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Meet The Board

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Rob Bradley (Chair)

Rob and his wife Jo and operate Bradley Agriculture, an extensive farming business in Northern Tasmania that includes an 850 cow dairy, prime lamb production and irrigated cropping of high value crops including seed carrots, peas and poppies. They  are also partners in a 4,500 ha broad acre farming operation in northern NSW. Outside his own business Rob serves on two ‘Not for Profit Boards in his local community, Cressy Longford Irrigation Scheme and Toosey Aged Care, Longford. He also serves as a director on Dairy Farm Management Business. Awarded his scholarship in 2009, he studied the integration of livestock and cropping farming systems.


David Gooden

David was elected to the board in 2017 following his role as Chair of Nuffield NSW and Chair of the National Conference Committee in 2015. David and wife Heidi are partners in a collaborative farming venture ‘AgoodCo Farm’, a broadacre grain farm growing canola, wheat, barley and legumes. He is Managing Director in the operation with three brothers and partners. They also provide contract services, operate a grain freight business and manufacture products to improve farm safety and efficiency. A 2010 Scholar, David studied responsible pesticide application to maximise uptake and minimise losses. In 2012, David completed the Worshipful Company of Farmers (WCF) Advanced Agricultural Business Management course in the UK. David also serves on the Lockhart Ag Bureau and the Osborne Fire Brigade Local Committees in Executive positions and is a member of the SMARTtrain Advisory Committee.

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Jane Bennett

Jane Bennett is the MD and CEO of ASX listed company TasFoods Ltd. Jane has over 20 years of experience in vertically integrated food businesses working in the UK and Tasmania. She has experience in regional provenance branding serving for over ten years on the Brand Tasmania Council and six years as Chair of the Tasmanian Food Industry Council. In 2008 Jane studied the role of regionality in the marketing and branding of food for her scholarship. Jane has worked as a Non Executive Director in a number of companies that currently include Food Innovation Australia. Previous board positions include the ABC,  CSIRO, Tasmanian Ports Corporation, Van Diemen’s Land Company and Australian Farm Institute. Jane was named 2010 Tasmanian Telstra Business Woman of the Year, 1997 Australian ABC Rural Woman of the Year, 1998 Regional Development winner in the Young Australian of the Year Award and 1994 Tasmanian Rural Achiever of the Year.

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Donald McGauchie, AO

Donald McGauchie was appointed to the Nuffield Board in 2013 as a special skills external Director. Donald is Chairman of Nufarm Limited, the Australian Agricultural Co (AACo) and the Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA). His previous roles with public companies include Chairman of Telstra, Deputy Chairman of Ridley Corporation, Director of National Foods, Chairman of Woolstock, Chairman of the Victorian Rural Finance Corporation (statutory corporation), and also President of the National Farmers Federation. During 2011 he retired as a member of the Reserve Bank Board. In 2001 Donald was named the Rabobank Agribusiness Leader of the Year, was later awarded the Centenary Medal for services to Australian society through agriculture and business. In 2004, Donald was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.

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Brian McAlpine

Brian was appointed to the Nuffield Board in October 2021, and is a 2003 Nuffield Scholar and grain farmer from Latham in Western Australia’s north-east. He is a past President of the Liebe Group and a past Councillor of the Dalwallinu Shire. Brian has completed a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).Brian was elected as a Director of the CBH Group Board in February 2012 and has sat on their Workplace Health and Safety Committee, Network and Engineering Committee and Audit and Risk Management Committee. He brings extensive board experience to his role at Nuffield.

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Kara Knudsen

Kara is a 2013 Scholar with a beef cattle operation in Queensland. She is also Director of Chinchilla Vet Services. Kara studied accelerating genetic progression in the Northern Australian beef herd and role with Nuffield has been extensive. She was part of a taskforce developing the strategic plans in 2014-19 and 2020-25. She was Sponsorship Manager for the 2019 National Conference, has sat on the Programs Committee and participated in State and National Selections. Kara has also completed the Worshipful Company of Farmers (WCF) Advanced Agribusiness course and the Australian Institute of Directors (AICD) course. She also sat on the Red Meat MOU Review Taskforce in 2019. She wants to help achieve the strategic direction of Nuffield and keep the organisation blazing a trail of innovation and change in Australian agriculture.


Damien Smart

Damien was elected to the board in 2018. He and his wife Jess, along with his family, run a mixed farming business in the South East and Fleurieu Peninsula regions of South Australia. Production includes cropping, hay, irrigated fodder and pasture seeds, wool, lambs, cattle and vineyards. Damien has served as secretary and chairman of the Nuffield SA branch, was on a sub-committee for the 2011 Nuffield International Conference and sat on the national relationships committee.  He has also been involved in state and national selection panels. Damien was awarded his scholarship in 2007 and studied water use efficiency and prescription livestock feeding. Locally, he has been heavily involved in sporting bodies as a player, administrator and coach over many years.