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.

Richard McLellan

Having grown-up on a wheat-sheep, broadacre farm near Kellerberrin – in the heart of the WA Wheatbelt – Richard has maintained a life-long interest in sustainable agriculture and sustainable rural communities. He is currently the CEO of the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council – one of Australia’s regional Natural Resource Management organisations. He is the former lead on sustainable development at WWF International, including having served as the Editor-in-Chief of the 2016 edition of the Living Planet Report – which he ‘launched’ from the International Space Station, and editor of the ground-breaking publication The Energy Report – which outlined a global pathway for the world to transition to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050.

Richard is a keen student of climate change and its impacts on agriculture and environment – especially in his homeland in the Southwest Australia Biodiversity Hotspot. Richard has been globally recognised as an ‘influencer’ on the subject of climate change on Twitter – ranked at number 6 in the world in one study, and number 30 overall as a ‘Climate Change Connector’ in 2016 in another.  An experienced ecologist, conservationist, environmental and sustainable development program manager, Richard has enjoyed a varied working career encompassing conservation, communication and education – leading to now being primarily focused on community-based natural resource management, private land conservation, and sustainable development. He is a champion of the critical role that farmers have in sustainable land stewardship.

Angus Emmott

Angus Emmott is a third generation grazier, running Noonbah Station near Longreach in outback Queensland with his wife Karen. An expert in water management, he is former Chairman of the Lake Eyre Basin Community Advisory Committee and a former member of the  Great Artesian Basin Coordinating Committee, a government advisory body.  He is also a self taught naturalist fascinated by the flora and fauna of the Australian arid zone. In 2004 Angus was awarded an honorary masters of science degree by the University of central Queensland.

Brett Hall

 

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.

Christie Kingston

Christie helps her husband Anthony run their mixed cropping and merino wool farm in Goomalling, within WA’s Noongar country – a global biodiversity hotspot. Christie is a mum, community volunteer, landcarer, bookworm, and instructional designer with qualifications in sustainability, training and assessment, IT and multimedia; she also attended training in local government for elected members when she was an independent local government councillor. As an FCA volunteer Christie was part of the farmer delegation to Canberra in November 2016 and represents FCA in Western Australia. Christie is inspired by people’s visions and efforts to build lifestyles in country areas that protect and enhance natural assets while increasing well-being.