Caroline Rhodes has two decades of professional experience in agribusiness, specialising in stakeholder management and regulatory affairs. She has held senior roles in both the corporate and government sectors, while forging a career with State and Federal farmer representative bodies in Australia.
Caroline is passionate about agriculture and rural communities. She has a deep and enduring affinity with farming families and has a deep personal commitment to advancing rural industry through science-based innovation and applied research. Such is her conviction, that in 2014, Caroline was recognised as one of the Top 100 Women in Australian Agriculture by Fairfax Rural Media, celebrating her influence in agricultural policy at a national level.
Caroline has a particular interest in the non-profit sector and has served as Chief Executive Officer of the peak industry body, Grain Producers SA, since 2018. Her current external board appointments include the South Australian Cricket Association (2016-Present), the Umbrella Charity and Foodbank South Australia (2014-Present). Caroline joined the Board of Rural Business Support in 2015.
Caroline holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Adelaide, a Master of Agribusiness from the University of Melbourne and a Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Program and remains active in the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation alumni.
As a company director, Caroline understands the intangible value of reputation and the need to exercise sound judgement in day-to-day business operations. Caroline encourages all members of RBS to engage and serve our stakeholders and clients at the grassroots level of the rural communities in which we serve.