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Nuffield Australia State Committees


New South Wales:

Guy Hebblewhite – Chair (2013 Scholar)
Guy Hebblewhite, from Tamworth, received the 2013 Nuffield Scholarship supported by the RIRDC Chicken Meat Program. Guy studied broiler management and cost reduction in his business using renewable energy, travelling over 18 months to countries including Canada, the USA, UK, Germany and the Netherlands. With his wife Genene, three children and staff, Guy grows meat chickens across two northern NSW properties. In addition, the family business runs a beef and sheep enterprise. Read Guy’s report.

Nicky Mann – Vice Chair (2014 Scholar)
Nicky and her husband Wade and family are hydroponic rose growers on the Central Coast. They own and operate a business called Roses 2 Go Pty Ltd, which we began in 2002 after immigrating to Australia from Zimbabwe. Roses 2 Go Pty Ltd won Florist of the Year in consecutive years from 2007 to 2010 and Business of the Year in 2014 for the Wyong Shire. Nicky also sits on a number of industry boards including the Protected Cropping Australia Board.  Read Nicky’s report

Liz Riley – Secretary (1997 Scholar)
Liz Riley is the owner and operator of Vitibit Pty Ltd. Liz has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Wine) from Roseworthy Agricultural College and was awarded a scholarship in 1997 where she travelled to Europe and the USA to investigate “Sustainable Agrochemical Use in Viticulture”. She was also the Hunter Valley Wine Industry’s 2011 Viticulturist of the Year and more recently the 2017 ASVO Viticulturist of the Year. Read Liz’z Report

Andrew Freeth – Treasurer (2015 Scholar)
Andrew Freeth, from Collie, received the 2015 Nuffield Scholarship supported by the Grains Research and Development Program. Andrew studied investment in on-farm grain storage and supply chain logistics. Andrew works in his family’s 5000-ha dryland broadacre cropping and livestock enterprise, and is involved in all aspects of the business, including crop production, grain marketing, and livestock work. Read Andrew’s report

Northern Territory:

Han Shiong Siah – Chair (2015 Scholar)
Han is based at Humpty Doo and has studied alternate and cost-effective methods to control flying feral vermin. Han is the farm manager and agronomist for Tropical Primary Products, a family-owned and operated business specialising in tropical fruit production. The main crops on the 220-ha property are mangoes, durians, jackfruits and pomelos, while other lesser-known tropical fruit also feature. They also have an active mango-breeding project, with their first commercial variety (TPP1) being widely available in green grocers and major Australian supermarket chains. Read Han’s report

Lorre Herrod – Secretary (2011 Scholar)
Lorre Herrod is from Katherine in the Northern Territory. She manages the 20,000 acre Ballongilly Station, a family business run in conjunction with Western Creek Station, which is 1,100 sq km where they manage Brahman stud cattle. She focussed on cattle production on her scholarship, particularly investigating how to improve the fertility, conformation and genetics of Brahman cattle, preparation, handling and feeding of sale cattle and artificial insemination. Read Lorre’s report

Ashley Severin – Treasurer (1987 Scholar)
Ashley is married to Lyndee and they are based at Curtin Springs Station, via Alice Springs where they manage a cattle station and Wayside Inn. Ashley is a life member of Nuffield Australia and was the first Northern Territory Nuffield Farming Scholar. He studied embryo transfer and saline irrigation, travelling to the UK, France and Israel.  Read Ashley’s report


Jodie Redcliffe – Chair (2013 Scholar)
Jodie, with her husband Wayne and family, owns and operates a commercial broiler operation with 250,000 birds. As part of her scholarship she studied alternatives for poultry house flooring, including litter reuse. This was a focus as a majority of the Australian broiler industry uses wood shavings as bedding material in poultry sheds, with the mixture of sawdust and manure that is generated then on-sold as fertiliser or further processed into a fertiliser mix. Read Jodie’s report

