(appointed Director on 23 January 2020)
Mark is an Independent, Non‑Executive Chairman of Forbidden Foods. He is the chair of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.
Mark has over 35 years’ experience in the finance industry. He is co‑founder and former joint managing director of M&A Partners, a Melbourne‑based boutique corporate advisory group. Prior to that, Mark held senior roles at Taverners Group, Merrill Lynch, Thorney Investment Group and Bennelong Group, specialising in funds management, equity capital markets and mergers and acquisitions. He currently serves on the board of the following ASX‑listed companies: as chairman of Pental Limited and non‑executive director of Traffic Technologies Ltd. Mark is also non‑executive director of Nimble Finance Limited.
With his deep experience in the finance industry, Mark is well placed to chair the Board and guide the Company’s business development and growth.
Mark has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland, is a Chartered Accountant and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
(appointed Director on 23 January 2020)
Colleen is an Independent, Non‑Executive Director of Forbidden Foods (appointed 23 January 2020. Colleen is the chair of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee and a member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.
Colleen has extensive experience in the Food and Beverage Industry. She has previously worked as a Business Development Director for Golden State Foods, where she co‑ordinated business units in the retail and food service sectors across Asia‑Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Colleen has also held senior positions at Kraft Heinz, where she was a member of the Australian leadership team. During her time at Kraft Heinz, Colleen has been responsible for market strategies, international tenders, customer relationship management, sales teams and the commercial performance of the Australian food service business unit.
Colleen is currently the business relationship manager at Turosi, a leading, privately owned Australian food manufacturer and supplier.
With over 20 years’ relevant experience and a deep understanding of the Food and Beverage Industry, Colleen is well equipped to be a Director of Forbidden Foods and help guide the Company’s development and growth.
Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director (Founder)
Marcus is Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Forbidden Foods. He is a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.
Marcus co‑founded Forbidden Foods in 2010, when he and co‑founder Jarrod Milani recognised an opportunity to build a strong brand‑led food business by introducing unique rice varieties into Australia and New Zealand. Since that time, the Company has become a diverse multi‑brand food and beverage company focusing on the wellness and organic markets, with various national and international sales channels.
Marcus previously worked in the corporate risk management and international captive insurance teams at AON, where he assisted multi‑national companies manage risk and insurance.
Marcus’s experience has given him a deep understanding of the critical areas required to manage a growing business and mitigate risk, which has been instrumental in the establishment and growth of Forbidden Foods.
During his time as CEO, Marcus has developed a broad network of reliable supply chain partners and is responsible for ensuring that the Company continues to meet its strategic objectives.
Marcus has a Bachelor of Business (International Trade) from Victoria University.
Chief Operating Officer/Managing Director (Founder)
Jarrod is Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of Forbidden Foods and co‑founded the Company with Marcus Brown in 2010. He is a member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.
Prior to co‑founding Forbidden Foods with Marcus Brown in 2010, Jarrod worked at Coles in various marketing‑related roles including trade planning, growth projects and supplier engagement.
Jarrod’s experience has given him the ability to manage ongoing relationships with suppliers, customers and manufacturers in order to help the Company meet its strategic objectives. He has played a vital role in the development of the Forbidden Foods brand proposition, strategy and product range.
Jarrod has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Swinburne University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Company Secretary (appointed 7 April 2020)
Adam was appointed Company Secretary in April 2020. He has extensive experience in senior corporate management roles at ASX listed and unlisted groups across a range of sectors including commercial property, funds management, telecommunications and eCommerce. He led business planning, funds management and investor relations through Centro Property Group’s successful restructure – widely regarded as the most complex corporate restructure in Australia. Adam was company secretary and head of investor relations for Luxury Escapes, an unlisted public company for over four years and in 2020 will complete a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance.
Adam has a Bachelor of Commerce (University of Melbourne), Graduate Diploma of Arts (Commercial Radio) (Swinburne University) and a Diploma of Investor Relations (Australasian Investor Relations Association).