Nuffield Australia Board of Directors
Andrew Fowler (Chairman)
Andrew was elected to the Board in 2011 and was appointed Chair of the Board in September 2016. Andrew and his wife Marie farm with his family outside Esperance on the south-east coast of Western Australia. The business produces canola, barley, wheat, lamb, wool and beef. Andrew is currently focusing on the synergies between the livestock and the crops, grazing all the crops and ensuring good sub-clover pasture regeneration. Andrew was awarded life membership of the South East Premium Wheat Growers Association (SEPWA) and is also a member of the GRDC’s local Regional Cropping Solutions Network. He travelled on his Nuffield Scholarship in 2000.
Andrew Johnson was elected to the board in 2010. Andrew and his family, which include his parents, brother and partner Sally run an intense and diverse farming operation in the Upper South-East and Mid-North regions of South Australia. This production includes pigs, sheep, wool and lambs, cattle, cropping and irrigation. Andrew, on returning from his Nuffield Scholarship, has gone onto be Secretary and subsequently Chairman of the Nuffield SA Branch. Andrew is also a Director of Australian Pork Limited, Chairs the Animal Welfare, Quality Assurance and Traceability Committees, Vice Chairman of Pork SA, one of six Councillors to the Primary Producers Council of South Australia is a Director of another large family farming operation and Nuffield International. Andrew travelled on his Nuffield Scholarship in 2005.
Richard Heath is General Manager of Research at the Australian Farm Institute (AFI). The AFI is an independent institute researching policy issues that affect Australian agriculture. Previous to this role Richard was Associate Professor of Agronomy and Farm Management at the University of Sydney where he managed the Universities North West farms group. Richard also has twenty years’ experience managing the cropping enterprise of a large family farming enterprise on the Liverpool Plains as well as six years consulting to the Grains Research and Development Corporation on research priorities for Australian grain growers.
Jane Bennett is the Managing Director and CEO of ASX listed company TasFoods Ltd. Headquartered in Launceston TasFoods is a growing branded food business marketing premium Tasmanian food products under The Tasmanian Food Company master brand. Jane has over 20 years of experience in vertically integrated food businesses working in the UK and Tasmania. She has extensive experience in regional provenance branding serving for over 10 years on the Brand Tasmania Council and 6 years as Chair of the Tasmanian Food Industry Council. In 2008 Jane did a Nuffield Farming Scholarship studying the Role of Regionality in the Marketing and Branding of Food. Jane has worked as a Non Executive Director in a number of companies that currently include Food Innovation Australia Ltd and Nuffield Australia. Previous board positions include the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, CSIRO, Tasmanian Ports Corporation, Van Diemen’s Land Company and Australian Farm Institute. Jane was named 2010 Tasmanian Telstra Business Woman of the Year, 1997 Australian ABC Rural Woman of the Year, 1998 Regional Development winner in the Young Australian of the Year Award and 1994 Tasmanian Rural Achiever of the Year.
David farms with his wife and three children at Cunderdin, WA, producing wheat, barley, canola, lupins and export hay. Prior to full-time farming, David spent eight years working in the grains industry, including wheat trading and purchasing grain for Goodman Fielder for its east coast flour mills. David is a 2006 Scholar who studied the potential to value-add agricultural commodities. He has held positions of WA State Chairman and Treasurer of Nuffield and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). In 2013, David was appointed by the Federal Minister for Agriculture as a member of the Wheat Industry Advisory Taskforce, charged with assisting industry to identify areas of inefficiency in the wheat market and to examine issues across the supply chain.
Rob and his wife Jo and operate Bradley Agriculture, an extensive farming business in Northern Tasmania that includes an 850 cow dairy, prime lamb production and irrigated cropping of high value crops including seed carrots, peas and poppies. They are also partners in a 4,500 ha broad acre farming operation in northern NSW. Outside his own business Rob serves on two ‘Not for Profit Boards in his local community, Cressy Longford Irrigation Scheme and Toosey Aged Care, Longford. He also serves as a director on Dairy Farm Management Business. Awarded his scholarship in 2009, he studied the integration of livestock and cropping farming systems.
Donald McGauchie, AO
Donald McGauchie was appointed to the Nuffield Board in 2013 as a special skills external Director. Donald is Chairman of Nufarm Limited, Chairman of Australian Agricultural Co. Ltd (AACo), Chairman of the Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA) and a Director of GrainCorp Limited. His previous roles with public companies include Chairman of Telstra Corporation Limited, Deputy Chairman of Ridley Corporation Limited, Director of National Foods Limited, Chairman of Woolstock, Chairman of the Victorian Rural Finance Corporation (statutory corporation), and also President of the National Farmers Federation. During 2011 he retired as a member of the Reserve Bank Board. In 2001 Donald McGauchie was named the Rabobank Agribusiness Leader of the Year, was later awarded the Centenary Medal for services to Australian society through agriculture and business. In 2004, Donald was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.
Dr Michele Allan
Dr Michele Allan is currently Chair of the Boards of APAL, Charles Sturt University, Meat and Livestock Australia and Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council. Michele is a non-executive director of Innovation Australia, CRC Hearing, Food and Agribusiness growth Centre and Grain Growers Limited. Until 2008 she was CEO/MD of a listed food manufacturer and marketer. Prior to that role, she was Group General Manager Risk and Sustainability for Amcor Limited. Michele was General Manager of Amcor Research and Technology. She has held executive roles with Kraft Foods, Bonlac Foods Limited, ICI, Tasmanian Bioinformatics Centre of Excellence Tasmania, Johnson and Johnson and Nestle. Michele has a Bachelor of Applied Science from University of Technology Sydney, Master of Management of Technology from Melbourne University, Master Commercial Law Deakin University and Doctorate from RMIT. She is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a professional member of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology.