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Members' Council

The Members’ Council is the supreme consultative forum for the National Farmers' Federation (NFF).

Made up of all members, including state farming organisations, commodity councils and Associate Members, representatives are appointed by their respective organisations.

The Members’ Council elects the Directors and officeholders (President and Vice-President) from nominations received from members, and determines:

  • the key priorities for the NFF’s Strategic Plan;
  • elects Committee chairs;
  • receives the budgets and financial reports;
  • determines policy on issues or positions that are outside of the guidance previously agreed; and
  • generally undertakes all functions and powers normally exercised by members or shareholders under the Corporations Act.

The Member's Council formally meets three times a year to discuss and formulate NFF policy. Several special meetings may also take place as needs arise.

Members' Council Representatives

Brent Finlay - President, National Farmers' Federation, Chair, NFF Trade Committee
Fiona Simson - Vice President, National Farmers' Federation
Grant Maudsley - President, AgForce Queensland, NFF Board Member
Duncan Bremner - CEO, Animal Medicines Australia
Derek Schoen - President, NSW Farmers Association
Paul Schembri - Chairman, CANEGROWERS
Gary Sansom - EO, Australian Chicken Growers' Council
Simone Jolliffe - Chairman, Australian Dairy Farmers
Andy Madigan - CEO, Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association
Simon Crean - Chairman, Australian Livestock Exporters' Council
Andrew Spencer - CEO, Australian Pork Ltd
Dr Roberts Johnson - President, Australian Veterinary Association
Jodie Goldsworthy - Director, Beechworth Honey Pty Ltd
Howard Smith - President, Cattle Council of Australia
John McKillop - Nominated Representative, Corporate Agricultural Group
Simon Corish - Chairman, Cotton Australia, Chair, Agriculture and Community Committee
Mark King - President, Dried Fruits Australia
Rebecca Gowen - Vice-Chair, Future Farmers Network
Rick Gates - President, Goat Industry Council of Australia
John Eastburn - Chairman, GrainGrowers Ltd
Tom Stockwell - President, Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association
Richard Stott - Chairman, NSW Irrigators' Council
Chris Wilhelm - President, Pastoralists’ Association of West Darling
Keith Rice - CEO, Primary Employers Tasmania
Jeremy Morton - President, Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia, Chair, Water Taskforce
Wayne Johnston - President, Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association
Peter Tuohey - President, Victorian Farmers Federation
Dale Park - President, WAFarmers
Richard Halliday - President, WoolProducers Australia
Ross Hampton - CEO, Australian Forest Products Association
Andrew Finlay - Chairman, Summerfruit Australia
Ron Cullen - Chair, Biosecurity Taskforce
Charlie Armstrong - Chair, People and Workforce Committee
Gerald Leach - Chair, Natural Resources Committee
David Jochinke - NFF Board Director, Chair, Competitiveness Committee
Amy Fay - Chair, Innovation Committee
Mark King Chair, Drought Taskforce
Chris Groves - Chair, Animal Welfare Taskforce
Reg Kidd - Chair, AgVet Chemicals Taskforce

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