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National Farmers' Federation

Our Team

Meet our Team

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) team is made up of highly-skilled and experienced professionals who are dedicated to the cause of furthering the opportunities for Australia’s farmers.

The NFF team has a strong passion for Australian Agriculture and making sure the sector continues to grow for years to come….

Leana Bartsch

Administration Officer

Leana Bartsch

Leana joined the NFF as Administration Officer in 2018.

Stevi Howdle

Executive Assistant

Stevi Howdle

Stevi joined the NFF team in May 2018 following four years working in the Local Government sector. Originally from Alberta in Canada, Stevi completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.

Warwick Ragg

General Manager, Natural Resource Management

Warwick Ragg

Warwick was raised on a farm in the NSW Southern Highlands and has almost 30 years experience in rural and regional advocacy. Prior to joining NFF Warwick had been working in the Commonwealth Government in stakeholder engagement roles and had previously spent a decade with NSW Farmers' Association and a further decade as chief executive of Australian Forest Growers.

Tom Cullen

Policy Officer, Workplace Relations & Legal Affairs

Tom Cullen

Originally hailing from Cairns in Far North Queensland, Thomas joined the NFF in February 2018.

Erin Lukey

Policy Officer, Rural Affairs

Erin Lukey

Erin joined the NFF team in April 2019 and is in the role of Policy Officer for Rural Affairs. Growing up in Sydney, Erin found her passion for agriculture in high school and wanted to get more hands on knowledge of the industry. Erin then moved to Armidale to complete a Bachelor of Agriculture from the University of New England. After three years she graduated in 2019 and is excited about being a part of the future of Australian Agriculture.

Heidi Reid

General Manager, Projects

Heidi Reid

Heidi Reid is the General Manger, Projects at the National Farmers' Federation. Starting her career as an accountant working in Sydney, London and Dili (East Timor), Heidi returned home to Australia in 2010 to commence work in agricultural policy and advocacy. Since her return, Heidi has held positions in government, industry, and her family farming partnership on the Monaro.

Prudence gordon

General Manager, Economics and Trade

Prudence Gordon

Pru joined the NFF as General Manger Trade and Economics with over 20 years of trade policy experience. This includes four years as an adviser then senior adviser to two Federal trade ministers and 8 years with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Tony Mahar

Chief Executive Officer

Tony Mahar

Prior to joining the NFF, Tony worked with global food and grocery companies on economic and sustainability issues at the Australian Food and Grocery Council. He worked for a number of years with the Federal Dept of Ag in International Trade and Horticulture Industry Policy.

Ben Rogers

Ben Rogers - General Manager, Workplace Relations & Legal Affairs

Ben Rogers

Ben Rogers joined the NFF team in June 2017 bringing his experience in workplace relations and law to the role of General Manager, Workplace Relations and Legal Affairs. Ben comes with a wealth of experience in the Industrial Relations/Workplace Relations area as Principal Solicitor in the ACT Government, and previously with Comcare and private legal practices in New South Wales.

Adrienne Ryan

General Manager Rural Affairs

Adrienne Ryan

Adrienne has joined the NFF from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, where she worked across a number of policy areas including biosecurity, agricultural productivity, sustainable resource management and non-portfolio issues. Adrienne comes from a farming background in southern NSW, and has qualifications in agricultural science, including a PhD in soil science.

Tegan Scott

Community & Engagement Officer

Tegan Scott

Originally from Corowa, NSW, Tegan joined the NFF team at the end of 2019.

Amanda Tankey

Manager, Corporate Services

Amanda Tankey

Amanda joined the NFF in 2012 and has a broad range of experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in the areas of agriculture, transport, education, health, and human resources.

Charles Thomas

General Manager, Digital and Industry Partnerships

Charles Thomas

Charlie helps the NFF establish partnerships with likeminded organisations to fund advocacy and new initiatives. He also oversees online communications. Raised on a farm in Condobolin, NSW, Charlie started his working life with a prominent law firm before pursuing a career in political advocacy.

Bruce Tran

Policy Officer, Natural Resource Management

Bruce Tran

Bruce joined NFF in April 2018. Growing up in Western Sydney, his first foray into agriculture was through an agricultural high school. In developing a strong interest in the sector, he went to complete a Bachelor of Environmental Systems at The University of Sydney.

Laureta Wallace

General Manager, Media & Communications

Laureta Wallace

Laureta is a public relations professional specialising in the issues impacting agriculture and rural Australia. Laureta cut her teeth in media as a regional print journalist, in NSW and later in Western Australia. While in the West, Laureta held senior roles with the renowned Kondinin Group and in the grains industry. She also spent time as a political media advisor.

Liam Watson

Liam Watson - Policy Officer, Trade and Economics

Liam Watson

Liam began work at the NFF in 2019 after graduating from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He specialises in a variety of micro and macroeconomic issues of relevance to the agricultural industry – tax reform, competition policy, capital markets and monetary policy. His academic background was heavily focussed on political economy, and it was this focus that led to his interest in trade policy.

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