Our Board of Directors

Anika Molesworth

Anika splits her life between her family’s arid outback sheep station in Far Western NSW, her PhD crop trials in central NSW, and lush green rice paddies in Southeast Asia working as a researcher in international agricultural development. She was awarded the 2015 Young Farmer of the Year, 2017 NSW Finalist for Young Australian of the Year, and most recently the NSW Young Achiever Award for Environment and Sustainability. Anika is a passionate advocate for sustainable farming, environmental conservation and climate change action. She helped form Farmers for Climate Action, and connects land managers to researchers through her platform Climate Wise Agriculture in order to build resilience into farming communities. She is also keenly interested in the conservation of natural and cultural heritage in farming communities and manages the International National Trusts Organisation’s Sustainable Farms program. Anika is also a keen speaker and educator on the balance of rural landscapes; including natural resources, and human and economic factors that affect agricultural sustainability. Her national and international presentations have included stages at science research conferences and the UN Paris COP21 climate meeting. She encourages her audiences to look past the status quo, to have critical and creative perspectives, and hopes to inspire others to seek excellence in environmental and agricultural work.

Josh Gilbert

Josh is a young farmer and climate advocate, with a passion for his aboriginal and agricultural heritage. Josh has been recognised for this agricultural and climate change advocacy, being selected for and receiving many awards throughout 2015. These include selection in the Pro Bono Australia’s Impact 25 most influential people in the not for profit sector, leading the NSW young farmers climate change motion at the NSW Farmers Annual Conference, and attending Paris for the COP21 and the Conference of Youth.

Peter Holding

Peter is a third-generation farmer in south east NSW, growing crops such as canola and wheat, as well as running sheep for wool. Peter is also a member of the Climate Kelpie – a central location for farmers after practical information and tools with which to manage climate change risk and impacts. Peter has an extensive knowledge and first hand experience with the strategies farmers can use to manage and adapt to climate change.

Jon Wright

Jon is a seedstock and commercial beef producer from Cowra, in Central NSW. He breeds composite cattle and is passionate about improving efficiency and productivity within the beef industry. In recognising the contribution of the beef industry to overall emissions, Jon wants to support and encourage the industry to adapt their practices to ensure both the industry and the environment have a viable future.

Robin Gunning

Dr Robin Gunning is a world authority on insecticide resistance, recently retiring from Principal Research Scientist with the NSW Department of Primary Industries. Robin’s work has resulted in major advances, with international patents and awards including the Churchill Fellowship. Concerned about rural community disbelief in climate change and the effects on agriculture, Robin joined the Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, giving presentations to raise the profile of climate issues in her area and with politicians.

Kirrily Blomfield

Kirrily is a farm business owner/manager and director interested in regenerative land management. Kirrily practices and promotes regenerative agriculture in the farm business she owns and manages on the Liverpool Plains with her husband Derek. They produce and market their own chemical free, 100% grassfed beef under the brand ‘The Conscious Farmer’. They manage their land using Holistic Management principles and were awarded NSW Farmer of the Year in 2014 for their sustainable and innovative approach to their business. Kirrily is also a director with Holistic Management International (HMI) - a not for profit organisation that has educated over 50,000 people in 130 countries in whole farm planning for sustainable environmental, economic and social benefits. She is president of SOS Liverpool Plains, a women’s group concerned with protecting the water, communities, farmland, soils and health of the people of the Liverpool Plains region from inappropriate mining of coal and coal seam gas. As part of a wider 10 year campaign, this has resulted in the Government buy back of a BHP coal exploration license and the stalling of both coal and coal seam gas projects in the region. Kirrily’s passion for food production, the land and environment have led her to her role as director with Farmers for Climate Change where she is helping to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change and encourage solutions to the same.

Anna Rose

Anna Rose is an Innovation Fellow with one of Australia’s major philanthropic funds, the Myer Foundation. Anna previously co-founded the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, a movement of over 120,000 young people. Anna is author of Madlands: A Journey to Change the Mind of a Climate Sceptic, and co-starred in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s documentary I Can Change Your Mind on Climate Change. Anna is a Director of Solar Citizens, Green Music Australia, the Australian Geographic Society, the Aussie Farmers Foundation and the University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute. She is the Australian Geographic Society's Conservationist of the Year 2015. She has farming heritage from the Hunter Valley and North-West NSW.

Charlie Prell

Charlie Prell is a fourth generation family farmer from Crookwell in NSW. He has managed the family farm for over 30 years, focusing on breeding sheep. He was a councilor on the inaugural Upper Lachlan Shire Council from 2004 to 2008. He was a director on the Goulburn Rural Lands Protection Board from 1996 to 2006, chair of the Board for three years (2002-2004). He is one of three farmers under the proposed Crookwell 2 wind farm. He has had 15 years of experience in renewables, focusing on wind farms. He is a strong public advocate for the benefits wind farms can bring to small rural communities. He is an advocate for an inclusive “benefit sharing” model for wind farm developments rather than the current development model most frequently used in Australia. He was instrumental in the formation of the group known as the Regional Renewables Alliance (RRA). The threat of climate change is a very important issue for him. He has been a strong voice for action on climate change in rural Australia for many years. In July 2014 he accepted a position as a regional organiser with the Australian Wind Alliance, and continues in this part time position today. He has worked on the steering committee for Farmers for Climate Action as co-chair for the past two years.

Lucinda Corrigan

Growing up in Western NSW, Lucinda now runs a large multi-property cattle genetics enterprise with her husband in the Murray Valley, east of Albury. Lucinda’s leadership on climate change adaption in the grazing industry was recognised by the National Climate Change and Research facility, being named the 2012 Climate Adaption Champion. To accompany this, Lucinda is also the Director or Chair of multiple Organisations and Councils, including the Commissioner of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.