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About the Program

The National Forum 2016

Salt Resort, Kingscliff, NSW

29-30 August, 2016

Leading Presentations

Jack Wilkinson

Challenges, Dynamics and Benefits of Collective Activity

During the last decade the power of the Co-operative has delivered much to rural Canada. Learn of the resurgence of this model and the benefits being accrued to individual Cooperative members.

Jack will share first hand experience in working with farmers, government and agribusiness and in designing numerous programs that have stood the test of time.

This presentation will show how to dramatically enhance and strengthen the farmer’s economic position ensuring a better and more stable income for farm families.

Robyn Donnelly

Business Models and Governance

Robyn has practiced as both a solicitor and barrister. She is a member of the Legal Models Working Group for Social Enterprise and provides start up consulting services to individuals seeking to form co-operatives in industries including agriculture, disability and community services, renewables and arts groups.

She holds the post of director and secretary fo the Bathurst Wholefood Co-operative Ltd, and has recently completed a handbook for Community Share and Investment Offers by co-operatives.

Doriana Mangili

The Power of Collective Marketing

Doriana commenced her career working in financial services in Co-operatives and Mutuals in Australia and the United Kingdom. Starting a family was the catalyst for a tree change and in 2005 Doriana became a banana farmer.

Joining the Sweeter Banana Co-operative first as a grower member, then a board member, employee and now a Business Manager of the co-operative Doriana is known for being able to talk about bananas for longer than seems entirely necessary.

Passionate about farming, Regional WA, Local produce and Gascoyne region food Doriana is also the Executive Officer of the Gascoyne Food Council.

Mat Regan

Managing Supply Chain Logistics to Drive Profit

Supply chain management spans many functions and requires businesses to take a broader, more strategic perspective that goes beyond defining excellence, in terms of cost reduction and control.

More than ever before, excellence in logistics functions is about driving revenue growth, capturing market share, and enhancing customer satisfaction and loyalty.

This session will highlight how supply chain optimisation delivers the competitive advantage: less expensive, faster and more flexible delivery options to win the sale.

Gurmesh Singh

Benefits and Challenges of Collective Bargaining

Setting up and running a co-operative is a challenging task. A co-operative must negotiate more regulatory hurdles and, therefore, needs specialised and experienced accounting and legal advisors.

Producers contemplating joining or starting a co-operatives should be the right team is at the helm, equipped with the professional skills to handle growth.

Ben Lyons

The Power of Collective Marketing

Dr Ben Lyons is Chief Executive Officer for TSBE. Fluent in Mandarin, Ben returned home to Australia in 2015 after 18 years in China. Previously, Ben was Chief Operating Officer, and prior to that General Manager for Business Development and Strategy (Asia) for TSBE.

He carries a diverse knowledge base and China experience having studied and worked in Nanjing, Xi’an, Beijing and Shanghai. Ben has a PhD in Economics (UQ) and is an alumni of the Australia-China Council Business Scholar programme. He is originally from south western Queensland having grown up on his family’s mixed livestock and farming properties at Augathella and Glenmorgan.

Round Tables

Negotiation and Group Dynamics

  • How do we eliminate discord?
  • What are the essentials for win/win negotiation?
  • How do we ensure all voices are heard?
Jack Wilkinson

During the last decade the power of the Co-operative has delivered much to rural Canada. Learn of the resurgence of this model and the benefits being accrued to individual Cooperative members.

Jack will share first hand experience in working with farmers, government and agribusiness and in designing numerous programs that have stood the test of time.

This presentation will show how to dramatically enhance and strengthen the farmer’s economic position ensuring a better and more stable income for farm families.

Collaborative E-Commerce

  • Where will the internet be in three years and how will agriculture take advantage of it?
  • Is there the potential for farmers to earn money or improve their cash flow from the data they produce?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities for farmers to receive value from data?
  • Is there a role for a data co-operative?
Chris Souness & Airlie Trescowthick

Chris Souness

Chris Sounness is CEO of BCG. He has spent twenty years at the development and extension end of getting innovation and research on farm. He grew up on a family farm in WA. Since 1992 he has worked in the Wimmera Mallee of Victoria working with farmers and their advisers to increase uptake of agricultural research particularly through building farmers knowledge and skills in agronomy and seasonal climate risk.

Chris’s communication is around the principal – family farm is business; in season decision making is about cash flow management, land purchasing is about capital management, the family component of the farm is time management and shared expectations. Digital agriculture, the data it creates and the utilisation in decision making both on farm and along the supply chain will allow exciting changes. What they are and how disruptive they will be is in our hands.

Airlie Trescowthick

Managing Director – The Farm Table

Airlie Trescowthick, Managing Director of The Farm Table, is a sheep and beef producer from Holbrook in the Southern Riverina of NSW. Airlie recently returned from Canada with a Masters in Food and Resource Economics.

In 2014, Airlie worked with Food Tank , an online food and agricultural think tank based in the United States, writing for a large audience (100,000 subscribers each week) on issues pertinent to family farmers, including livestock production, crop management, mental health, drought assistance and policy, and the importance of engaging youth in agriculture.

As a young Australian agribusiness professional, Airlie wants to contribute to an industry that she is so proud of.

Collaboration: Northern Rivers Cooperative Alliance Case Study

  • Why should co-operatives collaborate?
  • What are the advantages of shared regional boundaries?
  • How is productivity impacted by your alliance?
Greg McNamara & John Seccombe

Greg McNamara

With 20 years experience as a Director of Northern NSW based dairy co-operative Norco and having served the membership as Chairman for some 16 years to date, Greg has extensive experience in the co-operative sector.

