Brent Casey — General Manager
MCM Economics (Hons), BCM Accounting and Finance
Brent was appointed General Manager of QCS in May 2016. Brent is responsible for strategy development and implementation as well as oversight of the entire operation including all sugar pricing, trading, and marketing. Previously, Brent held the positions of General Manager Marketing at Emerald Grain, General Manager Trading and Marketing at Queensland Sugar Limited, and has held various management roles within the BP Group.
His extensive leadership and commodity risk management experience, together with his sugar industry knowledge, and trading and marketing expertise, are important factors in guiding QCS through the next phase of growth for the company as well as through the changes that have occurred and will continue to occur in the Queensland sugar industry.
Brent has strong relationships with international sugar groups and extensive knowledge of the Asian and Middle Eastern markets and customers. He is also a director of Australian Molasses Trading Pty Ltd.
Darren Chen — Trading Manager
Bachelor of Commerce, Diploma of Education
Darren was appointed as QCS’ Trading Manager in May 2019. In this role, Darren is responsible for QCS’s sugar pricing, pricing and foreign exchange risk management, managing risks associated with trade execution and pricing and risk management reporting.
Darren brings considerable trading, pricing, foreign exchange, and marketing experience to QCS. Prior to joining QCS, Darren spent four years in grains and over ten years in sugar, working for international sugar trade houses Cargill and, most recently, Alvean.
Alvean specialises in originating, commercialising and trading raw and white sugar globally, including Australia.
Cargill is the largest privately-owned corporation in America, with major businesses trading, purchasing and distributing agricultural commodities across the globe, including sugar. Prior to forming Alvean as a joint venture with Copersucar, Cargill was one of the largest sugar trading companies in the world. Copersucar, the world’s largest sugar and ethanol company, is based in Brazil, and is one of the largest exporters of sugar worldwide.
Arthur Douglas — Grower Services Officer
Arthur Douglas was appointed as QCS’ Grower Services Officer in July 2019.
Arthur brings an outstanding record of building and maintaining customer relationships, in-depth knowledge of the sugar industry and a strong understanding of financial risk and cashflow management for agricultural businesses.
Arthur is a well-known face around the Mackay region, having worked as an Agribusiness Banking Manager with the National Australia Bank in the Mackay and Rockhampton regions for two decades.
Arthur will be working out of QCS’ Farleigh office, but will spend most of his time out and about helping MSL growers with their GEI sugar pricing and marketing needs.
Bevan Patterson — Risk and Finance Manager
MAppFin (QUT), BCom (UQ), FRM, CPA.
Bevan was appointed Risk and Finance Manager of QCS in March 2017. In this role, Bevan oversees the middle and back office functions of QCS, including traded financial risk reporting and policy compliance, treasury operations and finance.
Bevan brings a broad range of experience across advisory, investment banking and energy markets. Prior to joining QCS, he held similar roles at Stanwell Corporation, HSBC and Citigroup.
Bevan has a proven track record in strategic commercial thinking along with technical astuteness, with over 18 years’ experience in corporate treasury, quantitative risk and finance, both in Australia and in various international locations.
Shaun Tupou — Treasury Analyst
Studying Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Finance)
Shaun commenced with QCS in November 2016 in the role of Treasury Analyst. In this role, Shaun supports the management of sugar and currency risk by preparing financial market reports and information on relevant financial risks, liaising with stakeholders and supporting the development of a best-practice price risk management function.
Deborah Wright — Commodity Services Manager
Deborah was appointed as Commodity Services Manager in December 2013, and is responsible for servicing the needs of QCS’ cane growing customers and the Long Term Banded Pricing Program.
In addition, Deborah manages the quality of sugar and molasses customer deliveries. Prior to joining QCS, Deborah worked in the sugar industry in various roles, most recently as Marketing Officer in Mackay Sugar. Deborah has a great appreciation of cane farming and sugar production, with formal qualifications in sugar chemistry. Deborah’s family are third-generation cane farmers in the Mackay region.