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
  • Angela Bradburn

    Angela

    Policy Officer (Part Time)

    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 currently include telecommunications, workforce policy, and sustainability.

    • Phone:  02 9669 5222
  • 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
  • Jennifer Brown

    Jennifer

    Policy Officer

    Jennifer draws on her strategic policy and advocacy experience to foster policies that reflect growers’ needs as well as engage industry organisations and government with Cotton Australia. Jennifer’s current areas of focus include energy and environmental matters.

  • Robert Virtue

    Robert

    Communications Manager - Digital Strategy

    Robert works to share information about the Australian cotton industry to growers, media and the public. He uses his experience as a journalist to craft written and visual communication resources for strategic distribution on digital and traditional media platforms to inform people in and out of the industry.

    • Ph: (02) 9669 5222
  • Sally Ceeney

    Sally

    Policy Officer - Research Direction and Stewardship

    Sally has 20 years’ experience in the Australian cotton industry and is based in Warren, NSW. Sally uses her extensive experience in the industry to formulate policy around stewardship on spray drift, the industry’s continued access to pesticides, stewardship and grower advocacy on biotechnologies, and convenes grower input into industry research direction. Sally came to Cotton Australia after working as CottonInfo’s technical lead for Bt and Insecticide Stewardship.

    • Phone: 0459 189 771
  • Lucy Brennan

    Lucy

    Communications Manager - Stakeholder Engagement

    Lucy is Cotton Australia's Communications Manager responsible for stakeholder engagement. Lucy is committed to growing a strong working relationship with growers, media, government and business to help drive the advancement of the cotton industry.

    • Ph: 0455 035 666
  • Jenny Hughes

    Jenny

    Education Coordinator

    Jenny is Cotton Australia's Education Coordinator and brings nine years of agricultural education experience backed up by ten years in the classroom to her position, specializing in hands-on interactive engagement for students and teachers alike.  She has a passion for assisting teachers incorporate agriculture into their classrooms with curriculum linked resources and to gain a better understanding of the cotton industry through Teach the Teacher Tours. 

    • Phone: 0417 405 267

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)

Brisbane Office

  • Paul Sloman

    Paul

    Policy Officer / Grower Engagement

    Formerly our regional manager for Northern NSW, Paul has moved into a new role covering both policy and grower engagement, working on issues such as electricity efficiency, telecommunications and promoting Cotton Australia's education program to schools in south-east Queensland.

    • Phone: 0448 094 883

Regional Office - Narrabri

  • Alec Macintosh

    Alec

    Regional Manager - Northern NSW

    Alec represents Cotton Australia in the northern NSW valleys (Gwydir, Namoi, Walgett & Bourke), communicating important issues to growers, promoting policy initiatives and managing grower feedback on issues and research direction. He also extends myBMP support to growers in his districts of operation.

    Phone: 0428 618 004

Regional Office - Griffith

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)

    Renée works part-time as the Regional Manager for the Central Highlands and offers collaborative support to cotton growers and their supporting businesses. Renée has been a part of both the cotton and agricultural community in crop weed, disease and insect research, agronomy, mixed cropping irrigation farming and as an accredited BMP advisor (and previously as an accredited myBMP auditor) in the valley for more than 25 years. She is passionate about strong rural communities, the people in them, agricultural advocacy, biosecurity and the continual improvement of farming practices through research and policies that empower farmers to constantly work towards sustainability goals in the face of challenging times.

    • Phone: 0448 125 156
  • Julie Wise

    Julie

    Regional Manager (Macquarie Valley)

    Julie moved to the Macquarie Valley 19 years ago to work in the cotton industry, and has been regional manager for Cotton Australia since 2011. Julie is the local connection between growers and the policy team, communicating grower feedback on R&D, policy initiatives and also supporting growers in their journey to become myBMP accredited.

    • Phone: 0447 370 043
  • Jane Hill

    Jane

    Regional Manager (St George, Dirranbandi & Mungindi)

    Jane moved to the St George/Thallon region 13 years ago and has been working in the cotton industry for seven years. As regional manager, Jane enjoys working with growers, delivering information and helping them benchmark their business against industry standards.

    • Phone: 0419 259 194
  • Mary O'Brien

    Mary

    Regional Manager (Darling Downs)

    Mary O’Brien is the Regional Manager (part time role) for the Darling Downs and has lived in the region for 26 years. Mary has worked extensively in the area of chemical use across most regions of Queensland, NSW, Victoria and South Australia, and with a range of agricultural industries. Mary has been involved in the cotton industry for more than 15 years and is a myBMP accredited advisor. As a Regional Manager, Mary advocates for farmers and works as the conduit between Cotton Australia and the Darling Downs growers. This involves providing information and direct support to farmers on a range of topics, and ensuring Cotton Australia is abreast of the issues, challenges, and successes of Darling Downs cotton growers.

    • Phone: 0408 982 291
  • Cate Wild

    Cate

    Regional Manager (Macintyre Valley)

    Cate has been involved with the cotton industry all her adult life. As Cotton Australia's Regional Manager in the MacIntyre Valley, she loves working with and supporting the local CGA and cotton growers, and being involved with an agricultural industry that produces some of the best cotton in the world.

    • Phone: 0487 713 014
  • Kelly Becker

    Kelly

    Regional Manager (Dawson and Callide Valleys)

Specialists

  • Brooke Summers

    Brooke

    Supply Chain Consultant – Cotton to Market Program

    Brooke 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 Manager - Supply Chain relationships, and leads 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
  • Claudia Vicary

    Claudia

    Project Officer - AgSkilled

    Claudia administers the AgSkilled project, an initiative funded by the NSW Department of Industry and designed to help secure the future of the state's cotton and grains industries by funding training and qualifications.

    • Phone: 0409 043 774