Eastern Guruma Pastoral Company

Management Team

The Eastern Guruma Pastoral Company Management team is made up of an experienced team who will oversee the operations on the stations and make decisions in line with the Eastern Guruma Pastoral Strategy.

Ron Villaflor:

Ron Villaflor has been involved with Eastern Guruma since 2004 and has successfully negotiated large contracts through joint ventures and independently for major clients Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals Group. Ron has a background in the public service and small business sectors and has been involved in developing and diversifying the Eastern Guruma business during his time as Chief Executive Officer.

Richard Paterson:

Richard Paterson has an agricultural background ranging from beef in the Victorian High Country to wool on the dusty plains of western New South Wales; from cereal crops in the Riverina to irrigated cotton on the lower Macquarie. Richards experience provides a working knowledge of the pastoral industry and he has played a key role in the establishment of Eastern Guruma Pastoral Company. Richard has been the driver in establishing relationships with industry experts and building a long term strategy for Eastern Guruma Pastoral Company.

Cat Swaithes:

Cat joined Eastern Guruma in 2016, bringing experience from her mining, agricultural, civil, aviation and rail background. Cat has over 20 years experience within finance, having managed small to large finance departments for over half of that time. Cat is a qualified Chartered Accountant, with tertiary qualifications in Process Improvements, Business and Finance. Cat's achievements to date include re-engineering processes, systems and departments to generate cost savings, drive efficiencies and enhance both strategic and management information.

Peter Cooke:

Peter has worked in agriculture across a range of roles from farmer, to agribusiness consultant and policy contributor for Federal and State government. He began his career as a broad acre farmer in the Great Southern of Western Australia in the 1970-80s, was the CEO of the Kondinin Group in the 1980-90s, is now an agribusiness consultant and Director of Agknowledge, and has considerable experience with planning and development of pastoral operations.Peter has been a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 1997. He spent six years as a Board member of the Rural Adjustment and Finance Corporation of WA (RAFCOR), and was the Chair of the WA FarmBis program 1998-2008. Working with the FarmBis program required an in-depth knowledge of agricultural industries, and the social drivers of farmers. He is a Board Member of Landcorp, and completed a term as Deputy Chair of the WA Land Information Authority (Landgate). Peter is the current Chair of the Advisory Board to Curtin University’s International Institute of Agrifood Security.