Our Staff

Verity Morgan-Schmidt

Chief Executive Officer

Originally a farm girl from the sheep and wheat country of Western Australia, Verity is a former Executive Officer for Western Australian Farmers Federation. No stranger to advocating for agriculture’s interests in the political arena, Verity managed WAFF’s response to both the introduction of $1 milk and the live exports ban, rallying farmers and rural communities to make their voices heard. Verity previously worked for Elders Ltd, including a stint at the National Wool Selling Centre in Victoria. She is the former Executive Officer for Country Noosa, an organisation linking hinterland producers to coastal communities in South East Queensland. Verity holds a Master of Arts (Politics) in Sustainability and Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Politics and Global Studies.

Charlie Prell

Executive Officer

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 for the past two years.

Anna Rose

Strategic Projects

Anna Rose is an author and change-maker with a long family farming of history in the Hunter Valley, Liverpool Plains and North West Slopes regions of NSW. She 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 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.

Jess Lehmann

Office Volunteer

Jess recently won the 2017 Young Farming Champion award to represent the Australian Cotton Industry with the Picture You in Agriculture program. Raised as the daughter of one of the cotton industry’s most passionate and innovative men; Mr Chris Lehmann, who left a legacy of being the first independent cotton consultant in Australia. Jess has a genetic attraction to the rural environment. She grew up on the family farm at Narrabri and with her father’s words of support ringing in her ears Jess set on a path of innovation and agricultural research. Jess has been involved with research projects that deliver environmentally sustainable and ethical agriculture including a world first biologically based pesticide to support global food security called Sero-X® and topics that showed a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in ruminant animals.