Bert Glover is the managing director of Impact Ag Partners. Impact Ag specialises in agricultural asset management on behalf of international and domestic investors that have over $150m AUD Australian based rural property assets.
Bert is a co-founder of Maia Technology which develops precision ag software solutions for the livestock sector with a focus on decision support, data capture and its utilisation.
Anita is a partner in The Hill Pastoral Co with her husband, Bruce, growing merino sheep and angus cattle. She is a Chartered Accountant, having spent over 20 years in public practice and is an experienced company director and chairperson, with mediation, psychology and governance qualifications.
As well as being co-chair and founder for Australian Ethical Merino Growers Co-operative, she sits on the board of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, and is a co-founder of Red 8 Produce, an on-farm commercial mobile abattoir system. She’s previously served on financial, education, sports administration, agricultural and development boards, including community organisations, not-for-profits and public and listed companies.
Hugh Nivison is the Managing Director of the Agricultural Business Research Institute (ABRI) in Armidale NSW. Employing some 70 staff, ABRI produces a range of high-quality agribusiness information services and technology-driven products to meet the diverse needs of clients in the Australian and international livestock industries.
Hugh is also a fifth-generation wool and cattle producer from Walcha NSW, where his emphasis has been on measuring the performance of all parts of the business, particularly the genetic and productive value of the livestock, and the financial performance of the business. He has previously acted as an investment advisor to global agricultural investment funds; identifying and acquiring assets including due diligence, strategic & business plan evaluation and operational advice on agricultural investments in Australia and internationally. He has served on numerous industry organisations and remains Chair of the Australian Farmers’ Fighting Fund.
With a degree in Veterinary Science and appointed an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science, Hugh is also a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program.
Lou Conway is the Director of the University of New England SMART Region Incubator (SRI) which supports start-up companies based in the New England North West region to bring to market agtech and other solutions. Lou has worked in various roles in agribusiness, higher education and human service delivery having completed a PhD in regional development governance. Lou is committed to working with rural communities to capture opportunities through innovation and collaboration. Lou is a Director of the New England Regional Art Museum and also operates in a family-owned cattle enterprise.
Susan Cull has thirty-five years’ experience in development and management of ICT International, a role she has shared with her husband Dr Peter Cull. Combined they have developed ICT International into a world-class export focused technology company which designs, manufactures and deploys bespoke, integrated, wireless monitoring solutions for commercial agriculture, and for scientific research in the natural and built environment.
In 2006 ICT International commenced an R&D program, the company dedicating 16-20% of its annual turnover to development of product. This has produced a family of unique digital instruments for monitoring of plant, soil and environmental parameters. These are now exported to over 55 countries annually, from its regional base, Armidale.
Working in partnership with her husband, Susan has over a ten-year period managed all aspects of this R&D program including technical scoping and product design, developing engineering capability, building team manufacturing and testing skills, recruiting and building team engagement, developing product brand and marketing.
Graeme Hollis is an agribusiness executive with over 25 years’ experience in the production and marketing of food and fibre across Australia and internationally.
Graeme’s career has spanned many sectors including, dairy, livestock, wine, grains, cotton as well as the agribusiness banking sectors. Organisations such as; Hassall & Associates, Tyrrells Wines, Dairy Farmers (now Lion), Auscott Limited and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia have all benefited from Graeme’s deep understanding of the critical factors that drive success in Australian agribusiness.
Chris Celovic has over 25 years of developing innovation in business, government and NFP sector. His extensive professional experience has been honed in high pressure, multi-disciplinary environments.
His recent work in senior positions has been in the NSW Department of Industry, including Local Land Services, Department of Primary Industry, International Trade and Investment, and Jobs for NSW. He serves as Chair of the New England Defence Reserves Support Committee and is committed to veterans support.
He is strategic by nature and a keen business tactician. Loyalty and a commitment to lifelong learning are highly ranked in his personal attributes. He is at his best when he is part of a like-minded team anchored in a dynamic supportive environment.