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2015 Nuffield Australia National Conference

The 2015 Nuffield Australia National Conference was held in Albury, New South Wales from 16th to 18th September and was followed by a two-day regional tour.


‘Making Change Happen’ – Educate, Innovate, Exceed


We thank our conference sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor: Rabobank • Gold Sponsor: John Deere • Silver Sponsors: Bayer CropScience, RSM Bird Cameron, KPMG, Sunrice, AGT Breeding

We also thank our catering sponsors:

McGuigan Wines, Hungerford Hill, Swinging Bridge, Oysters Unplugged, Simply Rose Petals and Lillydale Chicken

Photos from the conference are available via this link (external site). All speaker presentation videos link to our Nuffield Australia Youtube channel.


Nuffield New South Wales hosted the 2015 Nuffield Australia National Conference at Commercial Club, Albury from 16-18 September 2015. Over 350 delegates and guests registered and attended the event to hear returning scholars present their reports and meet the new 2016 scholars who were also awarded their scholarships.

Welcome Cocktail Function – Wednesday, 16 September

The conference commenced on the evening of Wednesday, 16 September with a cocktail function at the Albury Club, where 200 scholars and supporters were officially welcomed to the event by Nuffield WA Chairman David Gooden (2010 Scholar) and spent the evening networking. There were also presentations from Albury City Mayor Councillor Kevin Mack and Professor Kym Anderson AC, who was representing the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), which is a statutory agency within the Australian Government’s Foreign Affairs and Trade Portfolio and makes a contribution to Australia’s aid policy.

Returning Scholar Presentations

Note: All video presentations are hosted on Youtube

Theme: Horticulture — Innovation/Technology

Karen Brock, Winkleigh TAS, 2014 HIA Scholar Watch video
Nicky Mann, Warnervale, NSW, 2014 HIA Scholar Watch video
Sarah Sammon, Swan Hill VIC, 2014 HIA Scholar Watch video
Keshav Timalsena, Armidale NSW, 2014 Woolworths Scholar Watch video

Theme: Leadership, Communication and Information

Colin De Grussa, Esperance WA, 2014 CBH Group and CSBP Scholar Watch video
Chris Reichstein, Esperance WA, 2014 GRDC Scholar Watch video
Paul Niven, Stanley TAS, 2014 Dairy Australia Scholar Watch video
Wayne Dredge, Lakes Entrance VIC, 2014 FRDC and Woolworths Scholar Watch video

Theme: Productivity / New Technology

Aubrey Pellett, Hill End VIC, 2014 Gardiner Dairy Foundation Scholar Watch video
Ben Boughton, Moree NSW, 2014 GRDC Scholar Watch video
Nick Gillet, Bencubbin WA, 2014 GRDC Scholar Watch video
Bob Nixon, Kalannie WA, 2014 GRDC Scholar Watch video

Theme: Innovation/Technology in the Red Meat Sector

Lucy Griffiths, 2014 New Zealand Scholar Watch video
Tim Gubbins, Moyston VIC, 2014 AWI Scholar Watch video
Hannah Marriott, Kalkallo VIC, 2014 William Buckland Foundation Scholar Watch video
Dan Shand, 2014 New Zealand Scholar Watch video

Theme: Marketing, Value-Adding and the Supply Chain

Mel Poulton, 2014 New Zealand Scholar
Tania Chapman, Mildura VIC, 2014 Rabobank Scholar Watch video
Emma Germano, Mirboo North VIC, 2014 HIA Scholar Watch video
Ben Ralston, Batemans Bay NSW, 2014 FRDC Scholar Watch video

Theme: Managing the Land – soil, water and inputs

Greg Gibson, Hagley TAS, 2014 Sidney Myer Fund Scholar Watch video
Nigel Corish, Goondiwindi QLD, 2014 CRDC and Cotton Australia Scholar Watch video
Simon Mattsson, Marian QLD, 2014 Sugar Research Australia Scholar Watch video
Michael Lyons, Charters Towers QLD, 2014 MLA Scholar Watch video

External Speakers on Day One – Thursday, 17 September

Day one keynote speakers included:

Conference opening by Thos Gieskes, Thos Gieskes, Managing Director, Rabobank Australia and New Zealand
Download presentation (1.5 MB pdf) Watch video
Motivation, inspiration and adapting to changing circumstancesRob Cook, 2011 Nuffield Scholar
Download presentation (11.2 MB pdf) Video extract available on request
Succession planning and business modelsIsobel Knight, Founder of Proagtive
Download presentation (1.3 MB pdf) Watch video
Is Australian economic growth a good thing for rural Australia?Dr Leigh Vial, 2006 Nuffield Scholar
Download presentation (504 K pdf) Watch video

Awards Gala Dinner

tim-fischerAt 6:00pm, delegates attended the Nuffield Australia Annual Award Presentations Gala Dinner at The Albury Entertainment Centre. The MC for the evening was Sam Archer, (2008 Scholar), and special guest speaker was Hon Tim Fischer AC, Ex-Deputy Prime Minister who delivered the George Wilson Oration. Watch video

George Wilson was the Australian Nuffield Farming Scholars Association founding chairman when the organisation was formed in 1976. He served in the role for 16 years, creating a lasting legacy for agriculture in Australia. To learn more about George Wilson go here.

Fortieth-year awards were awarded to scholars who completed their scholarships in 1975-76, namely Duncan McDonell (VIC) and Hugh Roberts AM (NSW).

In addition, 24 new (2016) Scholars were presented with their awards at the dinner. More information about these Scholars can be found under the ‘Scholarships’ section of this website.

External Speakers on Day Two – Friday, 18 September

Opening addressHon Joel Fitzgibbon MP, Member for Hunter, NSW, and Shadow Minister for Agriculture. View presentation
Innovation and technologyDr Brian Keating, Executive Director CSIRO’s Agriculture, Food and Health Sector  Download presentation (2.9 MB pdf) View presentation
Plastic and reconstructive surgeryGary Kode, highly-trained Specialist Plastic Surgeon  Download presentation (7.1 MB pdf) View presentation
Adapting to changeAndrew Broad MP, Member for Mallee, Victoria, and 2006 Nuffield Scholar. View presentation
Making change happenMick Keogh, Managing Director, Australian Farm Institute  Download presentation (1.2 MB pdf) View presentation
Leadership/advisory/advocacyPip Job, 2014 RIRDC Rural Woman of the Year  Download presentation (1 MB pdf) View presentation

Regional Tour

Following the conclusion of the formal two-day Conference in Alburyn, 80 scholars, partners, investors and stakeholders participated in a two-day regional tour of southern NSW and Northern VIC. The itinerary is here.

Event Coordinator:

Nicola Raymond 
Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarships
Phone: 0406 761 798

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