board of directors
Wayne Cornish is a farmer and a former Chairman of ChemCert Australia and former Vice President of the National Farmers’ Federation. He is a Director on the Board of AgriFood Skills Australia and a former Chairman of the NFF’s Farm Chemicals Sub-committee and DrumMUSTER.
Wayne was President of the South Australian Farmers’ Federation for six years and has been heavily involved in natural resource management, education and training, and local government. He has broad expertise in primary production. He is a Member of the Advisory Board of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority.
Don Hayes is Deputy Chairman of Rural Skills Australia, former Secretary of the Australian Workers Union and a former Director of AgriFood Skills Australia..
Ralph Leutton is a former member of the National Quality Council and a former Director of AgriFood Skills Australia.
Ralph has had a lengthy career in the rural industry. He was program manager, policy and legislation for Cotton Australia and before that the Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation for seven and a half years.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Immuno-Parasitology and has held positions in research in university and government departments. He has been a senior lecturer in international marketing and a successful event organiser, including Expo 88, Beef 88 and Beef 91.
Ailsa Fox has a family farming business producing beef, lamb and wool. She is a past junior vice president of the Victorian Farmers Federation. She was president of the Livestock Commodity Group for four consecutive years as well as a director of the Goulburn Broken Catchment Authority for nine years.
Ailsa was a councillor for the Shire of Mansfield, a commissioner of the Shire of Murrindindi and a delegate to Cattle Council of Australia.
Andrew Wilsmore is Manager Public Affairs for Woolworths Liquor Group.
Sarah McKinnon joined Rural Skills Australia as a new director in October 2015. Sarah commenced with the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) team in April 2014, bringing her experience in workplace relations and law to the role of Manager, Workplace Relations and Legal Affairs.
Before joining the NFF, Sarah worked in the Workplace Relations Legal Group of the Department of Employment. Sarah also worked as an industrial relations consultant for many years.
At the NFF, Sarah’s areas of responsibility include workplace relations, agricultural education and training, farm safety, immigration and labour shortages. She regularly appears in the Fair Work Commission and is a member of the National Workplace Relations Consultative Council.