Position: Master of Ceremonies
Brendon was elected to represent the electorate of Merredin in 2001. He became the Leader of The Nationals WA in 2005 and immediately set about charting a new course for the Party.
Under his leadership The Nationals WA forged a new path as an independent political party. In 2008, the party gained the balance of power in both Houses of Parliament on behalf of regional Western Australians and implemented Royalties for Regions.
Brendon announced his resignation from his second term as Minister for Regional Development and Lands in November 2013. During his tenure of the portfolio he was responsible for the iconic Royalties for Regions funding and remains a passionate advocate for making regional Western Australia a better place to live, work and invest.
Organisation: Northern Territory Government
Position: Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries; Minister for Land Resource Management
Gary Higgins was elected to the Northern Territory Parliament as the Member for Daly – a rural electorate which extends to the south and west of the Top End, spanning more than 81,000 sq km.
He was an experienced and senior Northern Territory public servant in positions such as Corporate Services Director (Attorney-General’s Department) as well as Chairman of the Private Security Licensing Authority, Controller of Prices and Acting Commissioner for Consumer Affairs.
Minister Higgins owned and developed the Daly River Mango Farm for 14 years prior to being elected to Parliament.
During his time as a primary producer and tourism operator he became involved in various community organizations and activities such as Unit Officer of NT Emergency Services, Chairman of Wangamatty Land Care and a member of the Daly River Management Advisory Committee.
He has sat on various steering committees for the CSIRO, Charles Darwin University, and the NT Horticultural Association and was Chair of the Katherine Regional Tourism Association.
Minister Higgins currently holds the portfolios of Primary Industry and Fisheries, Land Resource Management, the Environment and Arts and Museums. He has previously held the additional portfolio of Sport and Recreation.
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Organisation: Australian Senate
Position: Minister for Northern Australia
Matthew grew up in Logan, just south of Brisbane. After achieving a First Class Honours Degree in Economics at the University of Queensland, Matthew worked at the Productivity Commission and rose to the level of Director.
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Organisation: Australian Senate
Position: Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator the Hon. Anne Ruston, has been a Senator since September 2012.
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Organisation: Parliament of Australia
Position: Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry; and for Rural Affairs
The Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP was first elected to the House of Representatives in March of 1996.
Over his almost 20 years as the Member for Hunter Mr Fitzgibbon has held a number of shadow ministerial positions including Mining, Energy & Forestry, Defence, Assistant Treasurer, Banking & Financial Services, Small Business & Competition, and Tourism.
In Government, Mr Fitzgibbon served as Minister for Defence and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
He also served as Chief Government Whip and chaired the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade.
Mr Fitzgibbon is currently the Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and Rural Affairs and says his main passion is raising his portfolio’s profile in the parliamentary and public debate and ensuring Australia has a sound strategic plan to fully capitalise on growing global demand for our high quality product.
Mr Fitzgibbon is also the founder of, and spokesperson for the Country Caucus, a group of Federal Labor MPs and Senators dedicated to promoting the interests of rural and regional Australia.
Mr Fitzgibbon lives in Cessnock in the Hunter Valley with his wife Dianne. They have three adult children.
Organisation: National Farmers' Federation
Brent Finlay has more than 25 years experience in agriculture through his family’s farming business in Queensland. Brent has worked extensively in sheep, wool, cattle, grain and hay production, and now runs ‘Cooinda,’ a sheepmeat, wool and beef property in the Traprock region of south east Queensland, with his three daughters.
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Organisation: Geoff Raby & Associates
Position: Founder and Chairman
Dr Geoff Raby was Australia’s Ambassador to China from 2007-2011. Following completion of his Ambassadorial term, after 27 years in the public service, mostly with DFAT, he resigned to establish his Beijing-based business advisory company – Geoff Raby and Associates Ltd.
He also holds a number of non-executive, independent director positions with ASX-listed companies, including Fortescue Metal Group (FMG), OceanaGold, Yancoal, and iSentia. He is also Chairman of ASX-listed IT solutions business, SmartTrans.
In China, Dr Raby serves as Co-Chair of Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s China practice and as Vice Chairman of Macquarie Group (Greater China).
Dr Raby is a member of numerous board positions, including: the non-for-profit Advance Global Advisory Board, University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre, RMIT University Australian APEC Study Centre and the National Gallery of Victoria Foundation.
