Chris grew up on the family farm at Coomberdale in the wheatbelt of Western Australia. He’s been immersed in the grains industry since 1995 and has held numerous roles in research, extension, sales, marketing, and consultancy. With a deep knowledge and passion of the grains industry and a solid reputation for working for farmers, Tonks founded Ten Tigers in 2004 as a dedicated grain marketing advisory business.
He is an Authorised Representative (AR No. 290288) of AFS License 329063
Tonks is a mad Phantom fan (hence Ten Tigers) and loves hockey, and travelling – sometimes even with his children.
Client Manager – Data & Technical Analysis
Michael is from Geraldton and his family farmed around the Chapman Valley area. He is an experienced and skilled grain marketer who has been a consultant in the grains industry since 2000. With a strong background in accounting and information management, Michael brings expertise in budgeting, forecasting, analysis and development of marketing strategies.
Michael lives in Busselton with his wife and their two sons. In between keeping busy with community involvement through school and sporting clubs, Michael has also been known to run half marathons and restore the occasional Dodge or Chrysler.
Client Manager – Grain Marketing & Business Administration
Jacquie hails from Three Springs and has been an integral part of the Ten Tigers team since 2008. Having previously worked with Chris at AWB Ltd in Geraldton Jacquie has many years experience in the grains industry.
She values the strong relationships she has developed over the years with clients and buyers and, as she says “it is all about trust”. Jacquie is passionate about grain marketing and delivering consistent results to growers.
Client Manager - Grain Marketing & Business Development
Corey, originally from Newdegate, has many years’ experience in the grains industry, most recently as Operations Manager (Daily Grain) and Key Account Manager (CBH Grain). Corey has lived and studied around Western Australia, from Narrogin, to Albany to Perth. Prior to completing a Bachelor of Business at Muresk, Corey worked as a shearer, truck driver and seasonal farmhand. He knows agriculture!
With his comprehensive knowledge of all levels of the WA supply chain and his marketing expertise, Corey is a valuable addition to Ten Tigers.
He’s a bit of an expert vege gardener but would really prefer to be fishing.
Business Development & Marketing (part-time)
Kate is originally from Badgingarra, where her family still farm grain, sheep and cattle. Kate is passionate about seeing farmers get the most value for their efforts and embraces real food and paddock to plate ethos.
In fact, Kate has been known to take wheat from the header box at Badgy and turn it into bread and pizza dough in Geraldton. Kate is also a veterinarian, a teacher and a hockey tragic.
Grain Marketing Assistant – Administration
Carmel joined Ten Tigers in 2016 having previously worked in the veterinary and banking industry as well as seasonal stints with the (then) Department of Agriculture. She spent her childhood on a farm in Grass Valley and her extended family farm at Cadoux.
Carmel thrives on a busy workload with strict deadlines and attention to detail.
Away from Ten Tigers Carmel is just as busy, with involvement in many local clubs including basketball, soccer, hockey, and footy.