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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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Edmund Delves

Edmund Delves

Director

Edmund has recently completed a Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness at The University of Sydney. Growing up on an irrigated farm outside of Griffith in southern New South Wales, Edmund has been exposed to water markets and irrigated agriculture from a young age. He has an extensive understanding of the interlinkages between agricultural production, water markets and water policy.

Since joining Aither in 2018 he has produced and delivered several high-quality reports and policy documents for a range of audiences across government, non-profit, corporate and academic sectors. He has conducted research and engaged with stakeholder on a variety of topics including water markets, corporate water risk, water policy and irrigated agricultural production.

Prior to joining Aither, Edmund worked at the International Rice Research Institute where he worked with various stakeholders along the rice supply chain to improve safety in rice production. In addition, Edmund’s academic pursuits at University include research of water availability in the Murray-Darling Basin under climate change predictions and the implications for irrigated agricultural enterprises. He is also a member of the Ag Institute Australia and Sydney Institute of Agriculture.

Edmund brings a multidisciplinary approach to his work, combining skills and knowledge from his professional experience as an analyst, academic studies in food and agribusiness and his personal background in agriculture. Edmund’s ability to combine these different ways of thinking and understanding enables him to engage with complex problems, quickly grasp the issues and contribute useful insights.

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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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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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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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