In recognition of his contributions to advancing relations between Australia and China, Dr Raby was made Friendship Ambassador to Shandong Province and an honorary citizen of Chengdu City.
Dr Raby was Deputy Secretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) from 2002 to 2006. He has held a number of senior positions in DFAT, including First Assistant Secretary, International Organisations and Legal Division (2001-2002), Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation, Geneva (1998-2001), First Assistant Secretary, Trade Negotiations Division (1995-1998), and APEC Ambassador from November 2002 to December 2004. He was head of the Trade Policy Issues Division in the OECD, Paris, 1993-95.
He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Asia Society.
He holds an Honours Degree in Economics, a Masters in Economics and a PhD from La Trobe University.
Organisation: Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Completed her DPhil in Agricultural Economics as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford.
Organisation: Western Australian State Government - Department for Regional Development and for the Department of Water
Position: Director – Major Projects
Works for the Western Australian State Government- Department for Regional Development and for the Department of Water. Leads the expansion of the Ord Irrigation Scheme and lives and works from Kununurra.
Chairman of Kimberley Group Training and not for profit group specialising in the employment of apprentices and trainees, and with over 150 aboriginal apprentice and trainees across the Kimberley making it the largest employer of aboriginal people in the region.
Former CEO of the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley (2005-2009).
Former CEO for the Shire of Moora (2000-2005)
Organisation: Mitsui & Co. Australia
Position: Director and Executive Vice President
Wendy is Director and Executive Vice President of Mitsui & Co. Australia since June, 2014.
Organisation: Opus International Consultants (Australia) Pty Ltd
Position: Technical Principal and Work Group Manager Environmental
Organisation: Department of Land Resource Management
Position: Chief Executive Officer
Alastair was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Land Resource Management in March 2015. Prior to that, he acted as Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Territory Department of Business during 2014, and was Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Territory Department of the Attorney General and Justice. Alastair was born and educated in Darwin and has more than 35 years of public sector experience in the Northern Territory, most of it at the Northern Territory Department of the Attorney General and Justice and its predecessors. Alastair has been involved in commercial negotiations for major projects in the Northern Territory, such as the North East Gas Interconnector (NEGI) Project, long term lease of the East Arm Port, the AustralAsia Railway, Darwin City Waterfront and the Marine Supply Base. He has qualifications in Law and Accounting and a Masters in Public Administration. He is also the Chair of the AustralAsia Railway Corporation.
Organisation: Bell Financial Group
Position: Non-executive director
Mr Brian Wilson is Chairman of the Foreign Investment Review Board, Chancellor of the University of Technology Sydney, a non-executive director of Bell Financial Group and a member of the Payments System Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia.
Organisation: Blue Ribbon Group
Position: Managing Director
After founding the Blue Ribbon Group in 2000 as a one-person operation, Stephen Donnelly has led Blue Ribbon to become one of Australia’s leading exporters of pulse and seed products. Blue Ribbon is now an extensive group that includes Blue Ribbon Seeds, Blue Ribbon Grains and Pulses, Blue Ribbon Packaging, Blue Ribbon Roasting, BRSQ & BRNQ.
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Organisation: Regional Australia Institute
Position: Chief Executive Officer
Jack Archer has been with the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) since its inception in 2012, and developed the RAI’s policy and research program including major products such as [In]Sight: Australia’s Regional Competitiveness Index and [In]Form: Australia's Online Library of Regional Research. Jack took up the role as Chief Executive Officer on 1 July 2015.
In previous roles as a consultant and public servant, Jack contributed to major regional reforms in water, climate change, indigenous issues and industry.
Originally from Paterson in the lower Hunter Valley of NSW, he now lives in the hills west of Canberra.
Organisation: NT Farmer
Kane Younghusband is a farmer growing melons in Mataranka NT, Broome WA and dryland cereals in NSW. Farming experience in the north of nearly 20 years when he began working in Kununurra in 1995. Land was purchased at Mataranka in 2003 and Broome in 2007 and subsequently developed for seedless watermelon. In 2013 Kane was instrumental in the development of a fruit marketing company Select Melons Australia providing marketing services to its 6 shareholders across Australia.
Organisation: University of Queensland
Position: Emeritus Professor
Since retiring in July 1995, John Holmes has pursued an active career as a teacher, researcher, research consultant, policy adviser and president or chair of leading academic bodies, government committees and community organisations.
