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Adrian James

Adrian James

Director

Adrian has worked for 15 years in agricultural-focused natural resource management, in both rangeland systems and diverse enterprises in high-rainfall intensive agriculture. His experience includes 1 on 1 extension with farmers on soils and livestock, managing large multi-partner projects, building prototypes of remote stock management systems, international consulting and research into industry adoption of emission reduction systems. He specialises in building and expanding industry, community, academic and government partnerships, achieving strong outcomes on limited resources.

Currently living in Launceston, Tasmania, Adrian holds postgraduate qualifications in environmental- and organisational management. He has been chair or vice-chair of the Tasmanian division of the Ag Institute since 2017, and held positions on management committees of national, state and local organisations.

An early technology adopter, Adrian has been using video and social media in project delivery for many years and has implemented innovative systems changes to increase organisational efficiency and benefits in volunteer and not-for-profit sectors. His aim for having a position on the AIA board is to advocate trialling new approaches in increasing benefits to all members.

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Scott McKinnon

Scott McKinnon

Director

My strengths are being proactive in all endeavours, leading by example, and coaching others to success. I have over 20 years of sales & marketing experience, a practical commercial agribusiness background with an applied technology focus. With extensive experience working as a sales & marketing executive, specifically in global markets, I am results driven.  I have worked with many professionals from around the world and I have developed my core competencies in management from both an operational and strategic perspective working with very diverse teams. This has given me a detailed understanding of the importance of planning and process and their role in being successful. I have developed many business skills and this coupled with an enthusiasm to succeed, has allowed me to both lead, and be part of, many innovative projects.

For the latter part of my career I have worked specifically in the Agtech space for several Global businesses, this has covered corporate, back office and grower focused platforms and decision tools. I am currently an Agtech and Agribusiness strategy consultant working with several clients locally and internationally and am looking forward to the opportunity to work for the industry and leverage my experience.

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Sarah Hunter

Sarah Hunter

Director

Company Secretary, Chair Membership Committee, member NSW Division committee

Sarah is the Principal of boutique consultancy aurora transformations, an Approved Advisor with the Advisory Board Centre and a member of advisory and governance boards. Part corporate doctor, part empathetic boot-camp facilitator, she also provides interim executive services in agriculture and animal health.

A former executive in corporate animal health, Sarah has led marketing, sales and technical teams and was twice a NSW finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards. Having an involvement in the development and commercialisation of treatments for cattle and sheep as well as horses, dogs and cats, she has a keen interest in the way these can improve the productivity of Australian agriculture.

Sarah is also a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, an active mentor and founder of a fund - in memory of a friend and Ag Science classmate, Kristina Hacket - to endow the first scholarship specifically for women leaders in agriculture, animal health and veterinary science at The University of Sydney.

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Margaret Jewell

Margaret Jewell

Director

Margaret is a Principal Agricultural Scientist and General Manager of South West Queensland and Agriculture at Premise. She is the current Chair of the Ag Institute Australia’s Queensland Division, and she has achieved Certified Practicing and Chartered Agriculturist status. Margaret has a background in plant genetics and soil science research and has considerable industry experience in ranging from feedlot environmental management, design and approvals for feedlots and live export facilities, water acquisition for feedlots, environmental and economic feasibility assessments for agricultural enterprise, land suitability assessments for agriculture and development, water and soil monitoring projects, contaminated land assessments, fauna-spotting projects, supply chain studies, and a range of other environmental constraints analyses and impact assessments.  Margaret’s main interest is in bridging the gap between agricultural research and innovation adoption and implementation.

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Dr Elizabeth Read

Dr Elizabeth Read

Director

Elizabeth has 6 years’ experience in animal health research including parasitology and toxicology of ruminant livestock. Elizabeth is currently involved in teaching the animal health subject at La Trobe University to animal science and agriculture students. She is involved in engaging student learning through practical classes and workshops focused on immunology and parasitology of livestock. She is also involved in improving the dairy genomic predication system for the production of Australian Breeding Values for Datagene, as well as updating various public documents. Whilst studying, Elizabeth has gained experience on a suburban hobby farm, teaching children about farm animals, has completed a 2-month internship on an egg farm, and a short course on ovine management and shearing.

Elizabeth’s dedication to the agriculture industry is demonstrated through her continued involvement in teaching and research, as well as her continued membership as a Victorian Division committee member, where she has been involved in organising student-focused events and has started a Facebook page for AIA students.

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Turlough Guerin

Turlough Guerin

Chair

Board Committees: Chair, CAP Project, Communications, National Conference, Ethics 

Dr. Turlough Guerin has 20 years’ experience in corporate environmental management and major projects in the energy, resources, communications technology and construction sectors. Companies he has worked for include First Solar, Telstra, Shell, Rio Tinto, Chevron, and Kaiser Engineers.

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Daniel Tan

Daniel Tan

Director

Board Committees: Membership (Chair), Awards (Chair), Division & Events, Finance Audit & Risk, Advocacy & Policy

Dr Daniel Tan is an Associate Professor of Agronomy at the University of Sydney. He graduated from the University of Queensland with a BAppSc (Hort Tech) (Hons 1) in 1991 and a PhD in 1999. In 1993, he was a senior executive at Keppel Land International Ltd in Singapore and led the project management of the US$150 million Sedona Hotel projects in Yangon and Mandalay, Myanmar. In 2003, he accepted a lectureship in agronomy in the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment (FAE). He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2010 and to Associate Professor in 2015. Daniel is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture and he was nominated a Director for the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology in 2015.

 

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Virginia Shaw

Virginia Shaw

Director

Board Committees: Special Director, Communications, National Conference, Advocacy & Policy

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Bruce Robinson

Bruce Robinson

Director

Bruce Robinson B. Rur. Sc., Grad. Dip. Bus. Admin. CPAg, FAIA. Bruce is the Principal of Robinson Rural Consulting (RRC) providing an integrated technical, management & marketing consultancy to Farmers,  Agribusiness & Government. RRC specialises in Rural Management Consulting.

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Mark Harding

Mark Harding

Special Director

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David Cussons

David Cussons

Communications Consultant

Email: david@cussonsmedia.com.au

With more than a decade of experience in the media, David brings a wide range of skills and knowledge in media, agriculture and science to CussonsMedia clients. Working in both Queensland and Western Australia for a number of years as a journalist and media professional has given him a very strong network across both states.

 

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Shaheera Survery Patterson

Secretariat - The Association Specialists

Email: admin@aginstitute.com.au

Shaheera holds a Bachelor of Science from Sydney University and varied experience in the medical industry. She has a working knowledge in associations and charity organisations. Shaheera joined The Association Specialists in April 2019.

Alexandra Moy, Gina Taouk and Sam Bailes also assist Shaheera in Marketing, Events and Membership related tasks.

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