Meet our team at Tou’s Garden – having the same team each year allows a great consistency in our professionalism and support for the farm.
Saramat (Tou) Ruchkaew
As one of the original developers in this partnership, initiator and business director/owner of Tou’s Garden, Tou has been responsible for the establishment of the international and domestic market of mangoes and other produce from Tou’s Garden.
Tou’s previous experience includes 5 years experience in a national marketing management role in Thailand, a Bachelor of Education from Thailand and an MBA from Australia.
As the second of the original developers in this partnership, initiator and business director/owner, Ian is chairman of the company.
Ian was a director of Kaltem Australia Pty Ltd: an agricultural development and export company, marketing into the Middle East and South East Asia for 10 years. He was also founding director of Chemicals Direct Pty Ltd, Thai Australia Nursery Enterprises, Thai Australia Bakeries Ltd and Euphobia Australia Pty Ltd.
Ian has a Diploma of Agriculture, BA (Psyc), B.Commerce and was admitted as a Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Gaston holds a Diploma of Electrical Engineering ETS from Switzerland. He has lived in the Northern Territory for many years developing a strong affinity with the horticulture industry, being an early member of the NT Rare Fruit Council. Gaston joined the team in 2004 to install all the first three stages of the irrigation system, and remained Irrigation Manager, and Scientific Experimental Officer of the Acacia Gap project, Tou’s Garden. Gaston has just designed and assisting implement current plantings.
As our Shed Supervisor for Tou’s Gardens, Diane started picking and packing mangoes with us in the early days of 1996.
She is now a wealth of history, knowledge and experience in our shed, able to assist and train our seasonal staff each year. Diane is Canadian born, migrating to Australia when she was 17 years old.
Tai Muangchon Khomklang (Tai)
Tai was born and grew up in Thailand, where he obtained a diploma of horticulture. He joined Tou’s Gardens in 2007 as a part time overseas student, studying for his Diploma in Land Management at Charles Darwin University. He graduated in 2010 and now is our full time Farm Supervisor. During the quieter months, he keeps our staff kitchen in supply with beautiful home grown vegetables and fruit.
Desley is our Office, Accounts, and Human Resource Manager, with several years of business management as state manager of a sales company.