Our Team

Paul Messenger   Founder / CEO  A family holiday to the French Caribbean sparked Paul’s love of Agricole rum and prompted him to build Australia’s first and only Agricole distillery, starting out in a small farm shed on the family farm. Paul continues to oversee the distilling and every aspect of the distillery.  Favourite Cocktail: ‘Ti Punch

Paul Messenger

Founder / CEO

A family holiday to the French Caribbean sparked Paul’s love of Agricole rum and prompted him to build Australia’s first and only Agricole distillery, starting out in a small farm shed on the family farm. Paul continues to oversee the distilling and every aspect of the distillery.

Favourite Cocktail: ‘Ti Punch

Mandaley Perkins   Founder / CFO  Besides keeping the financial wheels in motion, Mandaley is the creative force behind Husk Distillery. With a writing background and an eye for design she’s seen through the old dairy property bloom into Husk Farm Distillery.  Favourite Cocktail: Negroni

Mandaley Perkins

Founder / CFO

Besides keeping the financial wheels in motion, Mandaley is the creative force behind Husk Distillery. With a writing background and an eye for design she’s seen through the old dairy property bloom into Husk Farm Distillery.

Favourite Cocktail: Negroni

Harriet Messenger   Sales & Marketing Manager  Harriet is the distillery dynamo who loves to be a part of everything. Responsible for building the Ink Gin and Husk Distillers brands from the ground up, she’s a creative marketing whiz and has long been known as “The Ink Gin Girl”.  Favourite Cocktail: Southside

Harriet Messenger

Sales & Marketing Manager

Harriet is the distillery dynamo who loves to be a part of everything. Responsible for building the Ink Gin and Husk Distillers brands from the ground up, she’s a creative marketing whiz and has long been known as “The Ink Gin Girl”.

Favourite Cocktail: Southside

 
Quentin Brival   Head Distiller / Production Manager  Hailing from French Martinique, the home of Agricole rum, Quentin is Husk’s fountain of knowledge of all things Agricole. He’s a connoisseur, truly passionate about fine rum and creating new and exciting products.  Favourite Cocktail: All agricole rum….

Quentin Brival

Head Distiller / Production Manager

Hailing from French Martinique, the home of Agricole rum, Quentin is Husk’s fountain of knowledge of all things Agricole. He’s a connoisseur, truly passionate about fine rum and creating new and exciting products.

Favourite Cocktail: All agricole rum….

Edwina Messenger   Logistics / Sales & Marketing Assistant  Eddie is a ray of sunshine at Husk. She looks after our customers and assists in all aspects of the business - from co-ordinating export shipments to running tastings and events. She’s the family right-hand girl.  Favourite Cocktail: Dirty Martini

Edwina Messenger

Logistics / Sales & Marketing Assistant

Eddie is a ray of sunshine at Husk. She looks after our customers and assists in all aspects of the business - from co-ordinating export shipments to running tastings and events. She’s the family right-hand girl.

Favourite Cocktail: Dirty Martini

Fran O’Hara   Accounts & Admin  Fran is a queen of organisation and a wizard with everything accounts & admin. When she’s not busy keeping us in line at Husk, you’ll find her on her farm tending to finger limes and avocados while grooving it to some good old Aussie rock.  Favourite Cocktail: Blood Orange Fizz

Fran O’Hara

Accounts & Admin

Fran is a queen of organisation and a wizard with everything accounts & admin. When she’s not busy keeping us in line at Husk, you’ll find her on her farm tending to finger limes and avocados while grooving it to some good old Aussie rock.

Favourite Cocktail: Blood Orange Fizz

Mauricio Gamba   Brand Ambassador & National Bartender  Hailing from Brazil, Mauricio knows his rum. You may have met him at one of the many masterclasses or events he hosts, championing sipping quality spirits and sharing Ink Gin and Husk rums along the way. Also he  loves  his cat.  Favourite Cocktail: Caipirinha (with Pure Cane 50!)

Mauricio Gamba

Brand Ambassador & National Bartender

Hailing from Brazil, Mauricio knows his rum. You may have met him at one of the many masterclasses or events he hosts, championing sipping quality spirits and sharing Ink Gin and Husk rums along the way. Also he loves his cat.

Favourite Cocktail: Caipirinha (with Pure Cane 50!)

 
Karen Foster   Dispatch Officer  Like most of our team, Karen started on the bottling line before learning the ropes in dispatch. Hard working, with a never-say-never attitude and a smile that lights up the room, Karen has become indispensable at Husk.  Favourite Cocktail: French 75

Karen Foster

Dispatch Officer

Like most of our team, Karen started on the bottling line before learning the ropes in dispatch. Hard working, with a never-say-never attitude and a smile that lights up the room, Karen has become indispensable at Husk.

Favourite Cocktail: French 75

Steve Payne   Assistant Distiller  No, he’s not a movie star - Steve is Quentin’s production wing man and oversees the bottling line. He’s a lover of all things ecological and spends his weekends tending to his garden with his young kiddies in tow.  Favourite Cocktail: Boilermaker with Husk Triple Oak & Coopers Stout

Steve Payne

Assistant Distiller

No, he’s not a movie star - Steve is Quentin’s production wing man and oversees the bottling line. He’s a lover of all things ecological and spends his weekends tending to his garden with his young kiddies in tow.

Favourite Cocktail: Boilermaker with Husk Triple Oak & Coopers Stout

Andrew ‘Jonesy’ Aggebrink-Jones   Venue Manager  Jonesy has launched into his role as venue manager. Jonesy’s career has taken him all over Australia in the food & beverage field, before settling with his family on the beautiful Tweed Coast. Like most of the men at Husk, he loves his surfing.  Favourite Cocktail: Bam Bam Pineapple Daiquiri

Andrew ‘Jonesy’ Aggebrink-Jones

Venue Manager

Jonesy has launched into his role as venue manager. Jonesy’s career has taken him all over Australia in the food & beverage field, before settling with his family on the beautiful Tweed Coast. Like most of the men at Husk, he loves his surfing.

Favourite Cocktail: Bam Bam Pineapple Daiquiri

Grace Robertson   Tour Co-ordinator  Grace is the star of Husk’s behind-the-scenes distillery tours. Coming to us from a background of running whale-watching tours, her ever-growing thirst for knowledge ensures her tours are even more informative every week.  Favourite Cocktail: Gin Gimlet

Grace Robertson

Tour Co-ordinator

Grace is the star of Husk’s behind-the-scenes distillery tours. Coming to us from a background of running whale-watching tours, her ever-growing thirst for knowledge ensures her tours are even more informative every week.

Favourite Cocktail: Gin Gimlet

 
Matilda “Tilly” Messenger   Distillery Dawg / Morning Tea Supervisor  While sometimes Tilly can come on a little strong (she has a tendency to ‘kiss’ her co-workers) this excitable Viszla is a much loved member of the Husk team. She is passionate about reducing waste - overseeing the production team’s smoko is where she shines, making sure no crumb goes to waste.  Favourite Cocktail: H2O!

Matilda “Tilly” Messenger

Distillery Dawg / Morning Tea Supervisor

While sometimes Tilly can come on a little strong (she has a tendency to ‘kiss’ her co-workers) this excitable Viszla is a much loved member of the Husk team. She is passionate about reducing waste - overseeing the production team’s smoko is where she shines, making sure no crumb goes to waste.

Favourite Cocktail: H2O!