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Toby Locke

Executive Officer

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Toby joined FFN as the Executive Officer in May 2016.

Toby grew up on a Beef and Lamb property near Walcha, NSW and has a passion for retaining and encouraging young people on the land.

He studied B. Business Marketing/Management at CSU Bathurst, has travelled the world and worked in Marketing and Public Relations for companies such as Bunnings, South African Tourism, Dell and Baskin-Robbins.

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Dan Korff

Chair, NSW

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Dan currently works with Rabobank in the Riverina of NSW as a Finance Analyst.

Dan has held various managerial positions in the Australian pastoral industry – with Twynam Pastoral Company, Avington Merino Stud, Hazeldean and Pyramul Pastoral Company, and through these has gained experience in all aspects of the management of diverse, large scale agricultural businesses.

Dan has completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Management at Marcus Oldham College, Geelong, and during this time he spent 14 months working in central QLD. He is currently studying a Postgraduate Bachelor of Organisational Leadership through the University of New England.

Dan maintains active involvement in industry initiatives and functions and has been involved in the development of several young grower/breeder groups. In 2012, he participated in AWI’s Breeding Leadership Program with 21 other young sheep and wool producers from across the country. In addition, Dan was a Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Rural Achiever in 2011. In 2014 Dan was recognised as an Emerging Leader by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria.

In the roles he has held, Dan has always taken an active approach to recruiting mentoring and training young people entering and progressing their careers in the Australian agricultural industry. Dan is extremely passionate about nurturing and developing the next generation by offering them various opportunities and experiences to motivate and encourage them.

‘We have so many new opportunities nowadays to record, manage and measure everything we do, and with that comes a need to educate and motivate the next generation, and keep them involved as best we can. I have been fortunate to have some phenomenal mentors, and I hope I can give to the next generation what has been afforded to me.

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Megan Davies

Vice Chair, NSW

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Megan has a broad range of experience working in agriculture, ranging from agri-communications to agribusiness and most recently, agri-finance. Growing up on a mixed sheep/beef/cropping enterprise in Coonabarabran, she went on to gain a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Hons) from the University of Sydney where she majored in Agribusiness.

Megan currently works as an Agribusiness Analyst for NAB Agribusiness in Moree, where she is responsible for the financial analysis of farming and business clients across the cotton, grains, livestock and horticulture industries of Northern NSW. She was previously employed by Meat & Livestock Australia where she held positions as a meat market analyst and a communications role managing key stakeholder relations.

Megan is passionate about the future of agriculture and providing education opportunities for young professionals in the bush, particularly business education in young farmers. She is a founding member of the Moree Young Aggies group, a networking group for young agri-professionals in Northern NSW who strive to better our local agricultural community. She would love to see the FFN membership base grow to include a wider range of industries to ensure we can adequately foster the next generation of industry leaders.

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Alex Ramsey

Secretary, QLD

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Alex is an Agribusiness lawyer who acts for farmers, graziers, rural business operators and Agribusiness stakeholder groups. Based in Brisbane, Alex works for clients spread across the Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales dealing with issues ranging from rural property transactions to compensation negotiations with mining and gas companies to business succession planning.

With a rural background in Northern New South Wales, Alex has had direct involvement with his family’s beef cattle operation and rural service businesses before beginning a career in the law. His exposure to rural people and their livelihoods have given him an appreciation for the way in which business is done across the country and the many issues which affect rural communities.
Alex hopes to join the board of the Future Farmers Network to further the organisation’s advocacy and education operations and to provide to support to the membership base.

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Charlie Hollingworth

Director, QLD

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Having grown up within a family beef cattle farming business in the New England region of NSW, Charlie has a wide variety of experiences in regional Australia.

Currently employed with Teys Australia, as the General Manager of Asset Management, Charlie previously worked as the business lead for Industry and Corporate Affairs, carrying responsibility for representation and industry affairs. This role led Charlie to hone skills in direct representation to all levels of government in Australia, including with the Federal trade, agriculture and deregulation portfolios. Along with a close involvement in his family business, he continues to enjoy working across the agricultural supply chain, and enjoys the different perspectives this brings.

As a previous participant in the Woolworths Agribusiness scholarship, the NSW RAS Rural Achiever Program and ARLF TRAIL program, Charlie has enjoyed exposure to a broad cross section of young Australians involved in the various aspects of Agriculture, and is genuinely motivated to continue to work at improving opportunities available to the Australian agricultural community, starting first with our young farmers.

Holding a Natural Resources Bachelor’s (Honours) degree, postgraduate qualifications in OHS Management, lead auditor qualifications, and extensive experience in compliance matters and regulatory dialogue, he has recently completed further study via a Diploma of Positive Psychology. Charlie has a personal interest in the field of Emotionally Intelligent leadership, and the role it plays toward improving leadership effectiveness, and optimising personal effectiveness.

Charlie hopes to capitalise on the diversity of his experience in different parts of the Agricultural supply chain, and connections within industry to best support the objectives of the FFN, and is optimistic about exploring new partnerships with public and private enterprise on behalf of members.

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Chris Young

Director, ACT

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Chris grew up on his family sheep and beef farm on the Monaro in Southern NSW. He maintains an active involvement in the farm, owning a modest parcel of land which is managed as part of the broader operation. He currently works for Rural Funds Management, one of Australia’s largest agricultural fund managers.

