Pork CRC Directors


Mr Dennis Mutton BSc.(Hons), Grad Dip Mgt, JP, FAICD, FAIM – Independent


Mr Mutton is an experienced Board Chair and Director and an independent consultant in resource planning and development, leadership, strategic management and regional development. He is Chair of SA Dairy Industry Fund and Australasian Pork Research Institute Ltd. He is a Commissioner, Development Assessment Commission of SA and a Director of WPG Resources Ltd. He was Chair of the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation and Council of Rural R&D Corporations. He has had a distinguished career in the South Australian Public Service and industry, including as Chief Executive of Primary Industries and Resources SA and Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Board Members


Ms Sandra Di Blasio BA (Acc), CPA, GAICD – Independent director

Sandra Di Blasio

Ms Di Blasio has more than 25 years’ experience in audit, finance and risk management and is currently on a number of boards, chairing finance, audit and risk committees.  Her board roles include industries such as education, research and disability. Her experience also extends across government, private sector and not for profit. Her working career includes employment with the public service, a professional services firm and banking and finance.


Prof John Pluske BSc(Agric)(Hons), PhD (UWA), RAnNutr

John Pluske

Professor John Pluske is located at Murdoch University. He is a world renowned nutritional digestive physiologist with particular expertise in the nutrition and growth and development of the young and growing pig. He has extensive managerial experience in the university environment.

Mr Kenton Shaw BAppSci, GradDip ManMgt

Kenton Shaw

Mr Shaw is General Manager, Agricultural Operations, Rivalea Australia, having held that role since 2007. A graduate of University of Queensland, he has more than 27 years’ experience in the pig industry, working across all areas of production, including feed milling. He is a member of Victorian Farmers Federation Pork Committee and an Australian Pork Ltd delegate. While responsible for all pig production and, recently, feed milling at Rivalea, a major focus is on implementing sustainable production systems that enhance animal welfare and meet the needs of the public, while ensuring long-term viability of the organisation and the industry.

Mr Andrew Spencer BAgSc (Melb), GAICD

Andrew Spencer
Mr Spencer has been CEO of Australian Pork Ltd since July 2005.
He previously worked for 10 years in France, South Africa and Germany in agricultural biotechnology, seeds and chemicals business. He commenced his career in Australia in marketing and product management in the agricultural chemicals business sector after completing his studies in the mid-1980s. Through his tenure with APL, he has helped to work the industry through significant challenges, including the 2009 ‘Swine Flu’ pandemic, large increases in imported pork volumes into Australia and a profitability crisis in 2007/08. He has an Agricultural Science degree from Melbourne University and is a director of Australian Farm Institute and PorkScan Pty Ltd.  He is a graduate member of Australian Institute of Company Directors and a fellow of Australian Institute of Management.

Mr Chris Trengrove – Independent Director

Chris Trengrove1

Mr Trengrove, a New Zealand pork producer, was a Director of NZ Pork for 15 years and Chairman for nine. For the past 35 years he has owned and managed a 450 sow outdoor piggery, in partnership with wife Judith, having previously spent a decade in banking. For five years he chaired the R&D Committee of NZ Pork Board and served for five years on Massey University/NZ Pork Consultative Committee.

Professor Robert van Barneveld B.Agr.Sc. (Hons), PhD, RAnNutr, FAICD

Rob van Barneveld

Professor Robert van Barneveld is Group CEO and Managing Director of Sunpork Group of Companies, which includes Sunpork Farms, Sunpork Fresh Foods, Swickers Kingaroy Bacon Factory and Sunpork Solutions. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Ridley Corporation, Deputy Chair of Autism CRC Ltd, Chairman of Social Skills Training Pty Ltd and a Director of Roseworthy Piggery Pty Ltd. He is a former Director of Australian Pork Ltd and Porkscan Pty Ltd. He has a PhD in pig nutrition and has worked as a consultant scientist and nutritionist in Australia and overseas for the past 20 years.