Cameron Archer — PSM, AM, B Sc Agric (Hons), B Ed Stud, M Ed, PhD
Chair, appointed 09/09/2008.
Dr Archer is a leading agricultural educator and former Principal of Tocal College (NSW Department of Primary Industries). Dr Archer is also Chair of Belgenny Farm Trust and Director of the Royal Agricultural Society Foundation. He is a Board Member of the Tom Farrell Institute at University of Newcastle and Regional Development Australia-Hunter. He is also a Trustee of the Australian Wool Education Trust.
In 2014 Dr Archer was awarded a medal in the Order of Australia for services to agricultural education.
Nick Gill — B Ag Econ, MBA, FGIA, MAICD
Mr Gill is CEO of Belvino Investments and is Director Agriculture for Challenger Funds Management Real Estate. He has had senior executive experience with SunRice and Twynam Agricultural Group and also has worked as company secretary for Colly Cotton. Mr Gill brings agribusiness and a wide knowledge of rural production to the Board.
Stuart Hemmings — BSc Ag, M Ed., FACE, JP, GAICD
Mr Hemmings is an education consultant, including an Associate with Cambridge Education and is a Community Member on the NSW State Parole Authority. Mr Hemmings was a secondary school teacher of agriculture and science prior to his appointment to a number of senior positions in the NSW Department of Education, in both rural and metropolitan settings. He has also worked extensively for the NSW Board of Studies in a number of capacities and continues his long membership of the NSW Association of Agriculture Teachers.
Julie King — B Ed, Dip Design Studies, M Ed, Dip Book Editing & Publishing
Ms King is an experienced teacher and has worked in various parts of the education system. She is currently Curriculum Specialist, Technologies at the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority. She has played a key role in the development of the Australian Curriculum for Technologies which includes food and fibre production. Ms King brings to the Board a range of educational experience and also a significant network of contacts to assist PIEFA in pursuing its various programs.
Lynn Mason — BA, FAICD.
Ms Mason has a background in education, primary industries and local government with experience in fisheries, cropping, grazing and agricultural contracting. She is Chair of the Tasmanian Community Fund, Chair of Metro Pty Ltd and a board member of Crime Stoppers Tasmania. She was President of the Local Government Association of Tasmania and served as Mayor of Flinders Council for six years. Ms Mason was the Telstra Australian Business Owner of the Year in 2000.
John Taylor — BAppSc (RurTech, Hons1), PhD, GAICD.
Dr Taylor has wide experience as a scientist, research manager and educator. He is Chair of the DAFF Industry Skills Advisory Group, President of the Australian Rangeland Society and a Director of Southern Gulf Catchments and the Regional NRM Groups Collective. He is the former Professor of Rangeland Management at the University of Queensland, a former Member of the Remote Enterprise Centre's Ministerial Advisory Board and was a Non-Executive Director of the Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre. He spent 30 years at CSIRO in a range of roles including Research Scientist, Deputy Chief and Division Chief. Dr Taylor has won national and international awards for demand-driven educational programs in higher education.
Sarah Thompson — Dip Occ Ther
Mrs Thompson has had 35 years' experience as a partner in a beef and grain enterprise in Hunter Valley of NSW. She has a long record of representation within NSW Farmers Association as an Executive Councilor, and on its Rural Affairs Policy Committee. Mrs Thompson has been a strong supporter of the initiative to establish PIEFA, and been a key advocate of the need for primary industries based content within the curriculum. She brings to the Board a wide range of experience in farming and the agricultural industry.