West Midlands Staff

Anne Wilkins
Executive Officer

Tel: (08) 9651 4008
Fax: (08) 9651 4107
Mob: 0438 924 208
Email: anne.wilkins@wmgroup.org.au

Anne has 24 years experience in the agricultural industry both in the private & public sectors. She has 10 years experience in agronomy in Qld, NSW & Victoria, & 10 years experience in grains industry development at the Department of Agriculture & Food WA. Anne has a Master of Business (Agribusiness) from Monash University in Melbourne, a Post Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Economics from the University of New England in Armidale NSW, & a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from La Trobe University in Melbourne.

 
Shae Butler

Shae Butler
Office
 Manager

Tel:  (08) 9651 4008
Fax: (08) 9651 4107
Mob: 0409 889 501
Email: shae.butler@wmgroup.org.au

Shae has 15 years experience in mining in various administration roles. She has a Diploma in Human Resources and Business Management, Certificate 1v in Training and Assessment and Certificate 1V in Dental Nursing. She is a local to Dandaragan and grew up in Kojonup where Shae gained an agricultural background working in a laboratory and farm setting with a veterinarian.

 

Chris Wilkins 
R and D Coordinator
 – Synergy Consulting

Mob: 0427 940 925
Email: cwilkins@wmgroup.org.au

Chris Wilkins, WMG R & D Coordinator, B.Sc.(Agric.), Grad. Dip. Bus. Admin., MACID. Based in Badgingarra, Chris is an agronomic & agribusiness advisor who has 25 years of experience in WA’s agricultural industry, including offering farm business, agronomy, farming systems & crop protection advice through his Vision Agribusiness Services company for the past 16 years. Chris is also a Director of one of the State’s leading agricultural consultancy businesses, Synergy Consulting WA; a member of GRDC’s Western Panel; the Chairman of the Council of Grain Grower Organisations Ltd (COGGO) & a member of WA Agriculture Minister Ken Baston’s Ministerial Agricultural Advisory Council.

 

Nathan Craig  
Research Agronomist
 – Synergy Consulting

Mob: 0417 837 160
Email: ncraig@wmgroup.org.au

Nathan Craig hails from a family farm in Western Victoria where he spent the first seven years of his career as farm manager on their mixed enterprise (sheep and crop) farm. He has a strong background in annual & perennial pasture management, livestock production as well as the development of a cropping enterprise that worked synergistically with the pasture system. Nathan has recently completed a PhD at UWA on “Plant available nitrogen in monoculture wheat under long-term no tillage”. Nathan works along side WMG R&D Coordinator, Chris Wilkins in managing the cropping trial program.

 
 

Gina Micke
Livestock Production & Innovation Manager

Mob: 0428 385 294
Email: gina.micke@wmgroup.org.au

Gina qualified with honours as a veterinarian from Murdoch University in 1998 and has since worked in NSW, QLD, WA and the UK. She obtained a Masters of Veterinary Studies in sheep and beef production from UQ that included a project on the effects of cell grazing on perennial pastures. Subsequent to this she completed a PhD at UQ as part of a collaborative project with UniSA, University of Adelaide, UNE and UWA in the nutritional fetal programming of beef cattle. This work was largely funded by MLA and AACo and focused on the effects of heifer protein intake on carcass characteristics and the insulin-like growth factor system of the progeny. The results have been published in internationally recognised peer reviewed scientific journals and presented at both local and international conferences. She has applied her animal production knowledge to corporate agribusiness roles in WA and has achieved success managing her own veterinary business.

 

Courtney Martino
Mixed Farming Project Officer

Mob: 0429 136 780
Email: courtney.martino@wmgroup.org.au

Courtney is a recent graduate from Murdoch University with a Bachelor Degree in Animal Science and a minor in economics. She has completed an honours project researching the role of restricted supplement feeding of pasture fed cattle during periods of pasture decline to reduce the incidence of dark cutting. Courtney is now a Dandaragan local and is looking forward to learning more about farming practices in the West Midalnds Region.

 

Carolina Brander
Agribusiness Development Manager

Mob: 0416 954 076
Email: carolina.brander@wmgroup.org.au

Carolina has extensive experience in marketing and corporate communications. She has a Master of Science in Sustainability Management and a Bachelor of Journalism. Carolina is looking forward to sharing her expertise in business, marketing and community engagement through the Northern Valleys Agribusiness project.

 

Michelle Ellyard
Finance Manager

Tel:  (08) 9651 4008
Fax: (08) 9651 4107
Mob: 0427 447 412
Email: finance@wmgroup.org.au

Michelle resides in Muchea with her husband and 2 teenage children. Michelle started bookkeeping in Perth with Australian Revegetation Corporation in 1987 and worked with them for 8 years. She is a Certified MYOB consultant, professional Bookkeeper and holds a BAS Agent license and Certificate 1V in Financial Services majoring in Accounting.

 

Image One Resized_V2Jennifer Bairstow
Website Officer
 

Email: jennifer@wmgroup.org.au

Jennifer has 11 years experience in the agricultural industry. Prior to becoming the Communications Officer, Jennifer spent time in the natural resource management sector working with community groups. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences) from Edith Cowan University and a Post Graduate Certificate (Landcare) from Curtin University, Perth WA.

 

billDr Bill Bowden
Soils R&D Ambassador

Dr Bill Bowden has 40 year’s of experience with plant and soil research, development and extension with DAFWA. He has a BSc(Agric) (UWA 1965) and a PhD soil chemistry. Bill has been awarded the Reserve Bank fellowship on fertiliser dissolution, placement and effectiveness, Donald medallist and GRDC Seed of Light award. Bill has spent his career developing soil fertility and fertiliser recommendation systems for crops and pastures in WA. He has also been involved with yield potential, subsoil constraints, precision agriculture and diagnostic systems work.

 

 

Bryon Micke
Livestock R&D Ambassador

Dr Bryon Micke has 40 year’s of experience as a veterinarian in the Western Midlands with a special interest in on-farm animal production. He is also the owner of a property in the region and has a self-replacing merino ewe flock.

 

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