Who We Are

Nick Carracher
NICK CARRACHER
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

In Nick’s 20+ years in trading and sales, he has gained extensive skill around derivative markets (specialising in options and OTC products). Nicks’ familiarity with how producers, consumers and traders work give him the unique ability to forward think and mitigate risk.

Nick was raised on a mixed farm in Lucindale, in the South East of South Australia. After studying Agricultural Business and Management at the University of Sydney, he began his career as an Agricultural advisor. For 6 years he domestically and internationally traded physical grains and oilseeds, before moving to Singapore to run ANZ’s Asian Agricultural trading desk. Nick joined Goldman Sachs in Singapore, later moving to New York and trading exposure generated by the Commodity Index and investor products. Nick relocated back to Australia to head up INTL FCStone’s Advisory desk. Nick, his wife Kate and 3 children are now happy to call Australia home again.

Lachie Stevens
LACHIE STEVENS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

In Lachie’s 17+ years in the grain industry he has become the go to man for strategic growth and grain analysis. Using risk management and derivative strategies he can help you locate your weaknesses and grow your profitability.

Lachie grew up in a family farming enterprise in NSW. He began his studies with a bachelor of Agricultural Science from Melbourne University. Furthering his knowledge with a diploma in Risk Management from Monash University and closing it out with an advanced diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute.

Lachie spent 7 years working at commodity giant Louis Dreyfus where he was responsible for a range of roles from analysis and risk management, trading (canola, wool, sorghum), procurement and settling into the role as their Oilseeds Trading Manager.

Lachsock Consulting was founded in 2007 by Lachie and up until the recent appointment of Nick as CEO, he also took on the role of Managing Director. Lachie has recently relocated to Colorado in the USA, to focus on the service and development of Lachstock internationally. Lachie is also focused on growing the strategy and management of the research platform with assistance of the executive team.

Tim Glass
TIM GLASS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Tim’s background in trading and risk management strengthens the business and allows LSC to give sound, measured and tailored advice to producers, consumers and corporate agribusiness’.  Tim’s knowledge of financial markets and his personal farming experience give him an in depth understanding of the true drivers of strong agricultural returns.

He lives just north of Holbrook in Southern NSW on a mixed farming property with his wife Kelly and three boys. Tim studied commerce at Melbourne University and in addition has studied a Grad Dip in Finance from the Securities Institute and completed a Diploma of Financial Markets Accreditation from AFMA.

Tim started his career over 20 years ago in the family grain merchant business. He then joined AWB for 8 years working in Melbourne, USA and Switzerland trading physical and derivative grain positions. In 2008, Tim moved to the National Australia Bank as Global Head of Commodity Trading. Moving to Holbrook saw him take a Director role with NAB helping educate the market on the use of hedging tools. In 2013 Tim started his own consultancy firm advising family and corporate agricultural enterprises and in 2014 merged this business with Lachstock Consulting becoming the Executive Director.

David Paton
DAVID PATON
GENERAL MANAGER
DAIRY

David brings a wealth of knowledge in understanding the agricultural supply chain and implementing strategies around reducing risk for his consumer clients. David primarily works with dairy clients in both Australia and New Zealand using forward risk minimisation strategies based on farm profitability, measures and goals.

David was brought up on a dairy farm in the Mitta Mitta valley in the North East of Victoria. He graduated from La Trobe University with a double degree in Agricultural Science (Honors) and Business (Major – Finance). After university, he worked for Glencore Grain for 5 years specialising in the areas of grain accumulation, fertiliser trading and logistics.

David joined Lachstock Consulting in 2012 as a Senior Dairy Adviser, manager and consultant. In 2018, David was appointed as the General Manager of Lachstock Consulting Dairy where he is responsible for the strategic direction, management and corporate advice for our consumer clients. David is an integral part of the Lachstock executive leadership team with Nick, Tim and Lachie.

