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Management Team

Jim Leighton

CEO & Managing Director

US food industry veteran Jim Leighton was appointed as CEO and Managing Director on 18 October 2018.

Jim is a deeply experienced leader in the Protein and Poultry arena, with a valuable blend of commercial and operations functional expertise and a reputation for building capability and scaling operations to support business growth.

Prior to his role at Ingham’s, Jim was President and Founder of 40North Foods which was a start-up venture backed by the global company Pilgrims Pride and JBS and currently serves on the Board of Aryzta, a €3.4 billion*, public, global specialty baking business head quartered in Europe.

* Aryzta Annual Report 2018. Available hereOpens in new window

Ian Brannan

Chief Financial Officer

Ian joined Ingham’s in May 2015 as Chief Financial Officer. Ian has 25 years’ senior management experience in public and private companies in Australia, the US and the UK. He has held senior financial roles with Sara Lee Bakery, Arnott’s Biscuits and Campbell Soup and most recently was CFO for GWA Group Limited and prior to that Carter Holt Harvey Building Supplies Group. Ian also serves as secretary and director on a number of Ingham’s companies.

Jonathan Gray


Jonathan joined Ingham’s in 2008 as Retail Sales Manager for Ingham’s Enterprises NZ before moving into the National Sales Manager position in 2010. In October 2015, he was promoted to executive leader of the Sales division based in Sydney and in February 2016 also took over the Marketing division. Jonathan has extensive experience in retail sales in the UK, NZ and Australia and has held senior positions with Countdown Supermarkets and Marks and Spencer.

Andrew Leighton

Strategy & Business Development

Andrew joined Ingham’s in July 2018 from Norske Skog Australasia where he served as Regional President. During this period Andrew also served as Vice Chairman of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) and a member of the Federal Government’s Forest Industry Advisory Council (FIAC). Prior to his role as Regional President, Andrew held senior roles in sales, marketing, logistics and business development with Norske Skog in Australia and Canada. Andrew also has extensive experience in FMCG sales and brand management with HJ Heinz and Nestle.

Tim Singleton

Chief Operations Officer

Tim joined Ingham’s in May 2019 from Case Farm in the US, where he held the position of Vice President.  

Tim has over 20 years’ experience in the poultry industry, and has also held key operational roles at Pilgrim’s Pride, Simmons Prepared Foods and Tyson’s Food.

Within Ingham’s, Tim has responsibility for Farming, Primary Processing, Further Processing, Warehousing and Logistics and Operational Support.

Seb Brandt

Chief Marketing Officer

Seb joined Ingham’s in 2019 to the newly created Marketing role and brings nearly 20 years’ experience.

Seb has held marketing roles in companies including McDonalds, Fosters, PepsiCo and Red Bull among others. He brings 20 years of experience gained both locally and globally in the Food & Beverage, QSR and Retail categories.

Seb's skills and passion lie in the development and implementation of brand and consumer strategies, creating new business and importantly, a focus on innovation.

Chris Croese

Sales Director

Chris joined Ingham’s in 2019 from Woolworths, where he has held several leadership roles, most recently as the Head of Meat.

Previously Chris held senior roles with Beak and Johnston, Harris Farm and Hans Smallgoods. Chris brings a great depth of experience in retail operations, sales and customer relationship management in the poultry and broader food industry.

Anne Marie Mooney

Feed Business Director

Anne-Marie joined Ingham’s in May 2018 as the General Manager Milling Operations. Anne-Marie brings 10 years’ of experience at Ridley Corporation Ltd, where she held a number of senior executives roles in both the commercial and feed areas. In May 2019, Anne-Marie was appointed as the Feed Business Director and is responsible for feed procurement, milling and ingredients.

Katherine Balding

Group Technical Services Director

Katherine has been with the Ingham’s business for over 25 years’, joining us in April 1994. During her time in Ingham’s she has been in a range of roles in the nutrition side of the business, providing expert nutrition advice and direction. Katherine was appointed as the Director Technical Services in September 2017 and is responsible for nutrition, our chemistry and microbiology laboratories, veterinary health, research and development, Ingham’s product pride program and quality assurance across the whole supply chain.

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