Trainers & Guardian Angels


Alison Hamilton

Alison is an independent consultant with experience in the beef and cattle industry; she runs a small cattle trading operation with her husband near Wagga Wagga in the NSW Riverina. Alison's qualifications include Bachelor of Rural Business Administration, NSW Department of Primary Industries Cattle Livestock Assessment course and TAE40110  Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.  Alison was named the 2011 NAB Agribusiness Beef Industry Rising Champion, representing Australian beef producers at the young Five Nation's Beef Alliance forum held in Denver, Colorado in January 2011. Alison was also a runner up in the RIRDC NSW Rural Women's Award in 2010 and was a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program, course 18.



Angela Stewart

Angela is a highly experienced Agronomist with a mixed farming enterprise at Warialda. She is also an experienced Agriculture teacher who holds a Bachelor of Science (Plant and Soil), A TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and has partially completed a Bachelor of Farm Management. Angela is not only a trainer but also provides individual support and encouragement for our students as one of our 'Guardian Angels'.



Anthony Wright

Ant has a strong background in Agriculture having managed various properties and operated his own livestock contracting business. Based in Armidale Ant holds a Diploma of Agriculture and the TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment



David Cornish

David has enjoyed a successful career in business related fields across New South Wales and Victoria. Over the last 20 years, David has held the roles of manager, CEO, director and consultant at some of the most highly respected banks and businesses in Australia. His expertise is of great benefit to his students. David's qualifications include a Bachelor of Agriculture Economics, Bachelor of Business Management, Foundation Diploma in Financial Planning and TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.



David Worsley

David is a sheep and beef farmer from Inverell, NSW. He presents our Chemical Card Plus, Property Management Planning, Farm Safety, and other farm related workshops. David is well known across northern NSW as a gifted trainer who relates well to farming groups. David's qualifications include Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture), Diploma of Education and TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.



Elizabeth Brown

Elizabeth has been working with farm families across central and western NSW for nearly 20 years to assess their financial position and identify options. Elizabeth is well trained in negotiation, counselling and facilitation. She has a keen interest in agriculture and the financial performance of a wide range of enterprise types. Elizabeth's qualifications include Advanced Diploma of Rural Business Administration with distinction, Diploma of Community Services (financial counselling) and TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.



Greg Murtha

Greg runs a blueberry farm at Korora a few kilometres from Coffs Harbour, NSW. Greg was a high school teacher for 30 years teaching Agriculture and Science specialising in Chemistry and Biology in latter years. Greg and his wife formerly ran a small banana plantation and business (Nana Culture) producing 250,000 plants per year, supplying tissue cultures to banana nurseries, government research bodies and farmers Australia wide and in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Greg's qualifications include Diploma of Teaching (Science), Diploma of Agriculture and TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.



Karen Harper

Karen is experienced in the on farm “people issues” related to communication, management and succession, and operates her own consultancy, high resolutions.  Karen’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Business in the Field of Real Property Valuation and Administration and TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.



Kathy Sims

Kathy is a former rural financial counselor in Dubbo and Rural Skills Development Manager for NSW Farmers Association . She has worked extensively with farmers in both business and education/training. Kathy's qualifications include a Master of Accountancy, a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Education and TAE40110 in Training and Assessment.



Kristy Youman

Kristy is a highly experienced in Environmental Science and Agriculture having worked in this field for more than 10 years in roles ranging from on farm experience, research, agronomy and mentoring.  She holds a Bachelor of Natural Resources (Honours) and the TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment



Maureen Devine

Maureen is a well known, innovative educator with more than 30 years experience in teaching and administration. She has worked in a range of schools in the Northern Territory, and has a wealth of practical knowledge of strategies to support students and teachers for good educational outcomes. Central to this is the value of effective education support workers who work with teachers in a classroom situation or remotely in home tutoring. Her understanding of the education assistant role has been gained both as a classroom teacher, and as a principal of schools where students had very significant support needs. Maureen is not only a trainer but also provides individual support and encouragement for our students as one of our 'Guardian Angels'. Maureen has a Bachelor of Education and TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.



Milton Curkpatrick

Milton operates his own precision agriculture consultancy for farmers in northern NSW. He is an highly experienced, practical farmer having operated his own properties in South Australia for nineteen years and managed rural property portfolios for Bird Cameron, Perpetual Trustee Co. and University of New England over a twenty year period. He holds an Advanced Diploma of Agriculture and a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment.



Rebecca Ballard

Bec is a beef and fine wool producer from Tenterfield, NSW. Bec is highly experienced in Natural Resource Management and Agriculture having worked in this field for more than 10 years throughout NSW and Qld. She has worked extensively in the government, not-for-profit and private sectors in roles ranging from invasive species management, water management, sustainable agriculture and environmental management, research, governance and community facilitation and engagement. Bec’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Rural Science, Diploma in Pest Management, Certificate IV in Frontline Management and TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.



Reg Kidd

Reg is extremely well known across NSW in many capacities and is a farmer in Orange, NSW. As a trainer, he presents our Chemical Card Plus, Farm Safety, Farm Planning and other farm related workshops. He is also the well known presenter of ABC local radio's Saturday morning gardening show, board member of the Central West Catchment Authority, Executive Councillor NSW Farmers Association and member of numerous government committees related to pesticide use and weed control. Reg's qualifications include Bachelor of Science (Agriculture), Graduate Diploma in Education and a TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.