Council Members

Georgina Gubbins – Chair

Georgina Gubbins is a red meat producer, farming near Heywood and Hamilton.  She has a positive vision for the Food & Fibre sector, and is a passionate advocate for the Great South Coast Region, which is one of the more reliable farming regions in Australia.  She has had a number of industry sector roles and holds a Master of Agribusiness which she concentrated on the global red meat industry.

Alistair McCosh

Alistair is Director of the Warrnambool Campus, Deakin University and has responsibility for the provision of leadership and oversight of the operations on campus. Deakin has introduced a new Agribusiness course which is directly aligned to addressing one of the critical gaps identified in the Great South Coast Food & Fibre Action Plan, that of workforce development. Alistair indicates that Deakin is committed to working with communities to positively contribute to growth and sustainability and this fits perfectly into what are the objectives of the Great South Coast Food & Fibre Action Plan and the work it wishes to undertake to ensure our region has a long term sustainable food & fibre sector.

Rhonda Henry – Treasurer

Rhonda Henry has a wealth of experience in the banking and the agricultural sector. Rhonda is currently a Senior Relationship Manager at Westpac for the Agribusiness sector across Victoria and Tasmania,. She has been in this role for 3 years . Prior to that she held the role of Head of Dairy–South West Victoria at the Commonwealth Bank for 45 years.  Rhonda’s board experience includes current roles as Deputy Chair of Leadership Great South Coast and Treasurer of WestVic Dairy. She is passionate about empowering people to succeed in achieving their agribusiness dreams and supporting them on their journey through all stages of their business and life goals. She loves the region in which she lives and works and is very regional and community focused. She is married and has 3 adult sons and  3 grandchildren.

Carlie Barry

Carlie Barry is an organic dairy farmer in Camperdown where she milks stud jerseys and gyr on over 1000 acres of farmland with her husband. Organic, sustainable and ethical farming are her passions, and she takes any chance she can to educate both consumers and other farmers about organic farming.

Carlie has a deep understanding of the many operating models for successful dairy businesses. When she was an Area Manager with Fonterra, she looked after 130 farms and provided HR support for the entire South West region of Victoria, drawing on her skills and degree in human resources (specialising in dairy). Carlie was the State President of the Victorian Young Farmers, a member of the Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory (now Saputo Australia) Supplier Advisory Forum, and is a graduate of the Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program.

Marie Thornton

Marie has been involved in Agricultural production in this region since 1971 on the family property Mount Myrtoon near Camperdown. Having seen the resilience of this area overcome drought, low prices and numerous other challenges, Marie believes the opportunities  rapidly opening up into the future are a welcome sign for the primary production sector. The Action plan identifies cooperative pathways for the future around education, training and jobs and currently great progress is being made in those areas using regional talent. It is important to foster and maintain this momentum in a fast changing trade environment which is why the Great South Coast Food & Fibre Action Plan is so important for the region.

Oonagh Kilpatrick
Oonagh was born & lived in Northern Ireland until 2006.  She boasts a 20 year career in taxation and trusts planning for individuals and small to medium enterprises, and from 2006 – 2011 lived and work as consultant with Saudi Arabia British Bank in Riyadh, specialising in project management, and training staff in customer service skills.  In 2011 she moved with her husband to run a dairy farm in the Great South Coast.  Oonagh is a United Dairyfarmers Victoria Policy Councillor for Wannon and Ireland Genetics Australian Manager.
Jonathan Jenkin

Jonathan and his wife manage their 1000 ha Poll Hereford and composite lamb farm enterprise situated near Mt Napier in Western Victoria. Prior to returning to the family farm Jonathan had an extensive career in agribusiness, including roles with Ipsos Market Research, Syngenta and Kubota Tractor Australia.

In addition to farming, he also currently undertakes part-time employment within the Sustainable Agriculture team of Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority (CMA). A core element of this role is working on new technology, innovation and sustainability projects.

Martin Clark

Martin Clark is Operations Manager for Australian Bluegum Plantations (ABP), his responsibilities include managing ABP in the Green Triangle along with stakeholder engagement. His objective is to plant, tend and harvest a sustainable, viable and renewable resource of plantations integrated within the region.

Martin grew up locally on a mixed enterprise farm west of Hamilton, where his interest in integrating strategic tree plantings within a working farm developed. He graduated with an honours degree in Agricultural Science, and, following his passion, became involved in primary production within the region. He believes that innovation, integration, engaging, educating and promoting the benefits and sustainability of our diverse primary production industries in the region is the route to a successful and sustainable future.

Jack Luxford

Jack is the NAB Senior Agribusiness Manager in Hamilton, growing up in North East Victoria. Jack’s passion for agriculture led him to complete a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics at The University of Sydney and forge a career in agribusiness. Over the past 10 years, Jack has held positions with multiple large agribusinesses up and down the east coast working with a range of different sectors.

Jack is passionate about giving people the opportunity to thrive in the food and fibre sector and sees being involved in a coordinated effort such as Great South CoastFood and Fibre as a great way to uplift the entire region. Given the plentiful water resources and strong brand, the Great South Coast is poised to take advantage of the current macroeconomic environment not only for current food and fibre participants but for future generations.

Natalie Collard | Executive Officer

Natalie Collard is an award-winning senior executive and highly regarded advocate for regional Australia, innovation in agriculture, renewable energy and women’s leadership. Natalie has been the Executive Officer for Food and Fibre Great South Coast since September 2020, on a mission to grow strategic impact of the organisation and its high-potential primary industries.

Natalie is passionate about the food and fibre sector, with previous leadership roles including CEO of Australian Dairy Farmers Ltd, and Manager – Rural Affairs at the National Farmers’ Federation. She serves on the Independent Advisory Panel for Agriculture and Energy Investment with the Victorian Government, and on a Federal Government Board. She is also an executive coach with her own company, Quartz Group.

In August 2021, Natalie was featured by Industry Era magazine as one of the 10 most successful CEOs of 2021 for her dynamic range of executive experience and capacity to achieve outcomes. In July 2018, Natalie was awarded Woman in Renewables of the Year by the International Global Solar + Energy Storage Organising Committee. In 2013, she was awarded Telstra Business Woman of the Year – Victoria (Community and Government) and was a national finalist in the NAB Women’s Agenda Emerging Leader Award.