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Management Team

Nuffield Australia has a team of dedicated staff drawing on a diverse mix of experience, education and knowledge.

Jodie Dean, Chief Executive Officer

Jodie has been Chief Executive Officer since May 2016. She manages the application phase, selection and international study program for up to 30 Australian Nuffield Scholars annually. Prior to this, Jodie was Operations Manager at Grain Trade Australia (GTA) between February 2014 and April 2016, where she supported the GTA Technical Committees working across Trading Standards, Contracts and Trade Rules, transport, storage & ports issues, GM grains and Trade & Market Access. Jodie also administered the GTA Dispute Resolution Process and coordinated a range of events and communication activities. Prior to joining GTA, she was Senior Manager – Agricultural Development at the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) of NSW where she oversaw industry partnerships, education programs for school students and leadership development and ‘Youth In Ag’ programs during the Sydney Royal Easter Show and year round. Before joining the RAS, based in central west NSW, Jodie’s roles focused on applied research and extension in cropping and mixed farming systems and included working across the Grain & Graze Program, NSW DPI, Lachlan Catchment Management Authority and Central West Farming Systems where she commenced as an Extension Officer and progressed to the role of CEO. During this time she oversaw a number of RDC funded projects, corporate partnerships and managed a multi-disciplinary team of researchers, extension officers, administration and finance staff.

Nicola Raymond, Program Operations Manager

Nicola is a UK Nuffield Farming Scholar who brings a decade of experience from her career in the agri-food industry in the UK. Nicola has been in a communications support role with Nuffield Australia since 2010 and was the Event Coordinator for the 2011 Nuffield International Conference. A farmers’ daughter from Wales, Nicola was formerly the General Manager of the Welsh Meat Company, a farmer cooperative of 700 producer-members. She has lived in Australia since 2007 and was senior consultant for Currie Communications in Melbourne, where her clients included Dairy Australia and Meat & Livestock Australia. She has also been the Executive Officer of Lucerne Australia, the peak industry body for the lucerne seed industry in Australia. In 2010, she also graduated from RMIT University (Melbourne) with a PR Certificate. Nicola is passionate about agriculture and working on behalf of primary producers.


Annette Votteler, Finance Manager

Annette  joined the Nuffield Australia team in July 2017 in the capacity of Finance Manager. Annette earned a Bachelor of Accounting from Stellenbosch University in South Africa and has held various finance roles over the last 15 years, starting her career as a Bursary and Scholarship Clerk at a South African University. She has lived and worked in South Africa, China, Ireland, the UK and Germany, before settling in Australia in 2014 and starting her bookkeeping company in Sydney. When Annette isn’t organising money matters, she can be found camping and bushwalking in National Parks.




Theo Howell, Website Development and Graphic Design

Theo is an independent web developer and programmer who has been working with Nuffield since 2010. Responsible for the development and maintenance of Nuffield International online database he has helped make the web portal an actively used resource for scholars and managers alike. He is also responsible for the upkeep of Nuffield Australia’s website. Theo’s professional career as a software and website developer started at the turn of the century, first working for a firm that produced products for large retail chains and advertising agencies before breaking out on his own nine years later. He now oversees websites and systems for customers over a variety of different industries including agricultural, medical, printing, clothing, construction and manufacturing.

Chontell Giannini, Travel Coordinator

Chontell has worked at ITravel Griffith since January 1997. She completed her certificate III in travel and tourism in 1996 and received the award for highest results. Since working at Jetset she has been awarded Top 20 Consultant Australian Wide for Contiki sales and has been awarded several positions on familiarisation trips due to high sales.  Over the past few years, she has focused heavily on corporate travel, and manages numerous accounts both locally and interstate, as a result she specialises in fare construction. She has been assisting Nuffield with their travel arrangements since 2003 and enjoys the challenges it offers.

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