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Chair – Charles Armstrong
Charlie gained a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Economics) from Sydney University before returning to the family farm at Nyngan, NSW. The farm has been in the family for over 140 years and is now managed by Charlie’s son and his wife.
It is 11,400 ha, growing 11,000 merino sheep and 2,000ha of wheat and oats.
Charlie has been actively involved in agricultural representation for many years, through NSW Farmers (President), NFF, The Wool Council of Australia (President), The Wool Research and Development Corporation, The Australian Wool Testing Authority, and Wool International, and currently Chairman of FarmSafe Australia.
Deputy Chair – Mike Norton OAM FAICD
I operate in partnership with my wife and two sons a beef, dairy, feed grain, sheep and wool enterprise in the south west of WA.
Deputy Chair Farmsafe Australia, Past President of WA Farmers WA, two terms Vice President of Cattle Council of Australia, Foundation board member WA Meat Marketing CO-OP, Six years chairman of Safe Farms WA currently Vice Chairman Safe Farms WA.
Currently board member of WA Farmers, chairman NLIS WA advisory committee, board member of WA Beef industry funding management committee. Several other community committees.
Secretary/Treasurer – Robyn Gulline
Representing the VFF on FarmSafe Australia, I am a mixed grain and sheep farmer from the Victorian Wimmera.
Safety is a high priority in all our farm activities. It is imperative that my family members and staff go home at the end of each day in the same state that they arrived.
Public Officer – Ben Rogers
Ben Rogers joined the NFF team in June 2017 bringing his experience in workplace relations and law to the role of General Manager, Workplace Relations and Legal Affairs.
Ben comes with a wealth of experience in the Industrial Relations/Workplace Relations area as Principal Solicitor in the ACT Government, and previously with Comcare and private legal practices in New South Wales.
Andrew is a well-known leader within the health and safety space, having worked for over 14 years with the intent to make working lives safer and healthier. Tertiary qualified in health and safety at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, Andrew bridges the gap between what health and safety theoretically looks like, and what it is in practice.
With strong leadership skills and a track record of large health and safety change management in companies like NBN, Andrew is also an entrepreneur and innovator of products and services in leadership and capability development. He is known as a connector of ideas and people.
Andrew is a sought-after international speaker, globally acclaimed podcast host, and is trusted by some of Australia’s largest and highest risk companies to provide strategic advice and support the development of effective health and safety leadership capabilities. He has worked across diverse industries with organisations including ARTC, Endeavour Energy, Queensland Urban Utilities, Downer, Barrack Gold, Deloitte, and the South Australian Government.
Andrew is passionately connected with his extended family's agricultural and fishing operations, spanning wine grapes, beef, broadacre grains & hay, cray, crab & oysters, sheep meat and wool. He lives in regional South Australia with his wife and six kids.
Kerri-Lynn is the Farm Safety Research Officer for AgHealth Australia (previously known as Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety), School of Rural Health, University of Sydney.
She has been working on health and safety programs and research in the agricultural and horticultural sectors since 2001. She is currently involved with monitoring all fatal and non-fatal incidents that occur in a rural setting and provides advice on farm safety, health and well-being to the broader farming community.
In addition operates a mixed cropping and livestock enterprise with her husband and two children, therefore recognises and acknowledges the necessity to enhance the safety and well-being of farming families.
Maree Gooch joined SafeFarms WA as the Executive Officer in 2015. SafeFarms WA began in 1994 – for farmers by farmers and is a Not For Profit organisation, providing tools, education and support to the WA agriculture industry about setting up safety systems and compliance with work health and safety legislation plus using and handling hazardous substances and chemicals, in particular for the agri-food sector.
Safe Farms WA has developed a comprehensive safety system that can be implemented immediately – with inductions, policies, guides and workplace procedures. Led by Maree, they deliver up to 25 face to face WHS workshops across Western Australia plus regular online training and webinars. The organisation provides education tools and support to industry groups and grower groups as well and the 14 farm schools and agriculture colleges located across WA plus lectures at both Curtin and Murdoch Universities with up to 300 students attending courses each year – first year, third year and Master Students.
Maree had a 25 year farming career across a variety of enterprises and three different locations. She has 30 years of work experience, working at executive levels in private business, public sector administration and policy development. Her particular strengths are in strategy, finance, governance and business transformation– specialising in agri-business and food production.
Maree holds and Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. She is a board member of AusChem Training (national) and Muresk Institute farm advisory board as well as a number of private businesses and not-for-profit boards and give her time generously to the community, including as a member of the Perth Rotary Club.
Dr Richard Franklin
Richard Franklin PhD, FPHAA, FARL , MSocSc (Health), BSc, GCertAustRurLeadership, GradCertEd, MACTM, is a pracademic who uses an evidence based approach to developing real world solutions to improving health, safety and wellbeing with a focus on health services, rural populations, those working in agriculture, disasters and drowning. He is an Associate Professor in Public Health and the Director for the World Safety Organization Collaborating Centre - Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion at James Cook University. He has worked in Public Health with a focus on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion since 1996. He has worked on projects in the areas of general injury prevention, farm safety, rural safety, workplace health and safety, health promotion, alcohol and aquatic safety. He has a PhD from the University of Sydney which explored injuries sustained due to farming and possible prevention strategies. Current project include barriers and facilitators to farm safety, child safety on farms, road safety, drowning prevention, benchmarking, quad bike safety, disaster resilience and ageing on farms.
Executive Officer – Stevi Howdle
Stevi was born and raised in Alberta, Canada and has been involved with cattle and quarter horses from a young age. She now owns property in NSW where she and her husband breed and train stock and quarter horses and run a successful farm contracting business.
Stevi received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Victoria in British Columbia prior to moving to Australia and has recently become a certified equine assisted learning practitioner.
Her professional background includes working in the social services sector, marketing, local government, and now farm advocacy.
Stevi came on board as Executive Officer for Farmsafe Australia in March 2020, taking on an ambitious three-year project to overhaul the branding and organisational structure, bringing Farmsafe into the modern era to serve Australian farmers better.
With a $1.9M funding injection from the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Farmsafe will be upgrading touchpoints, resources, and engagement strategies while seeking collaborative partnerships across the agricultural landscape to ensure Farmsafe is sustainable and actively increasing awareness of work health and safety risks well into the future.