Our Board - SecondBite
SecondBite Food Charity Board of Directors

Board of Directors

SecondBite’s board consists of dedicated professionals who are committed to ending hunger, and ending waste. Our board members volunteer their time, experience and ideas to help SecondBite rescue as much food as possible to feed Australians who need it.

Joel Mahemoff SecondBite Board Chair

Joel Mahemoff  |  Chairperson

Joel joined the board of Second Bite in April 2023 and became chairperson later that year.

Joel is currently the Chief Executive Officer of JGL Investments having joined the group in October 2001. JGL Investments is one of Australia’s most prolific private investment groups with a diverse range of interests in Australia and Internationally.

In addition to his role as CEO Joel maintains private company directorships for a number of global and domestic strategic investments of the Group. He is the Founding Partner of Capital Zed a private venture capital fund focused on investing in high-growth companies in the tech and consumer segments. JGL’s Employee Philanthropy is a long-time supporter of Second Bite where Joel chairs the allocations committee.

Joel worked for several years in the UK within the Investment Banking arm of CIBC World Markets.  He was involved in the early establishment of CIBC’s European Leveraged Finance business. Prior to this, Joel worked as an analyst in Macquarie Bank’s Corporate Advisory/Investment Banking Division.  He completed two years as a solicitor with Arthur Robinson and Hedderwicks in their Structured Finance/Taxation and Corporate departments.

Joel graduated from Monash University with LLB (Hons)/BComm (Hons) and is a qualified Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Simone Carson (AM) SecondBite Co-founder

Simone Carson (AM)  |  Deputy Chairperson

Simone is a co-founder of SecondBite and was appointed Director in September 2006.

Simone was a Registered Nurse with a keen focus on children’s health. Simone worked in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Children’s Hospital and co-ordinated research projects for the Infectious Diseases Department. She also gained a certificate in Paediatric Intensive Care and subsequently became a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Simone completed a Bachelor of Education at La Trobe University and the Graduate Company Directors Course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Simone has a special interest in volunteers who are the “golden thread” enabling the significant growth and expansion of SecondBite’s work in the community and relationships within the food security sector. Simone is a member of the SecondBite Volunteer Committee and a Trustee of the SecondBite Future Trust. Until 2019, she was a board member of the St Vincent’s Institute Foundation.

In recognition of Simone’s tireless work in the community, she was inducted into the Victorian Honor Roll of Women in 2016, made a member of the Order of Australia in 2017 and awarded Melbournian of the Year in 2018. Simone was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2018 and will be looking to improve food rescue in Australia by examining best practices globally.

Julian Martin SecondBite Director

Julian Martin  |  Director

Julian Martin joined the SecondBite Board in February 2018. He served as Chairman from July 2020 to August 2023.

Julian has had a 30 year career in advertising holding CEO and Managing Director roles at advertising agencies in Melbourne, Sydney, London and New York. Julian is currently the Founder and Managing Partner of BrandCental. He has developed successful brand and communications strategies for major organisations across Finance, Retail, Food Service, Media, Package Goods, Professional and trade associations, and Federal, State and Local Government.

Julian has a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Owner President Program. His other community roles include multiple positions for Woollahra Municipal Council including Councillor, Chair of Corporate and Works Committee, and Vice Chair of Urban and Planning Committee. Julian has also been a Board member of the Holdsworth St Community Centre and of Bartle Bogle Hegarty in London.

Georgia Beattie SecondBite Board Member

Georgia Beattie  |  Director

Georgia joined the Second Bite board in March 2016. She is CEO of Bulla Park, Australia’s largest organic mushroom farm and a non-executive Director of Rowing Australia.

She specialises as a next gen farmer embracing the use of technology and innovation to achieve fast growth and scale in agriculture. She began her career in the startup space founding wine packaging business Lupé Wines in 2010. The company created innovative IP to manufacture a single serve glass of wine and raised venture capital to expand quickly into events, hotel minibars and airlines across Australia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China and Hong Kong. The company was acquired in 2016.

Prior to this Georgia spent a period in the tech industry as CEO of Realestate.com’s new venture Spacely as well as CEO of Startup Victoria. Georgia is also on the advisory board of Law Squared.

Rebecca Bedford SecondBite Board Member

Rebecca Bedford  |  Director

Rebecca joined SecondBite as Director in March 2016 and is a Trustee of the SecondBite Future Trust. Rebecca is a Partner with law firm MinterEllison, in the Dispute Resolution Group. She specialises in distribution and supply chain issues in all industries including, automotive, energy, fast moving consumer goods, fitness and telecommunications.

