Emma-Kate Rose, Executive Director
Bachelor Degree in Justice Studies
Emma-Kate has extensive skills in applied research, sessional lecturing, project management, event management and start-up enterprise development. She joined Food Connect as General Happiness Manager in 2011, coordinating a significant internal restructure, improving financial accountability and getting ‘investment-ready’ to scale impact.
The enterprise has led the way in transforming the local food system through paying farmers a fair price, employing marginalised people, and engaging over 60 volunteers around Brisbane to act as pick up points for customers. Focusing on ecological agriculture, family farms and strong local communities, Food Connect has developed its model over the last decade and open-sourced it's model with replications in cities and regions across Australia and New Zealand.
In May 2013, Emma-Kate became a Fellow of the Australian School for Social Entrepreneurs. She is currently Chair of Queensland Social Enterprise Council and is a contributing author to Fair Food, published by University of Queensland Press.
Robert Pekin, Director and Chair
Robert is a former 4th generation organic dairy farmer and over the last 17 years has been innovating the concept of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in Australia.
In 2004 he founded Food Connect, a dynamic multi-farmer food distribution enterprise with an innovative community-based distribution system. In 2009, the Food Connect Foundation was launched to increase the scope of the fair food movement internationally and across Australia. Under the Food Connect Foundation, Think Food was initiated, a consultancy specialising in food systems research. Think Food assists clients to design visionary solutions for food and agriculture that can be implemented at any scale.
Robert is a member of the national board of Australian Social Enterprise Advisory Group, co-founder of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, and a member on the Boards of The Open Food Network and the Australian Food Hubs Network. He is a contributing author to Fair Food, published by University of Queensland Press.
Advisory Committee Members
Steve Williams, Director
Steve is Queensland Social Innovation Manager at Marist180, where he is developing a suite of innovation and entrepreneurship programs aimed at enabling Queenslanders experiencing disadvantage to take part in the exciting innovation and start-up space.
In his previous role as Social Enterprise Director at Sandbag Inc Steve led SEED PPM to be awarded small Australian Social Enterprise of the Year 2014.
Jennifer Le Saveant (nee Burns)
Masters Degree in Professional Accounting, Bachelor Degree in Marketing, MAICD.
Jennifer is a Certified Practicing Accountant who has spent over 10 years working in taxation and business services manager roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers and HMW Partners, both based in Brisbane.
Jennifer currently runs her own accounting practice and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also a Director and Chair of YFS Ltd, based in Logan and surrounds.
Master of Business (Quality), Bachelor of Science (Physics, Mathematics) and
Bachelor of Arts.
Richard is a consultant, project manager and business analyst in information systems and organisational development. During a career of over 45 years in information technology, he had wide experience as a systems and product developer, analyst, tester, technical writer and consultant. He has also had line management experience in small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and has undertaken contract and consulting assignments in general management, change management, organisation development and business analysis in both the private and public sectors.
Richard currently also works part time at Griffith Criminology Institute (GCI) as Establishment Manager of the RealWell Children Centre and the Creating Pathways for Children in Disadvantaged Communities project.