Andrew Spencer


  • Former Chief Executive Officer, Australian Pork Ltd
  • Director, Pork CRC Ltd
  • Thirty-year career in agribusiness, both in Australia and internationally
  • Worked in France, in the agricultural biotechnology and seeds markets

David Clarke


  • Former Treasurer, NSW Farmers' Association
  • Mr Clarke has worked in agriculture for over 30 years, the past 14 years managing partner of the family property 'Mt Brace' Rylstone district.
  • Now specialising in beef production, formerly fine merino wool - also mixed farming enterprises, canola & grains.

Dr Wendy Craik


  • Commissioner of the Productivity Commission (2009 to 2014)
  • Executive Director of the National Farmers’ Federation (1995 to 2000)
  • Chair of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation
  • Deputy Chancellor for the University of South Australia
  • Chair of the NSW Marine Estate Management Authority
  • Director of the Reserve Bank (from May 2018)


Alexandra Gartmann


  • Chief Executive Officer, Rural Bank
  • Before joining Rural Bank, Alexandra was CEO of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
  • Previously CEO of the Birchip Cropping Group - a not-for-profit agricultural research organisation


Richard Heath

Executive Director

  • Executive Director, Australian Farm Institute
  • Director of the Grains Research and Development Corporation - former director Nuffield Australia Farming Scholars
  • Previously Associate Professor of Agronomy and Farm Management for the University of Sydney responsible for managing their North West Farms group
  • Served for six years on the Northern Panel of the GRDC advising on research priorities for the Australian grains industry
  • Owned a consulting business advising on the application of new technology in Australian agriculture.
  • Travelled on a Nuffield Scholarship researching precision application of fertiliser