Northern Panel

The panels ensure our investments are in the best interests of our growers and deliver impact to each grain-growing region.

If you would like to contact the Northern Panel, please call 07 4571 4800 or email


Find out more about the northern region.

Panel Members


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John Minogue, Panel Chair

Barmedman, New South Wales

John Minogue runs a mixed broadacre farming business and an agricultural consultancy, Agriculture and General Consulting at Barmedman in south-west NSW. John is chair of the district council of the NSW Farmers’ Association, sits on the grains committee of NSW Farmers’ Association and is a winner of the Central West Conservation Farmer of the Year award. His vast agricultural experience in central west NSW has given him a valuable insight into the long-term grains industry challenges.

+61 428 763 023


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Arthur Gearon, Deputy Chair

Chinchilla, Queensland

Arthur is a grain, cotton and beef producer near Chinchilla, Queensland. He has a business degree from the Queensland University of Technology in international business and management and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course. He is a previous vice-president of AgForce Grains and has an extensive industry network throughout Queensland. Arthur believes technology and the ability to apply it across industry will be the key driver for economic growth in the grains industry.

+61 427 016 658


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Roy Hamilton

Rand, New South Wales

Roy Hamilton operates a 4400 ha mixed family farming enterprise near Rand in NSW’s Riverina with this wife Leanne, son Sandy and daughter in-law Sara. He was an early adopter of minimum till practices and direct drill and press wheel technology and is currently running CTF on 12m 3-1. The majority of the property (80%) is cropped with wheat, canola, barley, triticale, faba beans, while the remainder under pasture which runs 1400 ewes and trade lambs. He has held roles on the south east NSW Regional Advisory Committee, the GRDC’s southern region Regional Cropping Solutions Network and was a founding committee member of the Riverine Plains farming systems group.

+61 428 691 651


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Graham Spackman

Emerald, Queensland

Graham has been managing director of a private agricultural consultancy in Emerald, Queensland, for the past 30 years. In this role he provided agronomic and farm business management advice in summer and winter crops in dryland and irrigated systems, in farming enterprises that range from broadacre to mixed grain and grazing. For two decades he participated in GRDC and Department of Primary Industries-funded farming systems research, development and extension projects, particularly in the areas of weed management, soil fertility and adaption of agronomic practices for Central Queensland conditions. Graham is a chartered member of Ag Institute Australia and an Australian Institute of Company Directors graduate. He was also a member of the CQ Research Advisory Committee for more than 10 years, including five years as the chair. He has recently retired but remains actively interested in RD&E particularly in CQ.

+61 407 156 306


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Bruce Watson

Parkes, New South Wales

Bruce and his family operate a grain growing business near Parkes, NSW, which produces a mixture of dryland winter cereals, pulses and oilseeds as well as summer dryland cereals and pulses on a 12m zero till CTF platform with full stubble retention. Bruce holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics from the University of Sydney and previously worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers in its Transfer Pricing practice. He is an active member of the grains industry and was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship in 2009. Bruce is interested in both transformational or blue sky research and ensuring that existing research delivers to growers to increase the profitability of their businesses.

+61 408 464 776


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Jo White

Toowoomba, Queensland

Jo has been based in the Wide Bay Burnett Region since 2017 and works as a private consultant while also running her own protected cropping horticultural operation. Prior to this, Jo was a researcher for over 15 years working for the Queensland Government and university institutions. She holds a PhD in sorghum plant pathology and has more than 10 years’ experience in delivering research for the broadacre summer crops plant pathology program based in Toowoomba. Jo has a keen interest in developing and delivering on-ground practical research solutions to growers which improve productivity and profitability of their farms.

+61 490 659 445


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Peter McKenzie

Quirindi, New South Wales

Peter operates a private agronomy consulting business based in Quirindi NSW where his focus is supporting growers to achieve high economic returns via best practice production management. Prior to operating independently, he was facilitator/agronomist for AgVance Farming group, a communications conduit between industry and growers. He is a passionate supporter of research and has been active in extending weed management research information to industry, is a former director of Conservation Farmers Inc., a former member of the North East Regional Advisory Committee and a participant in Northern Growers Alliance local research group on the Liverpool Plains.

+61 428 474 860


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Chris Clyne

Moree, NSW

Chris is a grain grower, who farms a broadacre property east of Moree, in northern New South Wales. His farming system rotation includes wheat, barley, chickpeas and sorghum. He has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney and worked as an investment banker in derivative structuring in Sydney and Hong Kong before returning home to the Australian grains industry. Chris believes in the potential to increase farm profitability through data-based decision-making. He is also a supporter of investigating and developing higher value grain markets in the northern region to provide profitable alternatives to traditional crops. Like many in the industry, Chris is an advocate of understanding and improving seasonal climate forecasting models and tools so they can be used to effectively guide on-farm decisions.

0428 657 065


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Georgina Pengilley

Tamworth, NSW

Originally from Tasmania where she was involved in her family’s 8500 ha irrigated and dryland mixed farming Georgina Pengilley understands agriculture at a grassroots level. Prior to moving to NSW in 2018 Georgina was Leader of Grains Research and Strategy and Senior Industry Development with the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture.Today she is a research leader with NSW Department of Primary Industries based in Tamworth. With a PhD in growing canola in low rainfall environments, Georgina currently oversees NSW DPI’s investment in chickpea and durum wheat breeding, pulse and cereal quality and post-entry quarantine programs.

0447 112 916


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Adam Tomlinson

Orange, NSW

Raised on a grain property near Moree in north western NSW, Adam obtained a Bachelor in Applied Science Crops and Rangelands, before gaining his postgraduate qualifications in agribusiness. He has worked in the agribusiness sector for twenty years. During this time he has held senior positions in banking and agricultural research and advisory roles within Australia and internationally. He is now based in Orange where he works in the finance sector and has a small scale farming operation. Adam’s expertise lies in providing strategic guidance to support the profitability and sustainable growth of a broad range of agribusinesses.

0434 607 235


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Ken Young

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Ken is the GRDC’s Acting General Manager of Crop Protection, Biosecurity and Regulation. In this position he oversees investment by Australian grain growers into managing biotic threats and developing new management opportunities. Ken has extensive experience in crop protection having worked with the Australia Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), as an agronomy lecturer at the University of Melbourne and as a crop weeds agronomist in NSW, NT and Tasmania.

+61 477 705 488