The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) recently announced three new Directors with Tina Savona, Kate Fraser and Kate O’Sullivan joining the Board.

The appointment of Tina, Kate and Kate has expanded the RASV Board to a total of ten members with equal gender balance and representation from a variety of industry sectors including agriculture, finance, legal compliance, marketing and major event management.

RASV President, Matt Coleman was delighted to welcome the three new members, noting the vast leadership experience and unique expertise that each bring to the role.

“The addition of the three new Directors will further enhance the Board’s capacity and capability and I am thrilled to have them join the RASV,” said Mr Coleman. 

“The Board of The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria is committed to progressing the development of the long-term vision for Melbourne Showgrounds, maximising the appeal and success of the Royal Melbourne Show as a much-loved Victorian major event and the growth of the Food and Beverage Award Programs that remain highly valued by industry,” Mr Coleman concluded. 

Speaking on behalf of the new Directors, Tina was thrilled to be appointed to the RASV Board. “I am absolutely honoured to be joining the Board of The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria. I look forward to meeting and working with the other nine Board directors to build on the success of the RASV diverse range of competitions, awards and events,” said Tina.

The RASV Board’s overarching objectives are to represent and serve the interests of members, guide and monitor the business and affairs of RASV, and implement good corporate governance structures consistent with relevant ASX governance principles.

Left to right: Top Row: Darryl Ferris RASV Company Secretary, Directors: Dr. Peter Hertan, Darrin Grimsey, Kate Fraser, Rob Millar, Jason Ronald OAM. Bottom Row: Kate O’Sullivan, Matt Coleman, Dr. Catherine Ainsworth, Noelene King OAM, Tina Savona, RASV CEO Brad Jenkins


Tina Savona brings a strong corporate law background and currently employed at Cargill Inc, an American multinational agriculture/FMCG corporation, where the key focus of her role is risk identification and mitigation. Tina is currently a Board Director of Ivanhoe Grammar School and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. Tina is also a member of the Corporate Governance Committee of Food and Drink Victoria.

Kate Fraser brings strong board governance and experience in major event management businesses, specialising in marketing, communications, sponsorship, venue management, hospitality including food and beverage. Kate has held positions at the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and currently consults whilst on the Board of Goulburn Ovens TAFE.

Kate O’Sullivan brings many years of experience with large-scale events, food and beverage operations and education in the agricultural industry. Kate has held Board Director roles with the Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC), Essendon Football Club and Marcus Oldham Agricultural College. In her Board role at MVRC, Kate was involved in the masterplan of the new stand and site changes.