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Position: Chief Research Scientist
Dr Andrew Ash is a chief research scientist in CSIRO Agriculture. He has 30 years research experience in climatically variable tropical rangelands and agricultural systems in northern Australia and south-east Asia with a particular emphasis on developing management systems to improve profitability and environmental outcomes for rural communities.
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Organisation: National Australia Bank
Position: Head of Institutional Banking, Asia
Patrick Vizzone is Head of Institutional Banking, Asia at National Australia Bank. Patrick was born in Australia and has resided in Asia (HK, China and Japan) since 1994.
Prior to being named Head of Institutional Banking, Asia Patrick served as Regional Head of Food & Agribusiness for NAB Asia.
Throughout his career, Patrick has held numerous senior Corporate and Investment Banking positions including Managing Director / Senior Relationship Banker, Asian Head of Food and Agribusiness Banking, Asian Head of Advisory and Research at Rabobank International. Patrick also served as Head of Strategic Marketing and Product at GE Capital Asia-Pacific.
Before embarking on his banking career Patrick worked in the horticultural industry in Australia and China. In China he co-founded 2 large scale agricultural projects in Shanghai, Heibei and Yunnan provinces.
He is a long-standing member of the Board of Directors of China Agri-Industries, the flagship listed subsidiary of the Fortune-500 COFCO Group, China-s largest food and agribusiness enterprise.
Patrick is a fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors and Member of the Australian Institute of Directors, Vice-Chairman of the Global Development Committee of the Produce Marketing Association (an industry association which represents 38 percent of all food consumption) and Chairman of its Global Strategy Task Force.
Patrick has a BA in history and political science from Monash University and an MBA in finance from Manchester Business School.
Organisation: The Cairns Institute - James Cook University
Position: Professor of Tropical Regional Development
Allan has a strong interest in integrated regional development in northern Australia and the wider tropics. He has both extensive research and policy expertise in governance systems for development and natural resource management. He is Chair of Regional Development Australia Far North Queensland and Torres Strait.
His past research helped inform key policy and investment foundations for the nation’s regional natural resource management system, and he was also responsible for social aspects of development and natural resource policy in the Queensland Government.
As Professor in Tropical Regional Development at The Cairns Institute, JCU, he now accesses an international network of research expertise in the governance field, with particularly strong linkages throughout Charles Darwin University and CSIRO.
Organisation: Queensland Government
Position: Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries
Leanne Donaldson was sworn in as Queensland's first female Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries on 8 December, 2015.
She was elected as the Member for Bundaberg in January 2015 after a two-decade career in child protection, both as a senior state public servant and a private consultant.
Leanne brings a regional Queensland perspective to cabinet, following a career with the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services in Bundaberg, Toowoomba, Warwick, Mount Isa and the Sunshine Coast.
Before leaving the department in 2011, Leanne was a director with responsibility for all of central Queensland from Bowen to the South Burnett region and out west to the Northern Territory border.
Upon her election to parliament, Leanne worked as a private human services consultant giving advice to federal and state government departments on child protection, family law and foster care.
She is also a working mum with a degree in applied psychology from the University of Southern Queensland, where she is completing a degree in law.
Organisation: Western Australia Government
Position: Minister for Water; Sport and Recreation; Forestry
Raised on the family farm in Yorkrakine, Mia is passionate about the Wheatbelt, its people and its future.
Mia was first elected to represent the Agricultural Region at the 2008 State election. At the 2013 State election, Mia successfully contested the seat of Central Wheatbelt for The Nationals WA.
In November 2013 Mia made history when she became the first female party member to be appointed Deputy Leader of The Nationals WA. A month later she was appointed to Cabinet as Minister for Water; Forestry and in late 2014 added the Sport and Recreation portfolio to her Ministerial responsibilities.
She has a particular interest in health, aged care and childcare and has been working to improve these services throughout the Wheatbelt region.
Prior to entering Parliament, Mia worked as a policy adviser for the Leader of the Parliamentary National Party, executive officer at the Chamber of Minerals and Energy and as a communications consultant. Mia holds a Bachelor of Marketing and the Media from Murdoch University.
She is a member of the Northam Chamber of Commerce, Avon Tourism Board, Wheatbelt Business Network, Avon Community Development Foundation, Country Women’s Association, Youth Advisory Council, Country Arts WA and the Royal Agricultural Society.
