Where did you grow up and what inspired you to work in agriculture?
I grew up in Gnowangerup. Growing up in the country, I have always loved the thought of working and growing products to feed the world. The lifestyle and belonging to a small country community have always kept me in the regions.
How long have you worked for CSBP and what is the most rewarding part of your role?
Six years with CSBP, two of those years as District Manager, now Senior Account Manager. The most rewarding part of my career at CSBP so far has definitely been seeing the staff I have mentored rewarded with business success and promotional opportunities. I try to help others around me succeed.
What have you enjoyed learning in your role or what is your favourite takeaway from your customers?
I have a passion for agriculture, and I believe we underestimate our production potential in Western Australia. I have worked alongside some very progressive farmers who have pushed boundaries with the goal of maximising production. I have really enjoyed helping my growers achieve some fantastic results through agronomic advice and partnership. One of my biggest takeaways from a customer was the comment, “If you are told you can achieve something, push a little bit harder because potentially you could do even better than expected.”
Where were you working before joining CSBP?
I have spent almost my whole working career within the WA agricultural sector. I have worked as a contractor and managed farming properties, been a livestock agent and most recently, before CSBP, sold farm machinery.
What do you do when not at work?
I am often busy at home with my family (I have a sixteen-year-old, fourteen-year-old and eleven-year-old) so am usually running them around to sports and activities! I also do night shift volunteering at the local St John Ambulance in Toodyay and still enjoy having a run around in the local reserves football competition.
What is your favourite part about the town you live in and how are you engaged with your local community?
My family and I have lived in Toodyay for fourteen years and absolutely love the small country town feel of the community while being so close to Perth. Toodyay has a uniquely diverse demographic and while offering a mid-week small town community vibe, we can also boast a great weekend tourist location. I think the Avon River is one of our greatest attractions and we spend many Sunday afternoons paddling the long pools and little rapids for fun. My whole family is involved in a large variety of local sports as players, spectators, and officials.
What are some highlights of your career to date?
I spent twelve months working on a farm in Canada with my wife (pre-kids) on an agricultural exchange program. It was great to see the similarity in the Australian and Canadian farming production methods and outcomes. Travel has been a big part of my life and is a passion we are now passing on to our children. We live in such a remote part of the world but what we are doing here does have an impact on things on a global scale.
How do you keep up to date with the latest agronomy and trends?
Being open to all information is key. Listen to your peers, your industry partners and even your competitors. There are new obstacles put in front of us every year, however, there are always people who have faced the same problems before us. Don’t be afraid to ask the question and always be prepared to listen to and act on the answer.
What’s something few people know about you?
I like to offer as much time as I can to my local St John branch as a volunteer ambulance officer. It’s a wonderful way to give back to the community and help those in their most vulnerable time.
What’s your favourite bakery or bakery order?
The award-winning Toodyay Bakery wins hands down. Pepper steak pie or the veggie curry pasty are my normal order. The cinnamon scrolls are pretty impressive too.