Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown is a Rutland farmer born and bred.  He is a past High Sheriff of Rutland. He also sits on the Leicestershire and Rutland bench as a magistrate. He is a former NFU East Midlands Regional Chairman. The farm has won several local, regional and national awards for his conservation work whilst maintaining a viable and productive commercial farm. He has been hosting school trips for 20 years and goes into schools to promote British food and farming. He has been on the Board of the HGCA and is on Farmers Club Committee as Chair of Membership and is a member of the Institute of Agricultural Management, the Commercial Farmers Group, the Worshipful Company of Farmers and has achieved the status of Chartered Environmentalist. He has been awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Agricultural Societies. He is a Freeman of the City of London, a Trustee of the Rutland Agricultural Society and the Leicester Comedy Festival. He has recently gained a post graduate law degree with merit from De Montfort University.

Prof. Philip Mulama Nyangweso


Prof. Philip Mulama Nyangweso
BSc(Horticulture)(KU, Kenya), MSc. (Moi, Kenya, Wageningen, Netherlands), PhD(Moi, Kenya)

Contact: e-mail: Tel: (+254)723682487

He is Acting Principal Moi University Odera Akang’o College Campus. He served as Director Academic Programmes, Odera Akang’o College Campus. He served as Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Resource Management, Moi University, Kenya. He is an Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics and Resource Management. He has published over 86 articles in refereed publications and international conference proceedings. In 2007 was awarded the Prize for the best scientific presentation at the African Association of Agricultural Economists in Accra, Ghana. He has attended over 37 international conferences in USA, South America, Many parts of Africa, Canada and Europe. Has organized and continue to organize international conferences in Africa and globally on Agricultural Economics and Farm Management issues by mobilizing funds and professionals as a Council member of International Farm Management Association headquartered in the United Kingdom and a President of Africa Farm Management Association. He served as a regional representative for East and Central Africa for African Association of Agricultural Economists in 2010-2013. He has supervised over 60 undergraduates, 25 masters, and 14 PhD students. He has also been involved in fundraising efforts either singly or collaboratively for professional associations, institutional grants for purchase of equipment and books for his department or multidisciplinary research on sorghum and maize and their implications for food security in East Africa. He joined Moi University in March 2004 after serving in various capacities and stations in the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture. Prior to joining the University, Prof. Nyangweso worked as a Senior Agricultural Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture where he executed government advisory services on various community development projects with special focus on Agricultural Marketing and Extension. Apart from teaching and supervision of both undergraduate and graduate students, his research interests are: Agriculture and Food Policy, Agricultural Marketing, International Trade and Household Food Security, Microeconomic and Macroeconomic Modeling, Farm and agribusiness management. He was consulted in 2010 as an expert on Agriculture and Food Policy by the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) which was in the process of formulating a Regional Agriculture and Food Policy. He was consulted by IGAD in December 2016 to train ministry staff in 8 IGAD member countries on latest Developments in the System of National Accounting. He has externalized exams for Maseno University and Kabianga University for 4 years in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness management.

Andrew Macfarlane


Andrew is a Director of ANZCO, Fonterra Cooperative Group, Ngai Tahu Farming, and a member of the Lincoln University Council.  He is a past New Zealand President of the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management, responsible for New Zealand’s rural professionals, past Chairman of Deer Industry NZ, and past Director of AgResearch.

andrew and his wife Tricia and their family, farm irrigated land in Mid Canterbury, focused on dairy, and hill country in South Canterbury and Southland focused on deer and beef production. The deer operation is managed and co-owned in an equity partnership by their son, Tom and his wife, Sam. Their farms are recognised for balancing high production with environmental outcomes.

Andrew oversees management of the farm and commercial property business, and has recently retired from the farm management consultancy practice, which he co-founded and worked in from the early 1980s.  He is known for his expertise and experience in irrigation water, soil, and nutrient management issues both at an on-farm and regional level. He also has particular expertise in understanding farm systems.  He enjoys his involvement with the International Farm Management Association, which every two years, links him with rural professionals from around the world.


Robin Thompson


Robin is an agricultural scientist who has provided research, development and extension support to agriculture in Australia and overseas over the past forty years.  His current role within the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks Water and Environment is managing Game Services Tasmania which provides policy support to Government and technical support to farmers and hunters.

As the representative of the Tasmanian Government Robin currently represents Tasmania on the Board of Rural Alive and Well, the steering committee for the National Pastures Genebank, investor committee of Southern Australian Livestock Research Council and the Research and Innovation Sub Committee of the Primary Industries Ministerial Council.

Robin and his family operate a family farm producing potatoes, onions and prime lambs at Scottsdale in the north east of Tasmania.