Organisation: Charles Darwin University
Professor Simon Maddocks is the Vice-Chancellor and President of Charles Darwin University. Professor Maddocks has extensive leadership experience at senior levels of both academia and government. He was formerly with the Department of Primary Industries & Regions, South Australian Research and Development Institute (2003-2014), most recently as Director Science Partnerships. Before that Professor Maddocks worked at the University of Adelaide (1990-2002) where he was Director, Roseworthy Campus and Professor of Animal Science. He grew up in Papua New Guinea, and has worked in the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
Organisation: Barradale Farm in the Ord Valley Irrigation Area
Position: Managing Director
David Menzel is the Managing Director of Barradale Farm in the Ord Valley Irrigation Area, since 1996, which produces a range of horticulture and broad acre crops. Since 2010 he has been the Chairman of the Ord Irrigation Co-operative. He was appointed to the Cambridge Gulf Board in November 2010 and the Ord River District Cooperative in 2014. He served on the Ord Stage 2 Expansion Community Reference Group as Chairman of the Working Group; which is the East Kimberley stakeholder body responsible for the provision of local community input into the expansion of the Ord River Irrigation Area and upgrade of the associated community infrastructure. In 2014 he was appointed to the Prime Minister’s Northern Australia Advisory Group.
Organisation: Investment Bank Kidder Williams Ltd
Position: Managing Director
David is Managing Director of the Investment Bank Kidder Williams Ltd, which specialises in Mergers and Capital Raisings in Agriculture and Food.
He is also one of the largest owners of water in Tasmania, but he owns no land. When the Tasmanian irrigation system faltered through lack of farmer interest he stepped in and bought all the remaining water to allow the scheme to progress. In the meantime, the price of water has increased more than 50 per cent.
Global Food Forum run by The Australian and VISY provides links of presentations including interesting topics relevant to Northern Australia with David Williams from Kidder Williams, keynote speaker - link 1 & link 2.
Organisation: Rivulis Irrigation
Guy Boyd was instrumental in the adoption and development of drip irrigation throughout Queensland. He joined T-Systems (now Rivulis Irrigation) in 1994 where he pioneered some of the early work in sub-surface drip irrigation in sugarcane, cotton and lucerne along with the transition to drip irrigation in fresh bean crops in Bowen and sweet potatoes in Bundaberg. Throughout the 2000s, Guy assisted growers in the Lockyer Valley who were impacted by drought transition from sprinkler to drip irrigation systems. Guy Boyd has qualifications in Rural Science from the University of New England with honours majoring in soil science and agronomy. Prior to his current role, Guy held various positions at Grow Force Fertilizers and Henderson Seeds.
Organisation: Piñata Farms Pty Ltd
Position: Managing Director
Piñata Farms Pty Ltd managing director, Gavin Scurr, is a seasoned fresh produce grower and industry representative with experience spanning some 30 years in Australian horticulture.
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Organisation: School of Earth and Environment, University of Western Australia
Hub Leader, NESP Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub
Michael Douglas is a Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Western Australia and a University Professorial Fellow at Charles Darwin University. He is Hub Leader of the Northern Australian Environmental Resources Hub: a 6 year research initiative focussed on supporting the sustainable development in northern Australia, funded by the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program. He also leads the Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge Research consortium and has been doing research on northern Australia’s water resources and aquatic biodiversity for the past 25 years.
Organisation: Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries
As the Chief Executive, Alister’s vision is to see a flourishing Northern Territory economy underpinned by profitable and sustainable primary industries and fisheries.
Alister’s career includes operational management, marketing and strategic development, gained primarily in the international trade and pastoral sectors across Northern Australia, the Middle East and South East Asia.
Alister joined the Northern Territory Government in 2002 in the field of Indigenous economic development before being appointed Director of Pastoral Production focusing on the development of the Northern Pastoral Industry. In 2009 Alister was appointed to the position of Executive Director Minerals and Energy with responsibility for mining approvals and performance and investment attraction in the minerals and energy sectors.
Alister was appointed to the position of Chief Executive of the Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries in 2012 and continues to work closely with industry to lead the growth of the agriculture, forestry and fishing sectors and to strongly contribute to North Australian development.
