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.

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.

Michael Kane

Queensland Coordinator

Michael grew up in southwest Queensland as the son of a cattleman and member of an extended family of primary producers from southern and central Queensland. He has family ties with landholders in the Galilee Basin. Michael is an experienced community organiser with over 20 years of experience. In recent years he has worked as an organiser for Solar Citizens in South Australia and as a key organiser in the fight against the Acland Coal mine expansion in southeast Queensland. He was an official objector in the successful land court action that recently overturned the approval to expand the mine. Michael also fought for landholders’ rights in southwest Queensland for many years with Lock the Gate and Clean Air Queensland, and as an environmental campaigner on the Darling Downs with the Toowoomba Environment Council.

Corey Watts

Victorian Coordinator

Corey grew up Western Australia where he studied wildlife biology and later did fieldwork on cropping and pastoral properties in WA, Queensland, and South Australia. He has since accumulated more than 20 years of experience in agri-environmental policy, advocacy, and science communication, including time with the Australian Conservation Foundation, the Climate Institute, and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He has served on several advisory bodies, including the Australian Landcare Council and the board of the Cooperative Research Centre for Dryland Salinity, Treasury Wine Estates’ expert reference group on sustainable wine, and was recently appointed to the Victorian Government’s Climate Change Advisory Panel. He has consulted to a variety of organisations, including the Center for International Forestry Research, the Investor Group on Climate Change, and Fairtrade ANZ, for which he wrote a report on the climate risks to global coffee. Having spent the last few years bouncing between the US, Peru, Java, and Sydney, Corey recently lay his swag down in the Yarra Valley.