Key Staff


Richard Heath – Executive Director

Prior to joining the AFI, Richard was Associate Professor of Agronomy and Farm Management at the University of Sydney and before that was involved in a large family farming business in North West NSW. Richard is a director of the Grains Research and Development Corporation and sits on the Advisory Committee for CSIRO Agriculture and Food. He is a Nuffield scholar and was a director of Nuffield Australia.




Katie McRobert – General Manager

Katie is an editorial, communications and project management specialist. Since commencing with the AFI she has co-authored several research reports, including Reinventing Australian agricultural statistics, Australian agriculture: an increasingly risky business and Change in the air: Defining the need for an Australian agricultural climate change strategy. Katie has previously worked as a global Content & Community Manager for Rabobank and as the National Editor for FarmOnline, and is undertaking an MBA at Griffith University specialising in Sustainable Business.


Teresa Fox – Research and Communications

Teresa grew up on her family's sugarcane property in North Queensland near the Whitsundays which is where her passion for agriculture began. She studied a Bachelor of Agribusiness majoring in Economics at the University of New England. Prior to joining AFI, Teresa undertook a brief internship with a grain training firm in Sydney, then entered a supply chain graduate program with BE Campbell a large pork manufacturing plant in Sydney, where she secured a permanent position as the Livestock Buyer.

Kylie Smith – Events and Membership 

Kylie joined the Institute in 2014 and currently looks after Events and Membership for AFI. As well as organising events, Kylie’s previous roles include Graphic Designer and Studio Coordinator. Kylie is passionate about working in the not-for-profit sector.


Sally Beech – Designer and Editor

Sally has worked at the Institute since 2008 and has over 20 years' experience in editing, design and production. Sally's previous roles include: Studio Coordinator at AGSM; Editorial Assistant at UTS; Designer/Illustrator at Science Press; and Scientific Illustrator at the Australian Museum.