Position: General Manager for Agencies & Sales
Tom Holyman’s career has been largely based in container shipping and logistics, spanning international and Australian domestic shipping businesses working for Australian-owned and foreign-owned businesses.
Organisation: Northern Australia Development Office
Position: Executive Director
Bridgette joined the Northern Territory Government in 2011 after 15 years’ service with the Australian Government’s Department of Human Services.
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Organisation: Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Developing Northern Australia
Position: Interim Chair
Mr John Wharton AM was first elected to the Richmond Shire Council in 1991 and became Mayor in 1997. On 11 June 2007 he was the recipient of a Member of the Order of Australia Award for his service to the community of North-west Queensland through local government, regional development, natural resource management and primary industry organisations. He also received the Centenary Medal for distinguished service to local government.
Organisation: ustralian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
Position: General Manager, Corporate
Mr David Shearer is General Manager, Corporate of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). ACIAR, part of Australia's development assistance program, achieves more-productive and sustainable agricultural systems, for the benefit of developing countries and Australia, through international agricultural research partnerships. Prior to this appointment, Mr Shearer was the Research Program Manager, Agribusiness for ACIAR. He has a broad background in agri-food research, development and trade. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Hons, Masters in Science and Masters in Agri-food Management. He was awarded an Australian Davos Leadership award in 2011 and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian New Zealand School of Government. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutes (APAARI) and the Advisory Board of the Syngenta Asia Rice Bowl Index (RBI).
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Organisation: Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation
Position: A/g Managing Director
Christine Quick is currently A/g Managing Director ( her usual role is General Manager Corporate) of the Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation. Christine has 13 years of experience in the world of rural research and development and has extensive experience in most facets of operations of the Rural Research and Development Corporations. Her roles have encompassed strategic, financial and business responsibilities. In addition Christine is an independent member of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research Audit Committee.
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Organisation: Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland Government
Position: Manager Regional Agribusiness Development, Trade and Investment
Gareth Jones is the Manager for Agribusiness Development for the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Gareth’s career in primary industries in North Queensland spans 34 years. He has been involved in research into parasites and diseases impacting the northern livestock industry, the histology and pathology of the Giant Clam, and pioneered the Burdekin Rangelands Reef Initiative, which took a holistic triple bottom line approach to sustainable agricultural development. His diverse career within Queensland Government included roles in regional finance, corporate budgeting and systems development, performance management. He managed both Integrated Planning and Business Development teams within Queensland’s Northern Region and coordinated the Queensland Government’s economic recovery response to Cyclone Yasi. His work with Indigenous communities in Cape York and in particular Lockhart River, led to a Highly Commended Premiers Award in the Partnership and Reconciliation category. More recently Gareth has developed and led the Department’s GRADZ initiative. In collaboration with the local shires, producers and investment interests, this initiative looks to maximise the opportunities for agricultural development in the Gulf Rivers catchments of North West Queensland. Effective irrigation development made possible through the government’s release of unallocated water from the Flinders and Gilbert Rivers is a significant Northern Australia opportunity.
Organisation: Agri-Science Queensland
Position: Executive Director
Wayne Hall started with the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in late 2015 as the Executive Director for Agri-Science Queensland where he is responsible for the Departments RD&E investments in cropping, forestry, horticulture, food and animal science. Prior to that Wayne worked with Meat and Livestock Australia for 13 years where he was, at different times, responsible for their northern beef, southern beef, lamb & sheepmeat, feedlot, goat, live export, genetics, southern feedbase and animal health RD&E programs.
Organisation: Kimberley Agricultural Investment
Position: General Manager
Previous work history has been focused on involvement in agribusiness sector including ; beef cattle, sugar agronomy, managing a fruit and vegetable wholesale business, bank manager until commencing work with KAI. Jim has spent most of his working career based in the Kimberley region. Completed a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) and hold a MBA.
Organisation: Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in Queensland
Position: Senior Industry Development Officer
Greg Mason is a Senior Industry Development Officer with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in Queensland. Greg has been actively involved with primary producers across Far North Queensland for more than 18 years, in his current role and previously as a Senior Farm Financial Counsellor.
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Organisation: Auscott Limited
David holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Syd) Hons.1 and has worked in irrigated cotton, grains and oil-seed production for 38 years. He is the Chairman of Auscott Limited, a vertically integrated corporate cotton company which grows, processes, markets and ships cotton from its substantial farming and ginning operations and its many grower customers in northern, central and southern NSW. Auscott was a pioneering corporate farming company which commenced business in 1963 in the Namoi Valley.