Rebecca also regularly advises on regulatory compliance (including competition and franchising), intellectual property, comparative advertising and general dispute resolution. She regularly speaks at legal events, including the International Bar Association’s annual conference, on legal issues arising from international distribution arrangements.

John Curtis SecondBite Board Director

John Curtis |  Director

John became a director of SecondBite in May 2020, having been involved with SecondBite from the beginning to support the less fortunate and reduce waste.

John is a consultant to Herbert Smith Freehills and previously a partner for over 20 years, International Managing Partner, Managing Partner of the Melbourne Office and Head of the Projects Group involved in large economic infrastructure, mining and resources projects for well over 30 years.

John was recognised as Best Lawyers Australia ‘Lawyer of the Year for Transportation’ in 2011. He has worked extensively on private infrastructure investment, construction and engineering projects with particular expertise in transport (road and rail), water, power and social infrastructure projects. He has also worked on infrastructure projects in the USA, South East Asia, China, Chile, UAE and the UK and is a Director of Asialink.

John also conducts a local farming business breeding Angus cattle – Waldara.

David Lomax SecondBite Board Director

David Lomax  |  Director

Dave was appointed Director of SecondBite in February 2018 and is Chair of the SecondBite Finance & Risk Committee. Dave is a Partner in the Ernst & Young (EY) Transaction Diligence team with over 17 years of professional experience in the UK and Australia covering M&A and Audit. Since joining the EY Transaction Diligence team in 2006, Dave has gained significant financial due diligence experience, working with clients on a number of significant Australian and international M&A transactions.

Dave sponsored SecondBite through the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Program in 2015, in which SecondBite was crowned EY Southern Region 2015 Social Entrepreneur of the Year.

Dave is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Andrew Monotti SecondBite Board Director

Andrew Monotti  |  Director

Andrew was appointed Director of SecondBite in December 2011. Andrew is currently Partner, King & Wood Mallesons and Adjunct Senior Associate, Faulty of Law, Monash University.

Andrew specialises in competition law (including third party access), utility regulation, joint ventures, contracts and intellectual property. In competition law, he concentrates on transactions, Australian Competition and Consumer (ACCC) approvals of mergers and acquisitions and advice and compliance programs, including National Competition Policy reforms. He has been involved in significant Australian and international and global mergers and acquisitions and competition law issues across various essential industries. Andrew also specialises in franchising and other forms of distribution and dealer arrangements.

Andrew has co-lectured in competition law at Monash University for a number of years and holds a Non-Executive role as Adjunct Senior Associate, Faculty of Law with Monash University.

Alan O'Hara SecondBite Board Member

Alan O’Hara |  Director

Alan joined the Second Bite Board in November 2022. He is the COO of Hinkler Books a global, independent publisher.

Alan specialises in Supply Chain and Manufacturing having over 25 years of Global experience leading and transforming operations for Ixom, Chemist Warehouse, Sigma Healthcare and Menora Foods.

He is a Fellow of the CILT and holds a GRAD Dip in Business Marketing from RMIT.

Sam Schachna SecondBite Board Director

Sam Schachna  |  Director

Sam was appointed Director of SecondBite in July 2016 and is a member of the Risk and Finance Committee. Sam has over 18 years of experience across the Consumer Goods, Financial and IT Advisory Services industries. Sam’s professional career commenced at KPMG, where for over six years he led projects and provided strategic, regulatory and financial advice to leading blue-chip clients.

In 2008, Sam joined Menora Foods, a national leader in fast moving consumer goods. As Managing Director, Sam led a nation-wide team of over 150 staff with responsibility across domestic and international operations. In 2015, Menora was acquired by Monde Nissin, one of the leading branded food manufacturers in the ASEAN region. In 2017, Sam co-founded Simple Foods that developed and marketed a range of innovative natural and organic brands across major retailers in Australia and New Zealand. Simple Foods was acquired in July 2019.

Sam holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Business Systems from Monash University.

Andy Mossop SecondBite Board Director

Andy Mossop  |  Director

Andy has over 20 years of experience working in retail across both Australia and Europe.He is currently Executive General Manager for Fresh at Coles and alongside his team he is responsible for managing the end-to-end functions of Produce, Meat, Deli, Seafood and Bakery. Outside of this commercial customer facing role he is also responsible for Store Development and the Coles Local format. Prior to working at Coles Andy held multiple roles across Tesco, Amazon and WHSmith covering marketing, Telco, franchising and online pure play through both retail and marketplace.