Staff

Head Office - Sydney

  • Adam Kay

    Adam

    Chief Executive Officer

    Adam is responsible for overall management and leadership of the organisation and represents Cotton Australia to government, media and other industry organisations.  He is involved in all aspects of the business and is the public face of Cotton Australia.

    • Phone: 02 9669 5222
  • Therese Wooden

    Therese

    Finance Manager

    Therese is responsible for all accounting functions of Cotton Australia, manages the financial aspects of government projects and is the primary contact for levy collection.  Therese also manages the accounts for special projects such as the Australian Cotton Conference and the Australian Cotton Industry Awards.

    • Phone: 02 9669 5222
  • Sophie Davidson

    Sophie

    Education Coordinator

    Sophie is responsible for developing and implementing Cotton Australia's education program to engage teachers, students and schools in cotton and agriculture.  Sophie works with Cotton Australia’s field team on regional education programs, develops curriculum-based resources, supports the industry’s human capacity initiatives and oversees education events and sponsorship.

  • Chris Larsen

    Chris

    Communications Manager

    Chris is responsible for communication both with growers and industry and with the wider public. His work is focused on targeted grower communication, media relations and the development of partnerships to promote positive messages about the cotton industry.

    • Phone: 0488 189 502
  • Samuel Evangelinos

    Samuel

    Communications Officer

    Samuel works with Cotton Australia's communications and education teams to update industry, consumers, teachers and students about our initiatives. His work is focused on managing the organisation's internet and social media presence, creating and delivering content for students and teachers, communicating with growers and assisting in managing media relations.

    • Phone: 0421 761 336
  • Dr Nicola Cottee

    Dr Nicola

    Policy Officer (Research Direction & Stewardship)

    Nicola works to ensure cotton growers' input guides industry research and development investment, a crucial role for Cotton Australia. She also manages key industry stewardship initiatives, including resistance management and biosecurity.

    • Phone: 0421 283 957
  • Felicity Muller

    Felicity

    Policy Officer

    Felicity works on key policy formation and advocacy on behalf of growers across a range of issues for Cotton Australia, including electricity and energy, transport (in NSW), foreign trade and export, and mining & coal seam gas.

    • Phone: 0405 508 280
  • Angela Bradburn

    Angela

    Policy Officer - currently on maternity leave

    Angela contributes to Cotton Australia’s policy formulation and advocacy and acts as a reference point for industry organisations, government and other stakeholder groups on key policy and research issues. Angela’s areas of focus include climate change and sustainability, natural resource management and industry human capacity.

  • Claudia Vicary

    Claudia

    Graduate Policy Officer

    Claudia works to assist the policy team with a range of advocacy and policy formation issues. Claudia’s areas of focus include industry human capacity and regional telecommunications.

    • Phone: 0409 043 774
  • Rochelle Zakher

    Rochelle

    Executive Assistant (Part Time)

    Rochelle assists a number of the Senior Management staff with administrative and organisational tasks, as well as providing administration support for special events such as the Cotton Collective, staff and Board meetings.

    • Phone: 02 9669 5222
  • Chris O'Hare

    Chris

    Administration Assistant

    Chris is Cotton Australia's receptionist and financial administration assistant.  She is the first point of contact for people calling Cotton Australia's Head Office, and assists the Finance Manager with various clerical duties.

    • Phone: 02 9669 5222

Regional Office - Toowoomba

  • Michael Murray

    Michael

    General Manager

    Michael uses his own extensive experience and Cotton Australia's alliances to develop and influence policies that affect growers.  A specialist water policy manager with overall responsibility for Cotton Australia’s water portfolio at State and Federal levels, Michael also covers coal seam gas and policy areas specific to Queensland.

    • Phone: 0427 707 868
  • Rick Kowitz

    Rick

    myBMP Manager

    Rick is responsible for the leadership and management of the cotton industry's best practice initiative, myBMP.  His role includes development, adoption and certification with a focus on encouraging participation. Rick also ensures myBMP provides Australian cotton growers with a centralised location to access the industry’s best practice standards, fully supported by scientific knowledge, resources and technical support.

    • Phone: 0427 050 832
  • Nicole Scott

    Nicole

    myBMP Customer Service Officer

    Nicole is responsible for the management and operations of the myBMP website and supplying cotton growers with quality and timely support.

    • Phone: 1800 COTTON (1800 268 866)

Regional Office - Narrabri

  • Paul Sloman

    Paul

    Regional Manager (Namoi, Gwydir, Walgett and Bourke)

    Paul represents Cotton Australia at a regional level by communicating important issues to growers, promoting policy initiatives and managing grower feedback on issues and research direction. His responsibilities also include extending myBMP support to Australian cotton growers.

    • Phone: 0448 094 883

Regional Office - Griffith

  • Honi Anderson

    Honi

    Regional Manager (Riverina & Southern Valleys)

    Honi represents Cotton Australia at a regional level by communicating important issues to growers, promoting policy initiatives and managing grower feedback on issues and research direction. Her responsibilities also include extending myBMP support to Australian cotton growers.

    • Phone: 0437 700 300

Field Staff

The following staff are employed part-time to support cotton growers at the local level across a range of cotton production and community issues, and education.

  • Renee Anderson

    Renee

    Regional Manager (Central Highlands)

    • Phone: 0448 125 156
  • Julie Wise

    Julie

    Regional Manager (Macquarie Valley)

    • Phone: 0447 370 043
  • Rebecca Fing

    Rebecca

    Regional Manager (Macintyre)

    • Phone: 0427 107 234
  • Jane Hill

    Jane

    Regional Manager (St George/Dirranbandi)

    • Phone: 0419 259 194
  • Bron Christensen

    Bron

    Regional Manager (Dawson Valley)

    • Phone: 0488 931 691
  • Mary O'Brien

    Mary

    Regional Manager (Darling Downs)

    • Phone: 0408 982 291

Specialists

  • Brooke Summers

    Brooke

    Project Lead - Cotton to Market and Cotton LEADS™

    Brooke Summers is owner and Director of Step Communication, a consultancy specialising in communication, marketing and story-telling predominantly for the rural, regional and agricultural sectors. Brooke has provided communication services to Cotton Australia for over a decade. Brooke is currently the Project Lead for Cotton Australia’s Cotton to Market Project, a coordinated effort to position cotton as the fibre of choice in the world market by influencing brand owner, retailer, manufacturer and consumer behaviour.

    • Phone: 0418 962 942