Organisation: K&L Gates
Brian Healey has more than 20 years' experience dedicated almost exclusively to servicing clients in agribusiness and primary industries. Focusing primarily on agricultural property, water rights and investment in agribusiness, he has advised on some of Australia's most prominent rural transactions.
His experience includes all forms of agricultural property transactions, rural and irrigation water transactions, and leading teams in mergers and acquisitions. He also assists inbound investors and domestic agribusinesses with their investment and day to day legal requirements. In 2014, he completed what was reported as possibly the largest farmland sale in the world that year.
He regularly speaks at legal and industry conferences on legal issues that affect the agribusiness sector and was recognised by his peers as one of Australia’s leading Agriculture & Rural Affairs lawyers in the 2017 Best Lawyers.
Position: Associate Director
James is a Darwin-based associate director and the leader for KPMG’s government advisory service line in the Northern Territory.
He has specialist expertise in transport economics; benefit assessment; urban economics; and associated strategy and action planning. As a result of this experience, he was appointed director and treasurer of Economic Development Australia, the peak body for economic development professionals in Australia, for the 2010-2011 financial year. Since moving to the Northern Territory in 2014, James has led key engagements around transport investment, prioritisation and policy review. These have included the Northern Territory Freight and Logistics Industry Strategy, Northern Territory Regional Infrastructure Strategy and a series of regional road business cases. James will share his insights and experiences relating to regional transport and freight infrastructure investment in the Northern Territory.
Organisation: WA Department of Water
Position: Project Director - Water for Food
Simon joined the Department of Water as Project Director Water for Food in October 2014. He is an engineer with over 30 years’ experience delivering economic development and infrastructure projects, more than half at a senior executive level, across a number of government departments including Mines and Petroleum, State Development, Industry and Resources, Commerce and Trade and Agriculture and Food.
He successfully delivered a range of high profile and complex projects for government such as the Mine Safety reform and the development of the Mining Rehabilitation Fund, Boddington Gold Mine infrastructure package, the Australian Marine Complex and the Australian Resources Research Centre.
Simon has also been involved in state-wide strategic planning as a member of a number of high level planning committees, including the Sea Freight Council, State Mitigation Committee and the Infrastructure Coordinating Committee under the WA Planning Commission.
Position: Agricultural economist and market analyst
David Hanlon is an agricultural economist and market analyst operating in Northern Australia for the last 35 years. David has worked for diverse clients including government, indigenous groups, private companies and industry organisations. David has been associated with most northern agricultural developments including cattle, horticulture, cropping and aquaculture including sugar on the Ord, and the successful northern horticultural industry. David brings unparalleled depth of understanding of market and economic forces in developing northern agriculture and a unique breadth of understanding of business management in northern Australia.
Organisation: Deloitte Northern Territory
Position: Managing Partner
Hendri is the managing partner for Deloitte Northern Territory and has more than 20 years’ professional services experience in business consulting, risk management and assurance.
Hendri is a recognised as a pre-eminent specialist in the design of risk, control and financial management frameworks. He has been involved in a number of significant management consulting engagements and has led major assurance engagements. He is a Chartered Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor and holds a Master of Business Administration.
As NT managing partner, Hendri’s focus is to support the growth of the NT economy through enabling and facilitating conversation between Businesses and Government using Deloitte research and thought leadership.
Recent activities included the Positioning for Prosperity: Developing the North boardroom consultation series jointly facilitated by Deloitte, NAB and the Northern Australia Development Office. This involved facilitating consultation sessions with prominent stakeholders from the private and public sector in the NT to identify potential economic growth areas.
Organisation: Centrefarm Aboriginal Horticulture Ltd
From an agri-business background in South Australia, Vin has been involved in the industry for 30 years working in agricultural supplies and technology transfer to horticulture and broad-acre agriculture and pastoralism, along with operational management in horticulture and broad-acre agriculture, viticulture and wine-making. Vin has also established and operated a range of small, medium and large businesses in Australia and Europe. His long-standing experience with traditional remote Aboriginal people gives him an understanding and skills that are utilised daily at Centrefarm.
