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.

Tony Randall, newly appointed Knowledge Broker

Tony Randall

Knowledge Broker

Tony Randall has more than 20 years of experience working within agricultural and natural resources management industries in South Australia and the Northern Territory. Tony has worked extensively in the not-for-profit sector as both a project officer and in leadership and management roles.

Tony works closely with the SA Drought Hub, a dynamic network of primary producers, industry groups, researchers, government agencies, universities, agribusiness, traditional owners, and others to work towards a common vision to strengthen the drought resilience and preparedness of our farms and regional communities in South Australia.

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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 6+ 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.

Ag Excellence Meg Bell

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.

David Evans FD

David Evans

Committee Member

Farmers Business Network SA Account Executive, David Evans, lives and breathes agriculture and agribusiness. With just shy of 40 years of experience in the industry he has a thorough understanding of farm management as a grazier himself. His experience in grain marketing, broad acre practices, livestock and farm business management coupled with his advocacy in the South Australian grain industry holds him in great stead as a trusted Account Executive.

Naomi Scholz, AIR EP Executive Officer & newly appointed Ag Excellence committee member

Naomi Scholz

Committee Member

Naomi brings a wealth of experience in RD&E project management having spent more than a decade with SARDI at the Minnipa Agricultural Centre. Leading projects during this time included the Dryland Legume Pasture Systems project and the Stubble initiative.

Most recently she was appointed as Executive Officer of newly formed Ag Innovation & Research Eyre Peninsula (AIR EP). An amalgamation of Eyre Peninsula Agricultural Research Foundation (EPARF) and Lower Eyre Agriculture Development Association (LEADA), AIR EP represents the entire region playing an integral role in the planning and delivery of independent RD&E.

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