain and farm gate.