Meet The Management Team
Chief Executive Officer
Jodie has been CEO since March 2019. Prior to this, Jodie held positions within the chicken industry, most recently as the President of the Australian Chicken Grower Council. Jodie was also President and Executive Officer for Qld Chicken Growers Association and sat on the Australian Chicken Meat Federation, the industry’s peak body. Jodie and husband Wayne operated a commercial broiler farm for 27 years before purchasing their dream property in Northern NSW, with an Angus breeder operation and agritourism venture. Jodie is a 2013 Scholar who focused on consumer perceptions and pressures facing the poultry industry. She has been Nuffield Qld State Chair, a member of the Programs Committee and foundation host of the Japan GFP, a passion of her's, marrying her ability to speak Japanese with her interest in continuous agricultural learning.
Program Operations Manager
Nicola is a 2006 UK Nuffield Scholar with a decade of experience from her career in the agri-food industry in the UK. A farmers’ daughter from Wales, Nicola was formerly the General Manager of the Welsh Meat Company.
She has lived in Australia since 2007 and was Senior Consultant for Currie Communications in Melbourne, where clients included Dairy Australia and Meat & Livestock Australia. She has also been the Executive Officer of Lucerne Australia, the peak industry body for the lucerne seed industry. Nicola has been in a communications and project management role with Nuffield Australia since 2010, and was the Event Manager for the 2011 Nuffield International Conference. She is a graduate of RMIT University (Melbourne) with a PR Certificate.
Events & Special Projects Officer
Tatum joined the Nuffield Australia team in August 2023, in the role of Events and Special Projects Officer. Tatum has immersed herself in agriculture all her life, with a passion for the Australian Beef Industry.
Daughter of Brendan Kersh, a 2003 Nuffield Scholar, Tatum has grown a thirst for knowledge and advancement in agriculture. Having spent many years on large scale cattle stations across the Gulf of Qld, she has held many roles from station hand, to fixed wing pilot, to administration. Tatum enjoys the challenges that Nuffield offers and looks forward to assisting scholars and alumni in every aspect
Executive Support Officer
Carol is a 1996 Zimbabwe Nuffield Scholar who has lived in Australia since 2002. Carol joined the Nuffield Australia management team in February 2022 with extensive experience in the livestock genetics industry, especially in the dairy and beef sectors. Her Nuffield Scholarship was focused on advancements in Artificial Insemination (AI) and Embryo Transfer technology. She was formerly General Manager for the National Herd Improvement Association of Australia (NHIA) which is the peak industry body for the livestock genetics sector. Carol enjoys many outdoor activities, as well as travelling and a good game of bridge!.
Chontell has worked at itravel Griffith since January 1997. She completed her certificate III in travel and tourism in 1996 and received the award for highest results. Since working at Jetset she has been awarded Top 20 Consultant Australian Wide for Contiki sales and has been awarded several positions on familiarisation trips due to high sales. Over the past few years, she has focused heavily on corporate travel, and manages numerous accounts both locally and interstate, as a result she specialises in fare construction. She has been assisting Nuffield with their travel arrangements since 2003 and enjoys the challenges it offers.
Sharee joined the Nuffield Australia team in August 2023 in the role of Finance Manager. As a Chartered Accountant, Sharee’s career has spanned Big 4 Accounting Firms, ASX Listed Companies in Australia and England, but feels most at home working with small business and not-for-profits in rural areas. In the last 15 years, Sharee’s family have ventured into the agriculture industry with the purchase of a small beef holding and has enjoyed the steep learning curve. She enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her family, reading and travel
Website Development & IT
Theo is an independent web developer and programmer who has been working with Nuffield since 2010. Responsible for the development and maintenance of Nuffield's IT. Theo’s professional career as a software and website developer started at the turn of the century, first working for a firm that produced products for large retail chains and advertising agencies before breaking out on his own nine years later. He now oversees websites and systems for customers over a variety of different industries including agricultural, medical, printing, clothing, construction and manufacturing.