Simon Wells


Simon Wells – Estate Manager, Herefordshire, UK

Simon manages a 2,000 acre mixed enterprise estate in Herefordshire, a county on the Wales border of the UK.  Having joined the business in 1997, Simon has made several changes including exiting pig production, extensification of the beef and sheep enterprises and significantly investing in fruit production.

The business now majors in fruit (cherries and raspberries) growing with investment in packing facilities ( first optical cherry grader in the UK)- meaning it packs imported fruit as well as acting as a collaborative packhouse for other growers.  The arable enterprise is embracing precision farming techniques with the aims of keeping close control of input costs.

Simon is particularly interested in new growing technologies and developing new young talent in his team.

Dr. James W. Richardson


Formerly Co-Director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center, Texas A&M AgriLife Senior Faculty Fellow, and Senior Regents Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University.

James received his Ph.D. in agricultural economics at Oklahoma State University in 1978 and joined the Texas A&M Department of Agricultural Economics in 1978 where he taught risk analysis and conducted research on farm policy, risk analysis, and the economic feasibility of alternative feedstocks for renewable fuels.  He is best known for his farm level policy analysis research and simulation models. Using his models, the Agricultural and Food Policy Center prepares an annual report for Congress projecting the economic viability of 95+ representative crop, cattle and dairy farms in principal production regions of the United States.  Using the representative farms, the Center has assisted Congress by analyzing the probable economic consequences of alternative farm bill proposals for every farm bill since 1985.

Recent publications by the Center are available at:

Rob Currry


I have spent much of my working life as a physiotherapist and health programs manager in remote Aboriginal health care in the north of Australia.  My particular skills and experience lie in the areas of cross cultural primary health care planning and program management in the context of rural and remote health care. My approach to working in rural and remote health has been influenced by the international philosophy of Primary Health Care and the Australian model of Aboriginal community controlled health service delivery.

From 2001 to 2004 I was Programs Manager with the Tiwi Health Board on the Tiwi Islands north of Darwin where my principle roles were focused on health promotion and environmental health.  For a decade from 2004 I was employed with the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the NT (AMSANT) where program management in the areas of workforce support, quality and accreditation, chronic disease prevention and public health policy development were major responsibilities.  In these capacities I helped to secure funding for expanded programs of support for the Aboriginal community controlled sector in the NT.

After 30 years in the Top End I relocated to Ellenborough near Port Macquarie in 2013 where i now have a position supporting the Mid North Coast Aboriginal Health Authority, and also undertake small projects as a private health consultant.


  • Batchelor of Applied Science: Physiotherapy – 1980 (Lincoln Institute, Vic)
  • Grad dip Aboriginal Studies – 1990 (SA College of Advanced Education)
  • Masters of Science, Primary Health Care – 2000 (Flinders University)
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors certificate – 2013

Current Employment

Operations Manager, Mid North Coast Aboriginal Health Authority

Current Honorary Positions

  • Current member and past director of Australian Physiotherapy Association (2005-09)
  • Current Chair of SARRAH (Services for Australian Rural & Remote Allied Health)
  • Founding member and current director of North Coast Allied Health Association, NSW

 Passed Employment

  • 1981-82: Mount Royal Rehabilitation Unit – staff physiotherapist
  • 1982-83: Cleve District Health Services, SA – community physiotherapist
  • 1983-84: Katherine District Hospital, NT – sole physiotherapist
  • 1985-89: Royal Darwin Hospital – rotation physiotherapist
  • 1988-89: Royal Darwin Hospital – chief physiotherapist
  • 1989-98: Top End Remote Health Services – outreach physiotherapist
  • !998-99: NT Health Dept – special projects
  • 2000-01: NT Health Staff Development: remote health officer
  • 2001-04: Tiwi Health Board, Tiwi Islands – Programs Manager
  • 2004-13: Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of NT – Various roles including programs manager and acting CEO
  • 2013-current: Private health consultant
  • 2017-current: Operations Manager, Mid North Coast Aboriginal Health Authority, NSW

Recent Projects

  • 2014: Development of Durri Aboriginal Health community engagement strategy (Kempsey)
  • 2014: Development of the Mid North Coast Aboriginal Health Accord
  • 2014: Evaluation of Alpurrurulam Healthy Skin & Community Wellness Program (NTMCL)
  • 2015: Review of the AMSANT Indigenous Health Project Officer (IHPO) positions
  • 2016: Review of the Bulgarr Ngaru Fruit & Vegetable Nutrition Programs (Grafton)
  • 2016 – present: President of Services for Australian Rural & Remote Allied Health (SARRAH)


Through my working involvements over many years I have developed extensive knowledge of rural health and Indigenous health care in particular.  I am conversant with the issues of chronic disease in Aboriginal communities and understand work required to improve the current picture, including the importance of prevention and better management, effective systems of health data collection and sharing for integrated care, culturally safety and security, and the requirement to address social determinants of health including Aboriginal employment.




