Our People

Cultivate Agribusiness is governed and lead by a Board that represents the diversity of the agribusiness sector and is guided by – and dedicated to – Cultivate’s mission, vision, and core values.

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Andrew Young

Chair

Andrew has a background in production agriculture, investment management, international business consulting, and business development facilitation. He currently works with selected regionally based agribusinesses focusing on IP, business, innovation and export development.

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ViceChair

 

WendyRoss

Wendy Ross

Treasurer

Wendy has over 25 years of dairy farming experience at Bald Hills. Her passion has seen 4 family members now being associated with the farm business. Wendy also runs a bookkeeping and business management service.

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Lawrence Richmond

Past Chair

Lawrence has extensive agricultural knowledge and business management skills. Lawrence currently has agricultural interests in New South Wales, the Ukraine and South America.

Craig Hinchliffe

Craig Hinchliffe

Board Member

Craig has extensive experience as a farmer and international aid worker specialising in community development and rural livelihoods.  Craig works from his family property ‘Glenlee Farm’ which is located south of Ararat.

Annabel Davies

Annabel Davies

Board Member

Annabel is a 4th generation beef farmer who is passionate about the agriculture industry. She is a member of the VFF Young Agribusiness Professionals  and is currently undertaking a Masters of Business Administration. Annabel works as an Agribusiness Relationship Manager with NAB in Ballarat.

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Quinton Wilkinson

Board Member

Quinton is a passionate Food Technology expert in NPD and Food Processing skills with over 52 years in the food industry covering the Meat, Baking and Vegetable categories. He has recently retired after 25 years as R&D Manager, and 5 years as Innovations Support Manager for McCain Foods Australia and NZ

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Chris Sharke

Board Member

Farming in a low rainfall and challenging environment Chris has extensive knowledge in soil moisture management techniques and employs technologies such as satellite imagery and yield mapping to improve overall efficiencies. The farm business, located on the Werribee Plains has interests in grain production, a free range piggery, sheep and a bulk grain storage facility

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Pat Murphy

Board Member

As a chef, food technologist and teacher Patrick has worked along the food chain with the Australian Government and his own businesses in Australia and Internationally in market development, soil management, agribusiness development and adult education.

 

Staff

Lucinda Staley

Lucinda Staley

Executive Officer

 

Organisational Representatives

SiobhanDent

Siobhan Dent

City of Ballarat Representative

Andrew Goodsell

Andrew Goodsell

Moorabool Shire Representative

Ray Davies

Ray Davies

Pyrenees Shire Representative

Amanda Western

Amanda Western

Hepburn Shire Representative

Sam Campbell

Sam Campbell

Ararat Rural City Representative

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Angela Clough

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources Representative