Nigel Corish – Vice Chair (2014 Scholar)
Nigel is based at Goondiwindi. He studied Fertiliser Use Efficiency (FUE) in irrigated cotton crops. The family business growers irrigated cotton as the main crop with about 4000 ha grown annually. They also grow about 4000 ha of dryland cultivated crops, as well as operating a lamb feedlot and running Angus breeder cows. Nigel’s role is to manage and operate one of the properties and is also part of the Corish Farms management group, which manages the financial decisions across the businesses. Read Nigel’s report

Camilla Phillip – Secretary (2007 Scholar)
Camilla is a 2007 scholar and the primary focus of her study was to research supply chain efficiencies, particularly the growth of category management in the horticultural industry. She aimed to develop a clearer understanding of the theory behind category management and the benefits that could be derived from this theory by the horticultural industry and retailing sector. Read Camilla’s report

Adam Coffey – Treasurer (2016 Scholar)
Adam Coffey from Miriam Vale in Qld, is a 2016 Scholar who has been studying commercial cattle production and management tactics for rangeland and other marginal areas. Since relocating from the NT, Adam and his wife Jacynta have recently purchased their first family property and are in the process of re-developing it to run a cross bred cattle breeding & opportunistic trading enterprise. Read Adam’s report


South Australia:

Lachie Seears – Chair (2013 Scholar)
Lachie Seears, manages a family farm at Lucindale in south-east SA, cropping wheat, barley, canola and broad beans. They also have irrigated speciality crops and run a sheep and cattle livestock enterprise. Lachie is a graduate of Marcus Oldham College where he studied an Advanced Diploma in Farm Management. Lachie investigated world’s best practice in supply chain management and value-adding of farm products on his Nuffield Scholarship as he recognised that many famers don’t have the knowledge or confidence to establish supply chain relationships. Read Lachie’s report

Ben Haslett – Vice Chair (2015 Scholar)
Ben and his family produce citrus, almonds, wine grapes and stone fruit in the Riverland of SA. The diverse business has led Ben to become involved across multiple industries in a variety of roles including industry advisory committees, research and development committees, government advisory groups, regional community groups and commercial boards. Ben Studied ‘Rural representation. How can rural communities best represent themselves and their cause for the good of the regions and Australia?’ Read Ben’s report

Carly Bussenschutt – Secretary (2013 Scholar)
Carly is married to Adam and they manage a 2000 hectare family farm on Kangaroo Island, producing prime lambs and running 200 Angus cross breeding cows. Recognising the critical role lamb weaning percentage plays in a successful prime lamb production system led Carly to her Nuffield research topic. She used her scholarship to investigate how lamb producers in other parts of the world manage and optimise the reproductive potential of their flock. Read Carly’s report

Dave Reily – Treasurer (2012 Scholar)
Dave is based at Loxton in South Australia. He studied management of date palm plantations for premium date fruit production. With his family, Dave owns and operates a mixed horticulture enterprise. While they do grow wine grapes and pomegranates, their primary focus is on the production of premium table dates. The focus of his study was to increase his learning and expertise in the management of date palm plantations for premium date fruit production and to explore the markets for high value table dates. Read Dave’s Report


Abby McKibben – Chair (2015 Scholar)
Abby McKibben is married to Josh and they are based in Roaring Beach in South Eastern Tasmania. Abby is the Brand Manager for Huon Aquaculture, Australia’s largest majority family owned aquaculture farm. For her scholarship, Abby researched opportunities for farmers to sharpen their marketing efforts by leveraging the power of provenance on packaging, customer experience and brand narrative. Read Abby’s report

Greg Gibson – Vice Chair (2014 Scholar)
Greg and his family manage a 530‐hectare intensive farming operation with a cropping program consisting of alkaloid poppies, onions, processing peas, broccoli and potatoes. Also grown are an array of seed crops. Their grazing program consists of an Angus cow herd of 170 head and a 5,000 fat lamb trading operation. Greg studied the latest drainage techniques, with an aim of increasing production on non‐performing ground through better water management. Read Greg’s report

