The HLN Board
Colin Geddes, Chair
Colin is a third generation farmer and landcare member. He has a BAgSc (Hon) degree from LaTrobe University and prior to returning to the family farm spent 4 years working in retail agronomy. He runs a self-replacing beef and meat sheep property at Holbrook. He has been a member of the Grasslands Society of Southern Albury Wodonga branch, as well as other local community and sporting groups. Other interests include water-skiing and raising his sons.
Marcus Richardson, Deputy Chair
Marcus is a farm business owner and manager on a 900 hectare property at Table Top. He brings to the Board experience gained over a number of years in variety of businesses. Before returning to the family property he was previously employed off-farm in banking, accounting, grain trading and logistics, all located around the Riverina area. During the transition to being a full time farmer, he worked part time for Wodonga TAFE conducting recognition of prior learning assessments with farmers across north east Victoria. He completed tertiary studies at the University of New England in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Science and then completed an accounting degree at Charles Sturt University while working in that industry. Marcus has been involved in the Grasslands Society of Southern Albury Wodonga branch, for the last 15 years. He has a keen interest in Landcare and is a beginner bird watcher.
Dougald Frederick, Company Secretary
Dougald is a retired Chartered Accountant who lives on a 85 hectare property at Ettamogah. He was previously a partner in KPMG having worked in Melbourne, London, Sydney and Port Moresby prior to transferring to Albury in 1988. Having been raised on a dry land sheep/beef property at Caniambo (between Benalla and Shepparton) he has continued his interest in agriculture throughout his working life. Dougald is involved in a number of local community organisations including Hot House Theatre, MAMA Art Foundation and Parklands Albury Wodonga Public Fund. He has a keen interest in Landcare and is a passionate bird watcher.
Angela Avery, Director
Angela has worked in R&D related to pasture agronomy and grazing management across a range of industries. She was the national leader of the EverGraze project which had a focus on improving productivity and sustainability outcomes for the high rainfall grazing zone. Angela also led research funded by the Murray Darling Basin Commission that assessed the environmental, economic and social sustainability of current land management practices in three catchments across the Basin: Goulburn Broken (Vic), Billabong Creek (NSW) and Condamine (QLD). She also is the author of “Pastures for Horses a Winning Resource”. Angela is the Centre Director for the Red Meat Innovation Centre led from Hamilton and manages a research group in the Future Farming Systems Research Division (DPI Victoria). This group has 110 scientists across research disciples including lamb production science, soil science, hydrology, hydrogeology, catchment modelling, farming system economics and spatial information. She is also involved in the development of Victoria’s red meat RD&E program.
Helen Burns, Director
Helen Burns is currently NSW DPI Pasture Development Officer based in Wagga Wagga. She has over 25 years of experience as an extension agronomist, focusing on mixed farming systems, with particular emphasis on plant – soil interactions. Her field investigations and engagement with growers has had significant impact on crop production laying the foundations for widespread adoption of lime application, nitrogen use in grain crops and sulfur use in canola in the 1980s and 90s. Her recent investigations highlighted the widespread issue of subsurface acidity. She provides technical and field support in the Holbrook Landcare Network Acid Soil Initiative. An advocate of active-learning, she has designed numerous extension programs incorporating on-farm field demonstrations, workshops and resources.
Sandy Middleton, Director
Sandy has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree from Charles Sturt University and a Bachelor of Business (Agricultural Commerce) from the University of Sydney. He has been involved in the Agri-business sector for 16 years, with 10 of those as an agronomist in the Holbrook region. In 2017 Sandy established Southern Slopes Agronomy, an independent agronomy business servicing the Holbrook and Upper Murray areas in Southern NSW. Together with his wife Felicity and children Ben and Anna, Sandy also operates a family beef business in the Mannus and Tumbarumba district.
Nicola Herbert, Director
Nic is a farm business owner and manager on a 950 hectare property north of Holbrook. Nic grew up on a flood irrigated mixed farming property on the Niemur River, where she developed a keen interest in both agriculture and the environment. Having lived and worked in rural communities her whole life, Nic understands the value of connectivity and resilience in local communities. Together with husband Andrew they raised five children and owned and operated a 1600 hectare rice and livestock enterprise n the Wakool district before relocating to the Holbrook area 12 years ago. They now run a commercial self-replacing fat lamb operation. The property is managed grazed with a focus on animal welfare, a thriving environment and economic prosperity. Nic will bring to the Board of the Holbrook Landcare Network qualities such as curiosity, equanimity and a commitment to the respectful understanding of a range of perspectives.
Lucinda Corrigan, Director
A successful Independent Director with a deep understanding of innovation in the Australian Agribusiness sector. She is Co-principal of a family agribusiness in Southern NSW, which produces high quality beef genetics for Australian and international markets. She is an experienced Non-Executive Director with expertise in livestock systems, in supply chain innovation, productivity and sustainability. She has high level communication skills and is an experienced mentor. She has chaired a number of organizations including the Advisory Committee to the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation at Charles Sturt University, the Meat & Livestock Australia Donor Company, the Primary Industries Ministerial Advisory Council (for Min Hodgkinson) in NSW, the Animal Welfare Science Centre at Melbourne University and the Agricultural Genetics and Breeding Unit at the University of New England (current).
Edwina Hayes, Director
Edwina is a social worker, wife and mother from Mullengandra. Edwina helps her family with a small farm, rural fencing and specialist agricultural events labour businesses. She has experience in Landcare, mental health, executive health management and developing economic, environmental and social outcomes in southern NSW. She is committed to building community capacity to participating actively in land management, natural resource management, biosecurity and emergency management. Edwina is the CEO of Regional Development Australia, Murray. She was appointed to the Murray Local Land Services Board in 2019.