Board members

Andrew McFadyen- Chairman & Eastern Grower representative

I hail from a family farm at Lake Cargelligo in New South Wales when my family still farms to this current day.
I have been professionally involved in the grains industry for 14 years based in the Coolah District of NSW.
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 I took on the position of Agronomist/Cropping Manager for Paspaley Pearls Properties based at Kurrajong Park Coolah; this role has now grown to where I hold the position of 2IC to the general manger of the Paspaley Rural Group of Properties.
In my current position I am involved with a wide range of crops; these include dual purpose cereals, winter cereals and oilseed as well as summer crops including sorghum, maize and mungbeans

I have been an active member in the grains industry, with roles in the Central East RAC which I chaired in 2002 and 2003. I have also been involved in a number of planning committees for the GRDC at an advisor level as well as presenting at GRDC Updates.

I believe 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. Also on the farm we enjoy hosting various NVT and GOA trials each year.
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 20 years. Her client base extends from Tottenham & Nyngan to the west through to Gilgandra in the east. Penny is a former GRDC Northern panel member, RAC member & a regular contributor to Australian Grain magazine. Penny has been on the GOA board since its inception & prior to that with the committees that helped establish the organisation.

Mark McKay- Western grower representative

Mark is a hands-on farmer at Warren running a 6500ha cropping and livestock farm in partnership with his wife and two sons.  Winter cropping is the focus but cotton and livestock add diversity to the farm.

Mark has had a life long interest in developing farming systems that can handle the challenges of the Western Plains such as wide diversity of soil types and rainfall that can come at any time.

Mark believes GOA can play a vital role in assisting farmers on the Western Plains to remain profitable and sustainable.

Ian Elliott

Ian worked for many years as a senior agronomist for the AGnVET group and is currently in a senior technical role. Ian long history and experince in the local region brings a great skill set to the GOA Board.

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 is the newest memeber to the GOA Board elected 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 croppping areas of the GOA region.