Report a Fault: (08) 8586 6050Annual General Meeting on 6/12/2021

Our Board

Humphrey Howie

Presiding Member

Humphrey is the proprietor of an organic citrus-growing and packing enterprise, and has a degree in Agricultural Science and a Diploma in Permaculture Design.

Humphrey’s family business has been growing fruit on the same land for over 100 years. The orchard began converting to organic management in 1994 and is certified organic with NASAA (National Association of Sustainable Agriculture Australia).

Humphrey has been involved with a range of NRM organisations and is currently a member of the Bookmark Creek Action Group, the Renmark Paringa Coucil Landcare Committee and is the current Chair of the Renmark Environmental Watering Committee.

Humphrey has been on the Trust Board since 1997, and was elected Presiding Member in 2019.

Kate Strachan

Deputy Presiding Member

Kate is a fifth generation fruit grower in Renmark.

Kate is a Viticulturist, beginning with Southcorp in the Barossa Valley and the Riverland, then at Taylors Wines and Knappstein Wines in the Clare Valley. Kate has over 27 years of experience in the winegrape growing industry. In 2013 she returned to the family fruit property to grow figs, pomegranates and winegrapes.

Kate has expertise in the technical aspects of viticulture, horticulture, logistics, procurement and project management, and is also an Agricultural Educator, believing that education at all levels is the key to the long term social, economic and environmental sustainability of our agricultural sector.

Kate was elected to the Trust Board in 2013, and was elected Deputy Presiding Member in 2019.

David Ludas

Assistant Deputy Presiding Member

David’s involvement with the Wine Industry spans over 40 years. David, together with his wife and son, manages 50 hectares of vineyard in Renmark North.

David has seen and experienced major changes in irrigation infrastructure, management, and water policy.

David is passionate and committed to representing RIT members and the district to ensure their water entitlements are being supplied.

David also sits on the South Australian Murray Irrigators (SAMI) Committee and the River Murray Advisory Committee (RMAC).

David was elected to the Trust Board in 2007, and was elected Assistant Deputy Presiding Member in 2019.

James Butler


James is a grower with irrigation properties within the Renmark and Chaffey districts.

James has been a Director of the Renmark Irrigation Trust since 2012 and also currently sits on the South Australian Murray Irrigators (SAMI) Committee and the Bookmark Creek Action Group.

Ibrahim Demir


Ibrahim’s family migrated to Australia from Turkey in 1970, settling in Sydney before moving to Renmark in 1977.

Ibrahim has been involved in fruit growing in Renmark since 1980, being involved in all aspects of the operation and production of produce.

Ibrahim was elected to the Trust Board in 2004.

Jasvindar Kor


Jasvindar co-manages Bachra Produce which operates an irrigated horticulture and packing shed business. Stone fruit is grown for sale on the Australian fresh market, together with wine grapes and oranges.

Jasvindar grew up in Fiji and has been in Renmark since 2000.

Jasvindar was appointed to the Trust Board in 2021.

Jim Markeas


Jim manages the Mallee Estate Winery, producing all wines onsite. Under Jim’s management, Mallee Estate Wines, initially established in 1998, has expanding export markets in China, Hong Kong and the USA.

In 2015 Jim was awarded Riverland Winemaker of the Year.

Jim was elected to the Trust Board in 2016.