Our independent board

​​​​​We are governed by an independent board.

The role of the board is to ensure the proper, efficient and effective performance of our key functions.

Our board is appointed by the Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management and the Minister for Finance.

Current board


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Ms Karen Smith-Pomeroy was appointed Chair of the Regional Investment Corporation board in March 2020.

Karen is an experienced non-executive director, with involvement in several market sectors including agribusiness, energy, property and financial services. She has significant experience as a senior executive in the financial services sector. Karen has specific expertise in risk and governance, deep expertise in credit risk and specialist knowledge of a number of industry sectors, including property, energy and infrastructure.

Karen is currently a non-executive director of Kina Securities Limited, Stanwell Corporation Limited, and Queensland Treasury Corporation (Capital Markets Board). She is also the Chair of National Affordable Housing Consortium. Karen holds accounting qualifications and is a Graduate of the Advanced Risk Management Course Wharton College, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Karen is also a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants, Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Ms Prue Bondfield has significant agribusiness and farming expertise from her role as General Manager and Director of the Palgrove Group, a corporate livestock business with properties in Queensland and NSW. Prue holds a Law degree and has strong agriculture industry networks from various roles on Commonwealth and State entities and advisory committees. 

Prue is currently a Director of Australian Livestock Export Corporation Ltd and Black Box Co Pty Ltd. 

Prue was Chair of the Beef Industry Sustainability Framework Steering Committee, which was formed by the Red Meat Advisory Council. Prue was previously a Director of the State Management Council for the NSW Livestock Health and Pest Authorities, and the Beef Improvement Association. 

Ms Sharon Starick runs a combined grain and pork business in the Murraylands in South Australia. She brings not only practical on-farm knowledge, but 20 years’ experience with industry bodies, natural resource management groups, government boards and other private and public organisations.

Sharon is the current Chair of Animal Health Australia and APIQ which is the quality assurance program for the pork industry. Sharon is also on the board of the Grains Research and Development Corporation, Murray Plains Farmers, Nature Foundation and Royal Automobile Association of SA.  Until 2020, Sharon was the Chair of Rural Business Support, which provides rural financial counselling services for South Australia and Northern Territory. ​


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Mr Mike Carroll has more than 35 years professional experience in food and agribusiness. Mike comes from a family who have farmed in north-east Victoria for over 150 years and has his farm business in western Victoria.

Mike’s current directorships include Rural Funds Management, Paraway Pastoral Company, Viridis Ag, Genetics Australia. Mike is also chair of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.

During his executive career, Mike held senior positions at the National Australia Bank (NAB) where he was responsible for establishing and leading NAB’s Agribusiness division. Before joining NAB, he worked for companies involved in animal health and crop care.


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Ms Sally Freeman is an experienced Non-Executive Director with a proven ability in risk management, financial and internal audit, board governance, and compliance.  

Sally’s current directorships include Netwealth, Netwealth Superannuation Services and Eastern Health. Sally is currently an audit committee member of Health Share Victoria, Commonwealth Games Australia, and Caulfield Grammar.  Sally’s executive career comprised over 30 years’ experience in the Accounting and Consultancy industries culminating in number of leadership roles with KPMG: Global Executive - Risk Consulting Services, Australia Managing Partner Risk Consulting, Partner in charge Board Advisory and Managing Partner Internal Audit.  Sally is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Chief Executive Women.