Behind every great team are some key drivers
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.
Currently working with Meridian Agriculture as a Livestock Business Advisor predominately throughout Victoria and New South Wales.
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.
Vice Chair, NSW
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.
Angus joined the Future Farmers Network as a Director in 2013.
Currently working at Horticulture Innovation Australia as Asian Markets Business Development Manager where he is responsible for building a globally competitive unified, agile and profitable Australian horticulture industry through sustainable investment in high value and high growth markets. Prior to that Angus was employed at Meat and Livestock Australia, where he held a communications role managing key stakeholder relations. He also had a short stint at Redhanded Communications Group as Account Manager and Head of Communications where he created marketing and advertising campaigns for a diverse portfolio of agricultural focussed products and services.Reared on a cattle property in Northern NSW near Scone in the Hunter Valley, Angus has a strong understanding of many facets of the agricultural industry and is passionate about creating engaging opportunities for producers with unique market insights, derived from his broad experience. Angus holds a Bachelor of Business and Communications from Bond University and recently completed his MBA at Melbourne Business School.
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.
Anna grew up in Ballarat, Vic and studied Law / Science. Turning down becoming a lawyer, she moved to the NT to work in the stock camps with Consolidated Pastoral Company (CPC) for 5 years.
During her time in the stock camps, Anna completed a Bachelor of Primary and Secondary Education and commenced teaching part-time in remote Indigenous communities. She is passionate about education and knowledge sharing, particularly in helping young people grow.
Next up, General Manager of Livestock Exchange, an innovative software company that develops agency and saleyard software systems focused on traceability and marketing of stock.
This included projects such as reopening the Live Export trade between Australia and Egypt and implementing a herd performance management system to Australian Agricultural Company.
Anna is now 12 months in to her role as CEO of AuctionsPlus an online Saleyard, that offers approximately 2.2 million sheep and 280,000 head of cattle annually and is changing the landscape of livestock marketing in Australia. With over 34% growth in the past 8 months, AuctionsPlus is pushing the boundaries to ensure producers have all the options they need – forward, spot, direct and interface.
Anna is a member of the Future Farmers Network, a recent Australian Rural Leadership Foundation Graduate, a mentor for the Graeme Acton Beef Connections Mentor Program and has completed the Australian Company Directors Course and would really like to help grow FFN!
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.
Harry has worked in Funds Management for seven years and has a strong knowledge of the Australian finance industry. His experience ranges from membership and chair of committees in both work related and volunteer organizations. These positions include Chair of Perennial Investment Partners Environmental, Social and Governance Committee, Club Captain of the Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club and currently as a member of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia’s Emerging Leaders Committee; the goals of which are not dissimilar to FFN in that it provides networking, education and exposure to members in the superannuation industry who are under 35 years of age.
Whilst raised in Sydney, Harry has a strong understanding, appreciation and passion for the bush after spending time on a family property.
This rural connection led Harry to study and complete a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics Degree at The University of Sydney, during which he completed professional experience both on farm and at meat processor, Beak & Johnston. He also holds a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance from Kaplan Professional and has experience in fundraising, management and a robust understanding of good governance. Harry is passionate about ensuring young Australians in agriculture continue to have a voice to help guarantee the continued growth, success, support and understanding of the industry and the land.
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 …
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.
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.
Will Ryan grew up on dairy farms in both Northern Victoria and Gippsland. He is currently managing Caldermeade Farm which is a commercial operating 400 cow dairy farm that is open for public viewing, one hour southeast of Melbourne.
Will holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Technologies with a Major in Agribusiness. In 2015 he was awarded Australian Agricultural student of the Year while starting his masters in Agribusiness with Marcus Oldham Agricultural College.
Previous work commitments for Will have been with the Australian Fodder Industry Association where he held the position of Industry Development Officer before returning home to the family dairy farm in late 2015 to oversee the transition of the business to the point of sale.
Will brings with him a breadth of knowledge from the Australian and international dairy sectors coupled with his skills of business development and financial planning of agricultural SME’s.
“I am passionate about improving the professionalism of future agricultural leaders throughout Australia while increasing the relevance of a united national body that represents the young voices of the bush.”
Georgia has been the FFN Bookkeeper and Administration Officer since February 2016. Georgia lives with her husband on their mixed farming property near Come-by-Chance in north-western NSW. As well as helping on the property Georgia also runs her own bookkeeping business that services farmers and small businesses around the region. Georgia has previously worked in finance and administrative roles in the stock & station industry, as well as local and state government.