Greg has always espoused the benefits of the co-operative model and after many years of hard work within the dairy industry in promoting the model to retailers and consumers, it is gratifying that there is now a tangible resurgence in the value that co-operatives p[lay in our business landscape./ This has also been demonstrated through the collaborative work undertaken by the Cooperatives Alliance, of which Norco is a founding member.

In partnership with his wife Sue and son Todd, Greg owns and operates a dairy farm just outside of Lismore and has extensive experience across the agricultural sector, including dairy, beef, pigs, horticulture and animal genetics. Greg has recently accepted the appointment of Chairperson of the Industry Advisory Group within Farm Co-operatives and Collaboration Pilot Program and is also a Board Director of the New South Wales Business Chamber.

John Seccombe

John

Chairman, Northern Co-operative Meat Company Ltd Board

John was appointed to the Northern Co-operative Meat Company Ltd Board in 2010, elected Chairman in 2013 and is Chairman of the Board’s Nominations and Remuneration Committee. A Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, he has managed research institutions, a large cattle station in the Moree district and a custom feedlot at Gurley as well as having a period with the Australian Meat and Livestock Corporation.

John serves on the North Coast Rural Producers Consultative Committee and is an appointee to the Cattle Tick Ministerial Advisory Committee. He is an independent member of the Animal Care and Ethics Committee for SCU.

Cross Cultural Market Penetration

  • What do we need to recognise about ourselves before we can engage?
  • Who do we need on our team to enter that market?
  • How do we access decision makers?
  • How do we close the sale?
Ben Lyons

Dr Ben Lyons is Chief Executive Officer for TSBE. Fluent in Mandarin, Ben returned home to Australia in 2015 after 18 years in China. Previously, ben was Chief Operating Officer, and prior to that General Manager for Business Development and Strategy (Asia) fro TSBE.

He carries a diverse knowledge base and China experience having studied and worked in Nanjing, Xi’an, Beijing and Shanghai. Ben has a PhD in Economics (UQ) and is an alumni of the Australia-China Council Business Scholar programme. He is originally from south western Queensland having grown up on his family’s mixed livestock and farming properties at Augathella and Glenmorgan.

Collaborative Agriculture

  • What is collaboration and how does this differ to being in a co-operative?
  • Are you ready to collaborate? What does being ready mean?
  • What are the impediments to collaboration, and how can they be overcome?
  • What is the culture which needs to be created to overcome the emotional challenges and maximise the benefits available to all parties?
John Gladigau

John is a Nuffield Scholar, a founding partner of Collaborative Farming Australia (now trading as Collaborative Ag), and a partner in a successful ha collaborative farm, Bulla Burra, in the Northern Mallee region of SA.

2016 is the eighth season of Bulla Burra’s operations, cropping 11,000 ha to cereals and legumes in a model focussed on not only on efficiency and economics, but also passion, relationships, professionalism and promoting a positive image for their industry.

In his role with Collaborative Ag, John has worked with many farmers, consultants and business groups, including the creation of several collaborative farms in the cropping, livestock and wine grape industries.

Create a Level Playing Field to Operate Nationally

  • How will the Senate inquiry findings and recommendations set the ground for reform?
  • What can industry, government and this Program do in parallel to implement the Senate recommendations?
Ben Roche & Melina Morrison

Ben has responsibility for a suite of portfolios that focus on connecting SCU’s research and teaching strengths with the sustainable development needs of its communities. He provides leadership and advice to drive engagement strategies and cultivate key relationships and networks to realise the University’s strategic priorities whilst optimising community benefit, impact and exchange.

Melina Morrison

Melina

CEO, Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals

Melina is a regular guest speaker at national and international conferences, speaking about the important role the co-operative and mutual sector plays in ensuring a level playing field for consumers, and how the business model can assist business owners, primary producers, governments and other entities achieve their goals.

Melina also works extensively with various government departments developing policy and programmes around the co-operative and mutual sector, and consults on co-operative development projects.

 

Collaboration: Northern Australia’s Approach to Horticulture

  • How can we respond to the realities of a continually changing regulatory and operating landscape?
  • How do we positively engage with industry for the benefit of members?
  • How do we get our minds out of Northern Australia and into the rest of Australia?
Shenal Basnayake

Shenal is CEO of NT Farmers, the peak industry body representing all plant industries in the Northern Territory. Shenal has wide ranging experience within Northern Australia having spent time in Darwin, Cairns and Townsville in numerous senior executive roles in the public and private sector dealing with economic development and supply chains. Shenal possess a number of qualifications ranging from climate change to marine operations.

He currently sits on a number of advisory councils and Boards; the Northern Territory Work Health and Safety Ministerial Advisory Council, the Northern Territory Department of Correctional Services Industry Advisory Council, the UN Association of Australia – NT Division, amongst others. He has a passion for developing young leaders and is particularly proud to have established and been founding Chairman of Young Shipping Australia.

Family Farmer’s Working Together for Supply Chain Opportunities

  • How can the family farm gain leverage in a multinational and globalised market?
  • How can web based technology provide a competitive advantage?
  • What are the crucial points of the chain?
Emma Robinson

Charters Towers-based beef producer Emma Robinson’s passion for the cattle industry has driven her to promote co-operative business models for family-owned beef farms, so that individual operations can gain greater scale, efficiency and profit from the beef supply chain by working together.

Mrs Robinson was the recipient of the 2016 RIRDC Rural Queensland Women’s Award for her work as founder of The Beef Co-op Project.

She completed a Winston Churchill Trust fellowship, which involved researching beef supply innovation in the UK, USA and Canada last year.