Jaki Adams-Barton

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults are 3 times more likely than other Australians to go blind and with the rise in diabetes-related eye disease, matters are only going to get worse.”

 Jaki Adams-Barton, August 2013

 Jaki was born and raised in Darwin and is of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, with ancestral links to the Yadhaigana and Wuthathi people of Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, traditional family ties with the Gurindji people of Central Western Northern Territory and extended family relationships with the people of the Torres Straits and Warlpiri (Yuendumu NT). Jaki is from a large extended family and is very proud to be a part of such a supportive and loving unit. Jaki sees balancing work and home life as her major challenge but one that she makes every effort to succeed at. Jaki returned home to Darwin in 2008 after spending 11 years in Brisbane, to reconnect with her family and enjoy the relaxed and culturally diverse environment that Darwin and the Northern Territory has to offer.

Jaki’s career includes Hospitality; Secondary Teaching; and, over 18 years in the Australian Public Service (APS) and a short stint in the NT Public Service. Jaki’s experience as a public servant started as a Graduate Administrative Assistant with The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC), progressing across a variety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Aged Care programs, and then 8 years in the Australian Defence (security) portfolio. Working her way, across the APS, Queensland and the NT, to the position of NT Director of the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) in the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) in 2008. Jaki joined The Fred Hollows Foundation’s Indigenous Australia Program in early 2012 and was soon promoted to the Manager’s position in January 2013.

Jaki’s achievements in this time include refocusing the programming to align with The Foundation’s global eye health outcomes through developing capacity and confidence of the team (and partners) to significantly influence the sector to consider eye health beyond the clinical aspects and in line with patient pathways, cultural competence, health literacy, service level coordination and system strengthening. Through her commitment, passion and determination Jaki has proven to be an invaluable contributor to improving eye care access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Jaki has recently been promoted to Regional Associate Director – Australasia in recognition of the work done for The Foundation and the sector in Australia, and in the interest of sharing this knowledge and her professional strengths to build a new region for The Foundation. The Region includes programming in Australia (through the Indigenous Australia Program), the Pacific (Trachoma elimination specifically) and Timor Leste.

Jaki has held many leadership roles, including Chair of Vision 2020 Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Committee, a Vision 2020 Australia Board Member and as The Foundation’s key representative on the national Close the Gap Steering Committee since 2012.

Jaki has a personal and professional commitment to do whatever she can to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Jaki states that:

 “……being able to have direct impact on and positively contribute to programs (and broader discussions) that address ending avoidable blindness and improvements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is an inspiring and an honourable position to be in”.

 “Being welcomed into The Fred Hollows family and charged with significant responsibility (to keep Fred’s legacy alive) in a complex and diverse environment, is both challenging and rewarding, and keeps me engaged and motivated to make a difference everyday”

 Jaki Adams-Barton, Regional Associate Director – Australasia, 2018

Dr John Napoli


Obesity is one of the major health problems in our world and its incidence has increased 800% in the last 15 years. Over 350 million people worldwide are obese and obesity is directly linked to approximately 500,000 deaths per year in western countries. Current predictions include that 80% of Australians will be overweight by 2025. Diet and exercise weight loss programs have had limited sustained success because of the high rate of weight gain in the long term. Other treatments for obesity include various types of bariatric surgery and endoscopic therapies such as intragastric space-occupying devices and endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty. These treatment modalities as well as novel endoscopic approaches for weight loss will be discussed in the presentation.


Introduction at Conference :  John Napoli is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney and a Consultant Gastroenterologist. He has been in clinical practice for over 20 years in both the public and private teaching hospital environment as well as in the Day Hospital setting. John is the current NSW Chapter Chair of Day Hospitals Australia.

Mr David Hansen


David is the recently appointed National Manager of IMGA MEDIPROTECT, specialists of healthcare organisations and medical professionals insurance brokering practices of PSC.

David is a versatile executive with extensive experience in the general insurance industry, primarily in the Financial Lines sector in both broking and underwriting disciplines. He has specialised in Medical Malpractice, Information Technology, Professional Indemnity and Directors & Officers liability as well as in Financial Institution Insurance Programs.

David has been state manager of small underwriting agencies through to large international insurers in Brisbane, Sydney and Toronto Canada, and most recently was the state sales manager of CGU Insurance where he was able to re-ignite his passion for understanding customer needs and formulating value propositions.

David is an authentic people leader with an intuitive, consultative and collaborative leadership style with a proven career track record of achieving rapid improvements in sales, service delivery, customer outcomes and financial performance in a variety of challenging circumstances, locations and insurance industry sectors.

David is currently studying an MBA through QUT in Brisbane, and is a Senior Associate of ANZIIF.


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