Meet Our Team

The Ag Excellence Committee

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Leet Wilksch

Chair

Leet is a researcher and Ag Technologist with a focus on integrating new data technology into farming businesses. After spending 14 years at Landmark as a research agronomist managing multiple trial sites, he started his business AGBYTE.

Leet has also enjoyed over 15 years of experience within the South Australian grower group network and he is an ardent advocate for Ag Ex and the broader industry.  He has a passion for food and energy self-sufficiency on the small farm he resides at with his family.

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Natalie Sommerville

Vice Chair

Natalie has been working in the agricultural industry for all her life and more recently a professional career spanning 20 years in the broadacre cropping and livestock industry. She now manages a farming business Windjara Ag near Spalding, SA with her husband Dane and 2 children on Ngadjuri country. Her passions are helping others learn, develop their leadership potential, protecting what’s left of our precious country and farming sustainably in a way that minimises the impact on land and waters we have borrowed.

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Mark Stanley

Executive Officer

Mark operates Regional Connections, which was established in 2012 and provides professional services across regional Australia in the development, management and delivery of projects with a focus on natural resource management, climate change planning and adaptation and sustainable agriculture. Mark has had a long history in working with established networks in government, R&D organisations, universities, farmer groups and NRM organisations, and has provided strategic executive support to the Ag Excellence Alliance for the past 10 years.

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Emma McInerney

Regional Agricultural Landcare Facilitator

As the Northern and Yorke Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator, Emma is constantly engaged with landholders and groups interested in ideas, projects and funding to improve understanding and adoption of sustainable agriculture. Emma has 20 years experience in the ag sector both in Australia and overseas and is passionate about addressing the impact and opportunities of food production systems in a globalised world. Emma is based in Clare and works with organisations, including farming systems and landcare groups.

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Kerry Stockman

Administration Manager

Kerry has been a part of the Ag Ex team for 5+ years. Based on the family farm near Burra, she has experienced first-hand the challenges facing farmers and the broader industry. Integral to the operations of Ag Ex, Kerry also brings a wealth of knowledge in regional marketing and event planning, being responsible for coordinating the highly valued Annual Ag Excellence Forum and Awards.

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Brett Bartel

Committee Member

Brett is a Director in the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) and represents the agency on the Ag Excellence committee.

In his role at PIRSA Brett leads PIRSA's bushfire, drought, and other adverse event/disaster recovery programs. He also has responsibilities in the areas of climate change, natural resources management and agriculture extension.

Brett has been working agriculture extension field for over 20 years and has an in-depth understanding of regional Australia and strives to create sustainable regions by bridging the interface between industries and stakeholders.

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Meg Bell

Committee Member

Meg is the CEO of MacKillop Farm Management Group, as well as operating Coleraine Livestock Consulting, a livestock consulting and veterinary business, based in Coleraine in Victoria. Meg has been with MFMG for almost 3 years, and has been part of the Ag Ex Committee for almost 2 years.

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David Evans

Committee Member

In his role as SA Regional Coordinator with national grower body GrainGrowers, David liaises with grain farmers about current farming issues across the state and travels extensively each week to meet with growers where they farm. He joined the GrainGrowers team in 2014 and comes from a farming background with considerable sales and marketing experience across agricultural industries including livestock, rural property, viticulture and grain marketing. He has a broad base of farming and agribusiness contacts across Australia and believes farmers should never stop learning.

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Trent Potter

Committee Member

Trent is Director of Yeruga Crop Research based in the south-east of South Australia. Trent has worked in this space for almost a decade following a lengthy career in research at SARDI. Also during this time he undertook the cropping trial program for Mackillop Farm Management Group, as well sitting on the board for several years. A growing passion for the farming system network saw Trent volunteer firstly on the committee and then as Chair of Ag Ex for 5 years and again as committee member since.

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Tony Randall

Committee Member

Tony brings a broad range of experience working across the agricultural and natural resources sectors for private, NGO and government organisations. An advocate for sustainable soil management, Tony is passionate about working with farmers and communities to find practical solutions to soil and land issues that impact upon environmental quality, resilience, and the profitability of soils and farming systems in South Australia.