Primary Producers SA
Rob Kerin is a former Premier of South Australia, in 2001-02, and serving as Deputy Premier from 1998 to 2001. He was also Leader of the Opposition from 2002 to 2006. In addition to his position as Executive Chair of PPSA, Rob is Chairman of Regional Development SA, Director of South Australian National Football League, Deputy Chair Australian Country Football Council, Deputy Chair of Variety (SA) and Board member of Brand SA. Rob has completed major consultancies including the restructure of Regional Development Boards to RDAs in SA in 2009-10 and the Review of 2010-11 Grain Harvest Operations and Recommend Operational Changes for the Viterra Grain Handling System.
Grain Producers SA
Wade returned to his family farm at Parilla in 2011 to help run the growing business, including 4500 hectares of crops as well as potatoes and livestock. With experience in the grain trading, storage and handling industry, he is keen for other growers, particularly young farmers, to gain skills in grain selling and business management. He sees a great future in the grain industry, and would like to see more farmers engaged with GPSA and young farmers upskilled to be part of the future of the industry. Wade joined the GPSA Board in May 2014 and was elected Chairman at the 2016 AGM. He also chairs GPSA’s Transport and Supply Chain Sub-Committee.
Joe is a partner in Keyneton Station, a family farming business, operating at Keyneton and in the South East, principally grazing Merino sheep, Angus cattle and first-cross lambs. Joe has had a long involvement in regional and state organisations including the Natural Resources Management Council and the SA Murray-Darling Basin NRM Board. He has also been a member of LambEx 2014 Committee and the Cattle Council of Australia Research, Development, Extension and Sustainability Sub-Committee. He believes a strong Livestock SA is needed to advocate to government and industry for future policy development and investment in programs that support agriculture. Joe is currently the South Australian representative on WoolProoducers Australia. He is also Chair of the PPSA Natural Resources Committee.
Horticulture Coalition of SA
Howard is Chief Executive Officer of HortEx Alliance, a member of the Horticulture Coalition of SA. Howard operates the Virginia Horticulture Centre. He has previously been Senior Horticulture Consultant at PIRSA where he managed the research funded to introduce Class A reclaimed water from the SA Water wastewater treatment plant at Bolivar. Now more than 250 growers are connected to the Virginia Pipeline Scheme which takes up to 20 gigalitres of reclaimed water per year for irrigation on the Northern Adelaide Plains. Howard is working with HortEx to further the aims of the alliance in setting up a Centre of Excellence for Horticulture to provide training towards employment for entrants into the horticulture industry and to conduct research. HortEx represents 3000 businesses engaged in horticulture.
SA Dairyfarmers’ Association
John arrived in South Australia from New Zealand eight years ago with his family – and a dream of dairy farm ownership.
Today, John and wife Karen are equity managers in a 600-cow dairy and co-own a neighbouring 240-cow dairy with John’s brother. The couple have recently purchased an adjoining 75-hectares, with plans to convert it to a 250-cow dairy.
John joined SADA in 2013 with a keen interest in helping facilitate the next generation of dairy farmers; protecting the farmer’s right to farm; securing profitability in the industry and establishing more transparency in industry-relevant government policy and planning.
Managing a team of full time and casual staff with his family has also built a desire for continual self-improvement and skills development. Since completing his Advanced Diploma in Agriculture, John has actively pursued industry best practice education and training as part of a strategic plan to allow him more time off-farm for industry advocacy involvement, as well as providing his team of both full time and casual staff with opportunities for career advancement.
John firmly believes that despite the occasional bump in the road, the future is bright for dairy farming in South Australia. He is committed to working with South Australia’s dairy industry and key stakeholders to achieve SADA’s mission of giving a voice to all dairy farmers and improving the viability and profitability of dairying now and into the future.
Wine Grape Council of SA
Heather Webster has been Chair of the Wine Grape Council of South Australia since 2016. WGCSA is the peak state body representing the 3300 wine grape growers of South Australia at a state and, via Australian Vignerons, national level. She is Director of Windsong Wines at Langhorne Creek, a boutique wine brand based on a small family vineyard. Since 2009, she has Chaired Langhorne Creek Grape and Wine. Heather has formerly served as a non-executive director on the Beyond Bank Australia Board and as Chair of the International Association of Public Transport. She is a fellow and former councillor of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Adelaide.