The facilitators of Ag EDGE have been hand chosen to include the leaders in their field in regional NSW. They represent the industries of agricultural consultants, counsellors, business coaches, accountants, psychologists, succession planning and solicitors. All of them have a high level of skill in facilitation, communication and the delivery of adult education.
Together the team of facilitators has the professional expertise, facilitation and communication skills to meet the challenges that the large Ag EDGE faces. The range of personalities and skills provides the smaller Boards with the ability to select a facilitator that will best meet their needs at their meetings.
Simon Fritsch, Agripath
Founder of Agripath, Simon has over 20 years experience in agriculture with his client base encompassing irrigation, dry land farming and grazing operations.
He has Southern, Central, and Northern NSW farming systems experience. Simon’s particular strengths have been in financial analysis and planning to deliver profitable outcomes for client businesses. Simon has worked as an irrigation agronomist for Twynam Cotton at Warren, a dry land consultant agronomist for Hassall & Associates and team leader Farm Business Consulting for Hassall & Associates.
Simon has worked in many parts of Australia, giving him a broad understanding of all facets of farming in diverse environments and an excellent network of skilled land managers/farm advisors. Simon has a degree in Rural Science. Learn more about Simon here.
Tony Hudson, Hudson Facilitation
After a career spanning 20 years in the Agribusiness sector, Tony came to a simple conclusion. Work must be challenging, interesting and fun. Most importantly, it must make a difference to our clients.
Whether facilitating a negotiation workshop with a major corporate, writing a strategic plan, deep in the ‘red zone’ guiding clients through family succession planning, or presenting a first year farm finance lecture, Tony decided his work must make a difference.
Hudson Facilitation clients become better equipped to achieve their goals, both in business and their personal lives. Learn more about Tony here.
Isobel Knight is a succession planning specialist and has been the owner and a director of Australia’s leading family farm succession planning business Proagtive for the last decade. Isobel is a mother of three has degrees in business law and psychology, is a trained counselor and mediator.
Isobel was awarded the 2013 NSW-ACT Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award and National Runner up. Isobel’s association with family farm businesses stems backs to her family’s farm near Junee and now Loomberah NSW where she and her husband Rod run a cattle-trading enterprise. Being part of two family farms and experiencing firsthand the challenges of planning for the future has been the catalyst for Isobel’s interest in farm succession planning. Learn more abot Isobel here.
Tim Manning, Psychiatrist
Sarah Roche, Proagtive
Dee Wilkes-Bowes, Senior Consultant
Has excellent strategic planning and futures thinking capability and experience in assisting organisations to develop a strategic plan and optimise governance structures and operation. She has the ability to develop relationships to facilitate alliances and engage stakeholders, and she has a strong understanding of issues facing agriculture and ability to work with producers.
Alison’s clients best know her for her practical, logical and relatable approach to wealth management. Working predominately with farming families, Alison makes it her job to really understand her client’s goals and aspirations as both a business and a family. She is incredibly well trusted by her clients, and makes it her job to treat that trust with the respect it deserves. She makes everyone feel welcome, always acts with purpose, and has a great head for business. Learn more about Alison here.