Anna Wells
ANNA WELLS
SENIOR ADVISOR
NORTHERN REGION

Through Anna’s knowledge of the distinctive nature of farming in the north she recognises the need for tailored proactive advice. Her agronomy background and personal farming experience give her an exceptional understanding of the Queensland market.

After starting her career as an Agronomist, Anna continued studying this area of expertise at the University of Sydney where she studied Agricultural Commerce. Anna has also completed the Sydney Futures Exchange registered representative course and the CBA Cambiste financial markets seminar. In 1996, she began work at Queensland Cotton as their Marketing Services Officer. After 4 years in this role she moved to Monsanto and joined their team as Business Manager where she won the master sales award for her work developing the first late crop removal program. After almost 8 years at Monsanto Anna joined Louis Dreyfus to develop their accumulation into Northern NSW and Southern QLD.

Anna became part of the Lachstock team in 2012 as Principal Advisor to both consumers and producers in Northern NSW/QLD. Anna’s focus is on business development around grain and cotton in the northern region.

JOE REYNOLDS
SENIOR ADVISOR
CENTRAL REGION

Joe’s strong background managing grain accumulation and developing regional crop forecasts helps him to identify and build on opportunities within the market. He works within the supply chain to provide efficiencies in line with your trading strategy.

Joe grew up on a family farm in Adelong SNSW and is still involved with his own farming interests. In 2011 he completed a degree in Agribusiness at Charles Sturt University Wagga. He began employment in 2010 with GrainCorp where he took on the role of Grain Merchant for four years. Joe grew his career at GrainCorp eventually moving into the role of Regional Planner.

Joe joined Lachstock Consulting in 2019 as a Senior Advisor for the Central region. Working closely with Tim Glass, Joe is developing operational and supply chain efficiencies that will assist in refining the strategic direction for clients.

JOCK CAMERON
ADVISOR
SOUTHERN REGION

Jock comes to us having been raised on a mixed cropping and livestock enterprise near Mt Torrens, in South Australia. Jock has completed both a Diploma of Agribusiness and an Associated degree in Agribusiness at Marchus Oldham College. Jock is also currently in the process of completing a Bachelor of Agribusiness.

In conjunction with his education, Jock commenced work with COFCO as a Trade Assistant in 2015 and after two years in this role was promoted to Southern Origination Manager. This role has given him a strong background in supply & demand forecasting, pricing, trading and market knowledge, which gives him a great platform to take on the role of Advisor. His knowledge will help clients access more markets and have greater visibility and understanding of pricing impacts.

Jock has recently joined the Lachstock team where he has taken over the role of Advisor to the Southern region. Jock brings his strong work ethic and local market knowledge with the ambition to increase communication and grow strong relationships for our Southern clients.

TOM OSTBY
HEAD OF RESEARCH AND ANALYTICS

Tom grew up in Montana, USA where he continues to manage his own personal farming interests. After working at Lachstock from 2012 to 2016, Tom spent 2 years in Geneva in the grain industry there before relocating back to his home state of Montana

Tom re-joined Lachstock in 2018 to head up our research platform as we strive for innovation and efficiency.

LOUIS DAVIDSON
GRADUATE

Louis has a strong passion for agribusiness where he has worked for seed merchants, contractors, dairy and sheep/beef farms gaining a well-rounded understanding of the supply chain.

Louis holds a Masters in Business Management from Canterbury University post completing a Bachelor of Science from Lincoln University.

Louis joined the Lachstock team as part of the graduate program which aims to provide vast exposure to the Australian grain industry and supply chain.

Georgie van Beek
GEORGIE VAN BEEK
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION MANAGER

Georgie provides the staff with support ensuring systems, processes and client position reports are accurate and up to date.

Georgie has worked in the customer service industry for 18+ years. With a strong background in customer service and accounts management. Georgie’s strengths lie in customer relations, operational efficiency and financial improvement.

Georgie joined Lachstock consulting in 2017 as Business Administrator and now manages the development and implementation of improving business practices.

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