BUSINESS OWNER/MANAGING DIRECTOR
Graeme Freemantle is the twin son of Reg & Joyce Freemantle who owned Glenvale Farm and Freemantle’s Lucerne Mills. Graeme was educated in the local township of Maryborough and on leaving school in 1975 joined his father’s business as a general hand and truck driver. In 1992 Graeme purchased the business and began realising his vision of diversifying and expanding the products and services of Freemantle Stock Feeds. Under the guidance and mentoring of his friend and former manager Trevor O’Shea (now deceased) the pair set about establishing the building blocks for Freemantle Stock Feeds P/L as it is today.
A lifetime involved in the farming industry has educated Graeme in the purchasing and manufacturing of quality stock feed. Liaising with local producers Graeme identifies and purchases the raw products required for milling and the development of product lines. Contract harvesting is organised and scheduled to meet the demand of maturing crops around the area by Graeme and his team of harvesters.
Like his father before him, Graeme is community spirited lending assistance where he can to local groups and organisations. Following the Black Saturday bush fires of 2007, Graeme drove one of the first semi’s of donated stock feed into the St Andrews area devastated by the fires. From selling ANZAC Day badges to clearing roads after storms, there is more to the man of Graeme Freemantle than meets the eye.
When not working, Graeme enjoys blowing the cobwebs away on his Honda 1300 Cruiser, following his AFL team Richmond and developing gardens on his home block.
Joining the office team of Freemantle Stock Feeds P/L in 2012, Mary Heddell comes with a diverse background in business and health. Originally a Registered Nurse with a passion for the field of cancer and palliative care, Mary has been a manager of an in-patient cancer treatment unit and a community based palliative care team in Melbourne. Prior to joining the team at Freemantle Stock Feeds as Business Manager, Mary was involved in the clothing wholesale and manufacturing industry including the establishment and operation of four retail stores across country Victoria.
Playing a key role in the business activities of Freemantle Stock Feeds Mary’s role includes human resources, occupational health and safey, financial management and meeting of legislative requirements along with the development and introduction of new product branding.
Another Richmond supporter in the office, Mary has a passion for cooking, patchwork and her little terrier-cross Malcolm who loves coming to work with her every day in the office.
OFFICE ADMINISTRATION & LOGISTICS
Helen joined the team at Freemantle Stock Feeds in late 2015 and is the first point of contact for customers when they phone. She is the “voice” that so many recognise but have seldom seen. Helen’s primary role is to co-ordinate customer orders, invoices and deliveries along with maintaining stock levels.
Originally from Ballarat, Helen has a background in office management having spent many years working with Centrelink and the Education Department.
As a busy working mum with two teenage children, Helen’s family also includes two dogs Trini and Lucy who keep her company on morning walks. Gardening and craft are two of her many hobbies when time permits.
OFFICE ADMINISTRATION & FINANCE
With a strong background in finance and computers, Allan joined the team in mid-2012. Originating from Wagga Wagga and educated in Albury Allan’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Business in Accounting and Computing. Allan has worked across a variety of businesses in the Albury-Wodonga region beginning in the National Bank and expanding to GMAC Finance, McRae Motors and Net Intellect.
Using the store of skills obtained over the years, Allan’s current role includes overall financial responsibilities, account payments, budgets, payroll and superannuation payments along with being our in-house computer man.
Outside of work, Allan is a huge train buff with a particular interest in H O Victorian trains and he is a passionate Richmond supporter attending many games throughout the AFL season. Allan holds the office record for the largest pet in the office – Chevy the Shepard. Along with his wife, they are in the process of developing a native sanctuary on their lifestyle block with the aim of returning the bush to as close to a native environment as possible.
Steve joined the team in August 2014 having come to us with a strong background in retail and wholesale agricultural sales. Hailing from the Mallee, Steve grew up on the family broad-acre cropping farm near Underbool which his family continue to farm today. Educated at the local primary school and later at Ouyen Secondary College, he began his working life in rural merchandising.
Steve has worked around the Mallee region, living in Swan Hill and later operated his own business selling rural supplies in Hopeton. Now a resident of Ballarat for the last 7 years with wife Judy and son Ben, Steve has joined the team at Freemantle Stock Feeds.
When not on the road spruiking our products, Steve is an avid Essendon supporter (struggling to be heard amongst the Tigers strong office team!!!) and enjoys travelling with his wife and son.