Behind every great business, is an even better team that fullfills all the unseen requests from the entire businesses stake holders. 'The Leaf' is extremely lucky to say that they have one of the best teams in the Australian Business landscape. All the way from field staff that harvest our produce, all the way to the management team that ensure that the quality and consistency of our prised products continues to flow to our customers.
Jan Vydra (Managing director)
Jan Vydra founded the business in 2008 with business partner, William Pham, his keen interest in implementing innovation to business saw him and his partner bring change to a traditional industry that was fragmented at the time.
Prior to Australian Fresh Leaf Herbs, Jan was Chief Operating Officer at Yarra Valley Farms where he also brought in changes that had a positive impact on the business.
Jan is currently a member on a number of boards including the Horticulture Advisory Committee for Consumer and Market Development (Horticulture Australia), South East Business Network for Innovation, and the Bunyip FoodBelt Primary Producers Advisory Group, which has assisted him in discussing his ideas about the farming industry and taken him from businessman / farmer to thought leader.
Within the Fresh Leaf operation Jan Vydra handles all issues relating to the smooth operation of the business with a core focus on; Finance, Business developemnt and marketing and ensuring winter supply relationships and product are in place to deliver a consistent product to our cusotmers.
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William Pham (Farm operations director)
William Pham founded the business with business partner, Jan Vydra and has a keen interest in continually improving and testing farming methodologies and concepts to deliver higher quality products to our customers.
William has a background in banking and has worked for such major banks as St.George and Westpac, he left the banking sector because he felt that the suit and tie were not for him and he wanted to take up a more pieceful life with his plants.
He is responisible for farm operations and is the key driver in the development of our farms and ensuring that everything runs smoothly. Over the last 3 years he has gained great insight into the Farming industry through relationships with some of Australia's best growers and is always looking to build new relationship with farmers locally and abroad.
If you want to have a chat to William please feel free and click here to shoot him an email
Teresa Pham (Production manager)
Teresa Pham, some don't like her as she employs the highest quality control measures know to man and acts as the true quality control gate keeper of our entire business. She is highly passionate about our products and keeping the staff on their toes, but supported. She is a big believer that a strong staff engadgement program is the essence of being more then just another workplace for our staff.
As a result during the GFC we didn't only not cancel our christmas party like other major companies, but we probably had 10 times the functions and staff BBQ's. However over the last 3 years we have had outstanding and continual improvements in staff moral and retention, which has really supported us through a time of aggresive growth.
John Moon (Farm manager)
John Moon is 'The Leafs' longest standing employee and is a critical cog in ensuring the farm operations stay together. John is a plummber by trade, which comes very handy in our hydroponic operations, as we are continually repairing and ammending the plumbing.
Chris Celm (Admin and stock control)
Chris Celm has owned his own printing business and been a franchise owner of Yarra Valley Farms, so he brings to the table, experience, patience and excellence in his role and is extremely passionate about the business and where it is heading.
Chris holds one of the most important roles at 'The leaf', he is responsible for linking our produce in the fields all around Australia to our customers and ensures that produce arrives on time and in great quality to ensure that our Production team can produce it into the great products that we are known for. So if you are a customer and you are munching on a beautiful bunch of basil or enjoying your minty mojito, drop Chris a line and tell him his doing a great job..
If you want to have a chat to Chris please feel free and click here to shoot him an email
Adam Taylor (Business development manager)
Adam has recently joined 'The leaf' and is already kicking some big goals, Adam has had over 12 years of sales experience in selling food products to independent retailers across Australia; working with companies like Smiths chips, Quality Food World and Yumi's dips.
Adam is responsible for the overall sales and product development in our 'Garnished Flavours' category, on a daily basis he is visiting our retailer partners and continually getting idea's from our retailers how to increase their sales of our products and coming up with new Garnishing products. Some of the new products Adam is looking at launching are; pre-packed salads, Chillies, snowpeas and a dried herbs range.
So if you are a keen retailer that is looking for a high quality and a continually changing range of Popular garnishing products, Adam is your man and he always prides himself on a high level of service to our retailers,
If you want to have a chat to Adam please feel free and click here to shoot him an email
Barbara Celm (In store merchandising and brand compliance)
Barbara Celm has life long experience in retail sales and has worked in a wide range of retail sales roles and her gift is how to understand consumer behaviour in a retail environment and find ways to improve sales through product positioning, promotion and merchandising.
Her role at 'The Leaf', is one that sees her working with some of the Nations best retailers and developing better instore merchandising concepts for our Garnished Flavours Range and further supporting retailers with our ongoing promotion programs, one example is our on going 'Herb of the month promotion'. If you have seen our products in stores or are a retailer that wants some idea;s on how to merchandise our products please do not hesitate to email Barbara.
If you want to have a chat to Barbara please feel free and click here to shoot her an email
Faye & Angela Lim (Accounts)
Faye and Angela joined our team through our accountants Cobin Lim associates, they look after all the accounts & book keeping at 'The Leaf' and ensure everything is running smoothly, their main days of work are Monday's and Tuesdays.
If you want to have a chat to Faye or Angela please feel free and click here to shoot them an email