Board members

Andrew McFadyen- Chairman & Eastern Grower representative

Andrew hails from a family farm at Lake Cargelligo in New South Wales when his family still farms to this current day. Andrew has been professionally involved in the grains industry for over 20 years based in the Coolah District of NSW and more recently in the Lake Cargelligo region. 

After graduating from UWS Hawkesbury in 1998 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in System Agriculture I took up an agronomy position at Haynes Farms Supplies CRT in Coolah. In 2001 he took on the position of Agronomist/Cropping Manager for Paspaley Pearls Properties based at Kurrajong Park Coolah. The role evolved where he was the position of 2IC to the general manager of the Paspaley Rural Group of Properties. 

More recently Andrew has returned to Lake Cargelligo and started an agronomic consulting business, servicing local growers as well as dealing with large corporate business on strategic planning and acquisition.

Andrew has served two terms as a northern panel member but has stepped down from to focus on servicing his clients.

Andrew believes GOA will fill the void for local growers with quick response answers to the questions that are facing producers in the paddock.

Joe Mason- Treasurer

Currently managing 3500 ha family property "Spicers Run”, main enterprises are wheat, canola and first cross lamb production, the farm is located 30 km north of Wellington. We have a keen interest in research as long-term trial co-operators for NSW DPI, GOA and the National Variety trials.

 Formerly acquired a bachelor of agricultural economics at Sydney University before working for 8 years at National Australia Bank and Macquarie Bank in foreign exchange. Along the way picked up a graduate diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia.

Penny Heuston- Publicity Officer

Penny is an independent agronomist who has been based in Warren for the last 30 odd years. Having worked across a range of agribusiness as well as in her own consulting business Penny has gained a vast experience and understanding of the local farming systems. Penny has extensive connections and networks from Tottenham & Nyngan to the west through to Gilgandra in the east.

Penny is a former GRDC Northern panel member and is now has roles in a number of different business servicing the grain industry.

Penny has been on the GOA board since its inception & prior to that with the committees that helped establish the organisation.

Tony Single

Tony was elected to the GOA Board in 2012. Tony graduated with distinction, from CSU Orange in 2008, with a Bachelor of Farm Management. He then accepted a role as a Trials Agronomist with formerly Agritech P/L (now Kalyx) based in Young NSW and in 2009 moved to Wagga Wagga where he started a new office for the company. Tony is now a 3rd Generation farmer after moving to Coonamble in October 2011 to pursue interests within the family farm business. He lives on the farm and can often be found on a water ski or playing cricket for Baradine in his spare time.

Briel Jackson

Briel was elected to the Board in 2014. Briel has a large mixed farming operation at Nyngan NSW and brings to the Board skills and insight into the challenges that are facing large scale growers in the more marginal cropping areas of the GOA region.

Andrew Freeth

Andrew has 16 years of experience in Agribusiness including leadership roles in industry and community. He is a director of his family 5,500ha cropping and livestock business in CW NSW and has a background in commodity analysis & price risk management. 

Andrew is a 2015 Nuffield scholar and 2014 Australian Grain Leaders Program graduate. As well as sitting on the Board for Grain Orana Alliance, and Grower Co he is the current chair for Nuffield NSW.

Matt McRae

Matt previously worked with local agribusiness AGnVET as an agronomist working in the Forbes region of NSW. Through this role has gained significant experience and understanding of the farming systems of the region and the issues growers face. Matt has a keen interest in research playing a pivotal role in the company’s significant research program.

More recently Matt has started his own business both consulting and contracting farming clients in the Manildra region of NSW as well as running a mixed farm himself which gives Matt a unique insight through two lenses- the grower and the advisor.