Organisation: Mt Keplar NT
Organisation: Australian Conservation Foundation
Position: Northern Australia Program Manager
Graham Tupper is the Northern Australia Program Manager for the Australian Conservation Foundation. He holds degrees in science including a major in tropical agricultural systems and a postgraduate diploma in environmental studies. Graham has worked in a variety of roles over his 30 year career including as Government Relations Manager for ACF for 8 years after 20 years in international aid and development including on reafforestation and water supply programs in Africa and 5 years as Executive Director of the Australian Council for International Development. His current work for ACF in northern Australia focuses on protecting the outstanding natural and cultural values of Cape York and the Kimberley including to foster investment in ecologically sustainable jobs and livelihoods for people living in the north.
Organisation: WA Dept Agriculture & Food
Position: Executive Director, Irrigated Agriculture
David is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of broad business experience including; corporate finance, corporate governance, business strategy development and execution, information systems and business development. David commenced his career in 1979 with the audit team of what is now KPMG Brisbane where he specialized in the field of computer audit. In 1994 he established the technology advisory division of BDO one of Queensland’s largest accounting firms. David retired as a Partner from BDO in 2001.
Bruce has been the CEO of Vanderfield Pty Ltd since 1991. Vanderfield are the largest John Deere Dealer group in Australia with 10 branches in Southern and Central Queensland as well as two dealerships in the NT and one in Kununurra Western Australia. Vanderfield made the move to Northern Australia in 1999 to bring the supporting infrastructure of a dealership group of scale to the growing pioneering areas of the Kimberley and the Northern Territory. The move to the North was driven by a desire to grow the company at a time when water availability was being capped in the Murray Darling Basin. In addition to this the owners of Vanderfield had a strong desire to be part of the supporting infrastructure for the new developments and agricultural industries being established in the North. Vanderfield remains the only large agricultural equipment dealer located in and servicing the NT and the Kimberley.
Organisation: NT Cattlemen’s Association
Position: Chief Executive Officer
Tracey Hayes is the CEO of the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association, a not-for-profit organisation that heads up the billion dollar Northern Territory Cattle Industry.
Tracey has qualifications in Rangeland Management, Agri-Business and Business Management.
She owns a successful equipment hire business and has over 25 years’ experience in beef production and land management.
Organisation: Dessert Farms
Paul has a background in large scale irrigation and horticulture developments, which has given Paul the experience and expertise to develop and operate the successful Desert Springs Farm. Desert Springs Farm is a horticulture development, growing crops on Indigenous Land in Central Australia. Paul has extensive experience in water issues and policies, having farmed in five irrigation areas in three different states. Paul is also vice president of NT Farmers.
Organisation: NT Rural Weekly
Position: Senior journalist
Mark Wilton is the senior journalist for the NT Rural Weekly, based in the Top End.
He has held senior positions with newspapers for more than a decade and has also worked in TV, radio and online for the ABC.
Mark has a passion for regional NT, and a deep and thorough understanding of the issues that affect industry. His broad professional experience over 20 years has seen him cover many significant events, including holding the position of editor of the Katherine Times when the live cattle export ban was imposed in 2011. He has strong relationships with many key industry stakeholders and works hard to ensure that his readers understand the issues affecting them through comprehensive media coverage. He also loves a good yarn, and loves sharing the colourful stories of NT characters with his audience.
Mark has also worked as a ministerial adviser for both the former Labor Government and the current CLP Government in the Northern Territory.
Organisation: ABC Rural
Position: Country Hour presenter
Matt Brann is the presenter of the Northern Territory Country Hour on ABC Local Radio.
Organisation: ABC News
Kristy O’Brien has been involved in the production of factual television as a producer, journalist and presenter with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and commercial television networks. She has worked across rural Queensland and the Northern Territory focusing much of her coverage on a love of agriculture and rural content. Her work is regularly broadcast on ABC News, ABC radio, ABC 24, Landline, Lateline and 7.30 NT. She is also the weekend 7pm News presenter. During the past 18 months, Kristy has deployed her journalistic background to branch into independent documentary making and was recognized at the Australian International Documentary Conference as Australia’s emerging young producer. As part of the award, she moved to London in 2014, to work for Jamie Oliver’s Fresh One Productions in order to enhance her production skills. She also recently won a position in Screen Producer Australia’s Ones to Watch program, as one of Australia’s up and coming young filmmakers.
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