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GIWA Executive

Dr Richard Williams - Chair and Chair, GIWA Wheat Council

Richard Williams has worked across the Australian grain supply chain in breeding investment, operations and logistics, research and market analysis, stakeholder and international customer relations for over 25 years.  The majority of his career has had a wheat focus but since market deregulation in 2008, his knowledge has expanded to include barley, canola, field peas, oats and lupins.  He is now Managing Director of his own agricultural consulting company groIQ.

Of particular relevance to GIWA are Richard’s strategic industry roles.  At AWB he managed its national crop shaping activities.  He was part of the GRDC funded Wheat Quality Objectives Group for 10 years.  A key finding from that work was the recommendation for the introduction of the hard-grained medium protein grade of APW.  Richard has been a Council member for Wheat Quality Australia,  a member of UWA’s Institute of Agriculture Industry Advisory Board and more recently joined Curtin University’ Food Science and Technology Advisory Board.  Richard has been an active member of the GIWA Wheat Council since 2011.  His broad set of experience with the CBH Group, AWB Limited and DAFWA, support GIWA’s purpose of growing the value and profitability of the Western Australian grain industry.

Lyndon Mickel - Chair, GIWA Barley Council

Lyndon Mickel is a broadacre cropping and livestock farmer in the Condingup/ Beaumont region east of Esperance. Farming 6,000 ha with his wife, Nikki and his parents, Ian and Veronica, they crop barley, wheat, canola and field peas, along with 1500 merino breeding ewes.

Lyndon has been on the SEPWA Executive committee since 2005, and served as President from 2010 to 2012. He was recently appointed as the chair of the GIWA Barley Council, taking over the reins from long-time Chairman Steve Tilbrook. Lyndon provides business acumen and a grower's prospective to the GIWA team.

Michael Lamond - Chair, GIWA Oilseeds Council

Michael Lamond is currently self employed as a consultant.

Previously, he was National Leader Agronomy with Eurofins from September 2013 to January 2016. Michael was a Director of Agrisearch Services and Principal Plant Breeding and Biotechnology from August 2000 to September 2013 until the business was sold to Eurofins.

Michael has conducted and been in charge of canola field trials in WA and across Australia since 1992 for the majority of the canola breeding companies operating in Australia and has conducted or been involved in a number of canola agronomy system developments and other trait development projects. He was a member of the National Advisory Committee for the NVT (National Variety Trials) from 2004 until 2015 and was in charge of a number of canola NVT’s in NSW, Victoria, and WA.

Will Carrington-Jones - Chair, GIWA Oat Council

Will Carrington-Jones farms south of Kojonup and west of Tambellup on a mixed sheep and grain property. His family moved there in 1957 from the eastern states and started developing the largely bush block. The cropping enterprise grows oats, wheat, canola and silage totalling approx. 1600 hectares.

Will has been a member of the Western Oat Alliance and then GIWA since 2006. He has worked as a grower representative on a number of grain industry projects, the most recent being the High Rainfall Project out of Katanning.

Brian Pover - Chair, GIWA Pulse Council

Brian Pover originated from the great southern area of WA in a mixed farming enterprise west of Mt Barker. Previously Brian was a Director and Vice Chairman of National Rural Independents. He has been a Business Owner and Agronomist of Rural Merchandise Business in the mid-west for the past 20 years.

Brian currently farms 1,000 hectares and is Manager Director of Coorow Seeds which involves international and domestic grain trading and market development. Brian is a member of the Australian Seed Federation who continue production and distribution of new seed varieties and was a member of Pulse WA for over 10 years.

Neil Hooper - Treasurer & Independent Executive Member

Neil Hooper grew up on the family farm in Merredin before heading to Perth where he graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1988. Neil worked as an accountant in Perth until returning to Merredin in 1992 to join Byfields. Neil has been servicing farmer clients since that time.

Neil became a partner of Byfields in 1996 is a Certified Practising Accountant as well as a Chartered Accountant.

Even though Neil is now based in Perth he has maintained his close links to the farming community as his family continues to farm in the Merredin area. He has been a member of the Australian Association of Agricultural Consultants of Western Australia for several years and attends various Agricultural seminars throughout WA.

Neil is passionate about broadacre agriculture in WA and believes the agricultural industry deserves to be serviced by specialists and has focused on consistently providing this service to his clients over the last 20 years.

Dr Blakely Paynter - GIWA Barley Council Representative

Blakely Paynter is a Senior Research Officer at DAFWA. In his current role, Blakely undertakes research and analysis, combines it with data from other sources to develop technical information on the performance of new barley cultivars in response to changes in crop management and environment. Blakely uses technical data to support an improvement in grower profitability when growing barley by examining regionally specific issues that affect barley in the farming system, and tools / guides that assist growers, next users, breeders and the barley supply chain with decisions affecting barley production in WA.

Susan Hall - AGI Council Representative

Susan Hall is an AGI Council representative and former member of the GRDC Western Panel. Susan works as an independent consultant delivering project and stakeholder management, communications, extension and facilitation to the agricultural industry. Susan is passionate about contributing to the development of skills and capacity throughout the grains industry, particularly through her role in being the key driver to the AGI Capacity Building project, and her time on the GIWA Executive.

Susan has a MBA from the University of Western Australia and a Bachelor of Art (Communications) degree from Curtin University.

Mark Narustrang - Independent Executive Member

Mark Narustrang is Principal Consultant and Director at Pivotal Point Strategic Directions (PPSD). He works with Boards and Executive in improving their business performance and resolving complex problems through strategic and commercial analysis and independent advice. Mark has worked with a number of significant agribusinesses in Australia as both a consultant and a senior manager, including 11 years at CBH, most recently as the Group Strategy and Innovation Manager.  Mark has also worked in the Finance and Banking Industry. This experience gives Mark a well-informed, balanced, strategic and analytical view of WA's internationally focused grain supply chain.

Mark has a Bachelor of Business, is a CPA, a graduate of the AICD and a Fellow of FINSIA. 

Rob Dickie - Independent Executive Member

Rob Dickie is currently the Government and Industry Relations Advisor with CBH Group. Prior to this Rob has 3 years’ experience at Joe White Maltings (Cargill Malt) in Adelaide, SA as the Malt Marketing Manager, Asia Pacific. Rob has ten years’ experience working with CBH Group in a variety of domestic and International grain marketing roles. Rob has previously worked for AWB and the WA Minister for Primary Industry; Fisheries.

Rob has a Master of Marketing and Bachelor of Business (Agriculture) and has experience on a number of state and national grain industry representative bodies including the AOF, Oilseeds WA, GIWA, Barley Australia, GTA and GAFTA and is a current member of the UWA Institute of Agriculture Industry Advisory Board.

Peter Metcalfe - Independent Executive Member

Peter Metcalfe’s farming background and Bachelor of Business (Agriculture), combined with a career spanning 30 years at the department, confirms his commitment to the State’s agrifood sector. Fostering a strong grains sector under his guidance, led to the development of the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC) and to the creation of GIWA. His desire to create a more sustainable agrifood sector relies on Peter’s ability to work in partnership with key policy makers, industry leaders and funding bodies both within and outside of Australia. Peter is DAFWA’s Executive Director of Grains and Livestock Industries, with a focus on building a more robust and resilient industry that aims to double its value by 2025 through increased productivity, improved business skills and broader export market options.