I have enjoyed a long and rewarding career in agriculture, joining the family farm at Cummins in 1979.
I am particularly passionate about the environment, undertaking many on-ground works on the family property over the years.
My leadership roles on various industry boards have provided me with the tools needed to mediate between government and industry groups.
These roles include South Australian Farmers Federation (now known as Primary Producers SA) Grains Council Chairman in 2008, Grains Council member from 2003-2005 and Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management Board Member from 2005-2008, I was also a founding member and past chairman of the Edilillie Landcare Group, and was a past member of the Cummins/Wanilla Catchment Management Group, the Nuffield Australia Board of Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
I was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship in 2002, enabling me to travel extensively, and research value-adding opportunities for Australian grain, and grain industry structures.
As a board member of Nuffield Australia, I have helped manage a world-wide scholarship program that facilitates young farmers to study and travel overseas.
An experienced chairman and presenter, I have given presentations in Canada in 2005 and China in 2008, as well as to many local conferences.
Local Community Involvement
Closer to home, I have been heavily involved in the Cummins community, particularly the Rambler Football Club of which I am a Life Member, and past president, secretary and player.
I have held a variety of roles during my time as the Member for Flinders, including being the Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Veterans Affairs and Volunteers, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Opposition Leader and the Opposition Whip. Currently I am the Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees.
I am proud to be a patron of the Mortlock Shield, Port Lincoln City Band, Mentoring EP, the Cummins A & H Show, the Cleve A & H Show and the Wudinna and Le Hunte AH&F Show. I am also a member of a variety of local organisations, including: The Port Lincoln Caledonian Society, the National Trust, the Eyre Branch of the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association, the Port Lincoln Arts Council, the Royal Geographical Society of SA, the West Coast Youth and Community Support Inc, the Port Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Rural Media SA, the Eyre Peninsula Railway Preservation Society and the Port Lincoln Racing Club.
I am married to wife Annette, and reside on the family farm at Edillilie with our four children.