Verterra established a Board structure early in its development, demonstrating its adherence to the principles of sound corporate governance. Our growth plans incorporate provisions for expansion of the board composition to incorporate specialist skills required in line with demand as the company grows, and an Advisory Board that can bring a diversity of thinking and innovation to facilitate growth of the company. We maintain a list of potential Fiduciary and Advisory Board members as part of our growth planning strategy.
Marjon Wind – Non-Executive Director
Marjon is a circular economy and business strategy specialist with over 25 years of experience in international business, finance, and consulting. Marjon was born and raised in the Netherlands and studied Economics at Maastricht University before joining Rabobank International in 1996. During a thirteen-year international career with Rabobank in the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and London, she held a series of commercial and strategic Director level roles to drive the bank's business operations in core and emerging products, markets, and geographies.
Following her banking career, Marjon moved into consulting, focusing on leadership coaching, and project and change management in the UK and the Netherlands. After moving to Brisbane, Australia, in 2017, Marjon specialized in circular economy advisory and currently supports organizations and governments in their transition from a linear to a circular business model, creating economic, social, and environmental benefits.
In June 2021, Marjon was appointed as Honorary Consul for Queensland for the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In this role, she actively supports the continued relationship between Queensland and the Netherlands with a specific focus on collaboration on circular economy transition efforts and fostering trade and investment ties. She currently serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of MiCare and Verterra. Marjon holds a master’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Maastricht and has a Diploma in Company Direction from the UK Institute of Directors.
Dr. Glenn Dale – Managing Director
Glenn combines detailed technical knowledge with operational management expertise and commercial experience. His early career was in tropical forest inventory and management before undertaking doctoral studies in molecular genetics and tree breeding. Glenn undertook postdoctoral research in the US on plant genetics. He returned to Australia as the Technical Manager of a private forestry biotechnology company where he was responsible for several large commercial forest biotechnology research projects.
Glenn established Verterra (formerly Tree Crop Technologies Pty Ltd.) in 1999 before establishing Saltgrow Pty Ltd in partnership with Yates Ltd to continue development and commercialization of clonal eucalypt hybrids bred for salt and drought tolerance. Glenn’s work on Saltgrow hybrids was nominated as a finalist for the inaugural Institution of Engineers Australia National Salinity Prize in 2002, and was runner up in the 2004 Australian Museum Eureka Science Prize for Industry.
Glenn has international experience working in the United States, New Zealand, Brazil, England, Spain, Portugal, Columbia, Malaysia, and China. He has served on the Plant Breeders Rights Ministerial Advisory Committee and currently holds the position of Adjunct Associate Professor within the National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture at the University of Southern Queensland.
Glenn holds a BSc with Honours in Forestry, a BSc in Biochemistry from the Australian National University, a PhD in molecular and quantitative genetics of forest trees from the University of Queensland and an MBA from Queensland University of Technology.
Susan Dale – Financial Controller
Susan holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemistry and a Diploma of Education specializing in mathematics. She has managed Verterra’s finances since its inception in 1999. From 2003 to 2004, Susan was Treasurer of DebRA Queensland, a not-for-profit charity working on behalf of people with the genetic skin blistering condition Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).
Susan has taught secondary school mathematics in Bundaberg and Brisbane, and spent a year as Head of Mathematics at St Joseph's Catholic College, Tenaru in the Solomon Islands. Susan worked as an analytical chemist in toxicology and food commodities from 1991 to 1994 before heading a soil science laboratory at North Carolina State University in the United States.
Susan’s background in analytical chemistry and soil science, combined with her skills in mathematics and finance management, provide a unique understanding of the technical and financial dimensions of the business.