Prior to his current role he held positions with Meat & Livestock Australia and the National Farmers’ Federation. He has joined the Future Farmers Network board to use his background in advocacy to enhance the organisation’s ability to influence positive policy on behalf of young farmers. He also hopes to use his experience as a young farmer entering the industry, albeit in an off-farm capacity, to assist others on the same journey. In October 2017, Chris was an Australian Representative to the Bayer Youth-Ag summit held in Brussels, Belgium. Chris has a double degree in Commerce and Political Science from the Australian National University.

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Geoff Birchnell

Director, NSW

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My involved in the Australian beef industry began at a young age when I established the Avignon Cattle Co. For the past 24 years I have continued to grow this herd into what will soon be Australia’s first Line One Hereford herd. In compliment to the stud cattle we also grass finish cattle for the premium grass fed markets.

For 10 years I was a Chartered Accountant with Williams Hall Chadwick. In this career I worked closely with Ag producers in the NT, QLD, NSW & VIC on their taxation, business services, strategic planning and succession matters. This experience provided me with a holistic insight into the fundamental issues affecting a diverse range of industries and regions. I recognise farm succession and the opportunity for future farmers to establish themselves in agriculture as the key issue facing the sustainability of Australian agriculture today. In response to this need, in early 2017 I jointly established Grow Capital Finance to assist current and future farmers to develop and finance their agricultural aspirations.

In addition to the personal and professional agricultural involvements listed above I am a member of the Cattle Council of Australia’s Marketing, Market Access & Trade Committee, a founding member of the NSW Young Farmer Business Project and a Director of Herefords Australia Ltd.

I truly belief the opportunities present for the next generation of Australian farmers have never been greater and look forward to representing the interests of Australia’s young farmers.

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Henry Gratte

Director, WA

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Henry grew up in the Swan Valley in Perth, Western Australia. His family are involved in beef production, viticulture and horticulture and have previously also had an interest in station in the Pilbara. His involvement in agriculture grew from involvement in these industries.

Henry attended Muresk Institute, a campus of Curtin University, where he completed a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness Technology with honours.

After completing University, Henry commenced working on cropping and mixed farms in Pingelly then Lake Kingand. In 2012 he was appointed as a Farm Manager on the south coast of WA, running a predominantly merino enterprise. After a change of direction Henry is now working in Lake King as an assistant farm manager on a cereal farm.

While studying at Muresk, the campus was in the process of being shut down with Henry actively involved in trying to keep it open. This led Henry to becoming involved with the WA Farmers Federation and in turn AgConnectWA, an under 35 social networking group for people involved in the agriculture industry of WA. Henry has since been elected to the AgConnectWA Committee.

Henry is passionate about increasing the connections among agribusiness professionals to improve the agricultural industry for everyone involved. Agriculture is the employer of the future and he believes the future is in our hands. We need to work proactively to ensure that the industry remains sustainable and attractive to the youth of today. Henry is passionate about the industry and promotes agriculture when ever possible …

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Lachlan Sutton

Director, NSW

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Lachlan has spent the majority of his career working with agricultural producers across Australia, particularly specialising in helping sheep producers to achieve maximum productivity from their enterprises. He has risen to key roles with his time at Elders, paying particular attention to helping the next generation succeed in servicing Australian agribusiness.

Moving on from Elders to a career in specialist Horticultural management with Southern Cross Farms in Mildura he has expanded his keen interest in helping to identify and manage large agribusinesses.  Lachlan believes that the biggest challenge facing modern agriculture and farming into the future is not necessarily lack of funding but lack of knowledge in how to access capital. He is passionate about helping younger farmers succeed and wants his time as a director to young farmers the chance to invest in their own knowledge to gain capital to invest in expansion, beginning and productivity.

Lachlan holds a Bachelor of Agribusiness (Economics), Graduate Certificate in Agribusiness and is studying for his Master in Agribusiness. He manages a small mixed farming operation in the Far West region of New South Wales.

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Rebecca Gowen

Director, NT

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Rebecca joined the FFN Board in November 2014 after serving for six years on both the Queensland RNA Future Directions Committee and Beef Australia Next Gen Committee.

Rebecca is an agricultural economist and in January 2015 established ArGyll Consulting which provides economic analysis and strategic advice to agricultural producers and research organisations.

Rebecca is based south-west of Katherine, NT on a cattle station which she helps run with her partner.

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Rohan Dunsdon

Director, QLD

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Rohan is an Associate Director in the Business Services division of Bentleys in Brisbane.

Having grown up on a sheep and cattle property in south-west Queensland, Rohan has strong connections with both rural and regional enterprises and operations.

Since joining Bentleys in 2011, Rohan has been an active member of the Bentleys Agribusiness Team. The team work with a mix of agribusiness clients, financiers and stakeholders – including corporate and family-owned industry participants operating in the beef (including feedlotting), grain, horticulture, cotton and other primary production industries.

Specifically Rohan works closely with clients on forecasting, business planning and general day-to-day compliance matters. He also works closely with other rural industry operators – such as stock agents and saleyard operators.

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Sarah Nolet

Director, NSW

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Sarah Nolet, founder and CEO of AgThentic, is a globally recognized food systems innovation expert. A systems thinker with an understanding of the complexities of the food system, Sarah brings a visionary yet pragmatic approach to her work across the global food and agriculture industry. Sarah works with farmers, agribusinesses, universities, investors and foodtech and agtech entrepreneurs to achieve their goals, and build the food system of the future. Sarah is also a startup advisor and investor, sought after speaker, and writer. Sarah holds a Masters in System Design and Management from MIT, and a B.S. in Computer Science and Human Factors Engineering from Tufts University.

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