Karen Brock – Secretary (2014 Scholar)
With her husband, Karen owns and operates Brocklands Pty Ltd, a diversified horticultural business, supplying plants and tissue culture material to the soft berry fruit and truffle industries, operating a tissue culture laboratory and running a joint venture raspberry breeding program among other operations. Karen, through her Nuffield research, hoped to reduce the assessment time of soft berry fruit by developing a technique for placement of gene markers in the plant. Read Karen’s report

Robert Henry – Treasurer (1991 Scholar)
Rob is married to Kathy and they farm an irrigated cropping and livestock enterprise near Cressy in Tasmania. Rob travelled on his Scholarship in 1991 and studied sustainable agricultural systems on light sandy soils with irrigation. He travelled to the UK, France, USA and Canada.  Read Rob’s report


Matthew Ipsen – Chair (2013 Scholar)
Matthew Ipsen is based at Wareek in Victoria, and is a director of a private agricultural company with his parents, owning and operating 820 hectares. The major enterprise is wool along with sheep meat, hay and cereals. They also own and manage a merino sheep stud and contract harvest. Matthew used his scholarship to investigate world’s best practice in sheep reproduction and lamb survival. Read Matthew’s report

Ashley Fraser – Chair (2012 Scholar)
Ashley is general manager for Baker Seed Co, a family owned and operated business centred around an extensive seed processing and processed grains plant. Within the family they also crop approximately 3000 hectares for seed production in the Rutherglen area and operate a small feedlot to utilize the by‐products from the processing plant. Ashley used his Scholarship to study how seed coating both protects and enhances crop growth. Read Ashley’s report.

Emma Germano – Secretary (2014 Scholar)
From Mirboo North in Victoria, Emma is Business Development and Operations Manager for the family business supplying cauliflower and cabbage crops on 120 hectares. They grow 50,000 cauliflower per week for six months of the year and also grows broad beans, cabbage, and Chinese cabbage periodically during the six‐month harvest period. Emma researched global export opportunities for vegetables and other primary produce. Read Emma’s report

Andrew Nagorcka – Treasurer (2006 Scholar)
Andrew is based at Yatchaw with his wife Kylie and family. The family property is a mixed cropping and grazing enterprise of 1,500 hectares and a relatively reliable average rainfall of 700mm. Andrew studied improving a high rainfall cropping system using a more biological and sustainable approach. He also had a focus on government policies in agriculture. Read Andrew’s report.

Western Australia

Nick Gillett – Chair (2014 Scholar)
Nick is co‐owner and principle manager of the family‐owned farming operation at Bencubbin in the low‐rainfall eastern wheatbelt of WA. They crop over 6000 hectares of wheat and barley and also run some sheep on the remainder of their property. Nick studied innovative ways of improving crop germination and yield in a drying climate and how to improve wheat germination for better plant establishment in marginal conditions. Read Nick’s report

Reece Curwen – Vice Chair (2015 Scholar)
Reece is based at Stirling and manages his family’s 6,500 hectare cropping program that includes canola, barley and wheat, in addition to 10,000 head of Merino ewes. Reece’s scholarship focused on investigating best practice in people management across the agricultural sector and his report includes case studies and practical examples of where and how family farms are creating ‘winning teams’ to unlock the full potential of their employees, their business and their industry. Read Reece’s report

Matthew Hill – Secretary and Treasurer (2013 Scholar)
Matthew Hill lives at Esperance in Western Australia with his wife Angela and family. He received a 2013 Nuffield Scholarship supported by GRDC and focused his research on harvest residue management including control of weed seeds and the potential for value-adding chaff. He manages a family farming enterprise totalling 13,000 hectares of owned and lease land. They crop up to 11,000 hectares annually and they also run a self-replacing merino ewe flock and 130 Angus cows Read Matt’s report

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