ONE LUCKY sheep producer will win 50 Roseville Park Merino ewes while another will win a started Border Collie pup from Waddy’s Collies at this year’s LambEx 2016.
M: 0429 676 413
Bridget is a project manager with AgCommunicators, specialising in writing and tailoring messages to suit specific audiences while appreciating the demands on journalists.
Bridget grew up on a mixed cropping and sheep farm at Tooligie Hill, near Lock on central Eyre Peninsula, before moving to Adelaide to pursue a career in journalism. After completing a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) along with an Associate Degree in Language and Culture Studies (Italian) at the University of South Australia, she worked at The Advertiser and Messenger newspapers. A move to the Southern Cross Catholic newspaper within the Catholic Communications team sparked an interest in public relations and Bridget returned to university part-time to complete a Graduate Diploma of Public Relations.
Before joining AgCommunicators, Bridget spent five years at Viterra in senior communication roles. She project-managed the Grain Business magazine and was responsible for the production of the company’s 2010/11 Post Harvest Review reports. She was involved in ABB Grain’s shareholder vote to approve the Viterra takeover and was also involved in the later transition to Glencore Grain.
Project Manager – Communication and Events
M: 0438 683 436
Rebecca is a multi-skilled communication and event manager with experience across a range of rural and metropolitan projects.
Her background includes a Bachelor of Business Management (Tourism) and 10 years’ in regional tourism, community and economic development, and the convention and events industry.
She enjoys organising, collaborating and delivering multiple projects for AgCommunicators’ clients and thrives on work plans and deadlines. When Rebecca’s not dreaming about planning a successful event, she’s actually organising one, and believes a job worth doing is worth doing thoroughly. She’s fast, efficient and yet has an unparalleled attention to detail – making her every client’s dream! Her skills in social media management – such as Facebook, Twitter – make her the ultimate all-rounder.
She understands farming life, having grown up on a cereal and sheep property in the South Australian Mallee. Rebecca’s passion is to empower people and implement strategies that develop resilient communities. Rebecca now combines her skills in communication and events to engage and build capacity of those in the agricultural community.
Director and Senior Manager – Education and Training
M: 0423 295 576
Belinda is a science communicator and educator with a passion for primary production. She has 15 years’ experience in using colour, fun and credibility to communicate science to non-scientific audiences – and has received national accolades for her work.
With a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a Graduate Diploma in Scientific Communication, Belinda engages audiences using a range of hands-on and interactive platforms, such as practical displays and demonstrations and all forms of traditional, social and digital media. She has extensive experience in designing education and training programs which use enquiry-based learning principles and is an engaging science presenter, a skill gained as part of the Questacon Science Circus.
Belinda’s previous industry positions include FarmBis Program Leader and Youth Development Leader with Primary Industries and Regions SA and Education and Communication Officer with the Primary Industries Centre for Science Education. She spent five years as Communications and Education Manager for the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics where she developed Get into Genes, an education program which has reached more than 30,000 students. Under her tenure, the program received the Cooperative Research Centre Association Award for ‘Excellence in innovation in education and training and public outreach activities’. She was also the science consultant for Beyond Television Productions and helped develop ABC children’s science program Backyard Science.
Belinda has received two Next Generation Scholarships from the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of SA (RA&HS) to represent South Australia at the international Royal Agricultural Society Conference in Scotland and New Zealand. These trips enabled her to review agricultural education initiatives and discuss best practice techniques with the President of the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth, HRH Princess Anne.
Belinda is a skilled public speaker and Master of Ceremonies. She has hosted radio show Blond Science and the Oliphant Science Awards and officiated at the launch of the Do Dairy campaign, in addition to many industry and school events.
Belinda is a RA&HS Board Member and Vice Chair of the RA&HS Education Foundation, an Executive Member of the Royal Adelaide Show and Councillor of its Grains and Fodder Committee. She lives on a farm near Owen in SA’s Mid North with her husband and four children.
Director and General Manager
M: 0419 783 436
Deanna is a journalist, editor and communicator specialising in primary production, natural resources and agripolitics.
In 2016, she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study communication and engagement methods to improve the understanding of agriculture – both in rural and metropolitan audiences. As part of the fellowship, she will travel through the United States, United Kingdom and Canada and develop a report for the Churchill Trust.
Deanna’s broad media experience includes both regional and metropolitan media across Australia. She has a rare mix of agricultural knowledge, political experience and communication ability, gained through her role as an adviser in the Premier’s Media Unit, working with the Minister for the River Murray and Water Security during the millennium Murray-Darling Basin drought.
She is a former editor of South Australia’s rural weekly the Stock Journal, and was a national commodity journalist specialising in the sheep and wool industries, writing for all the Fairfax rural weeklies, including The Land, Stock & Land, and Farm Weekly.
Deanna is an award-winning journalist and has previously been recognised as the South Australian Rural Journalist of the Year and the Australian Young Leader in Rural Journalism, a national award recognising leadership potential in agricultural journalists. Her writing was awarded internationally as part of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists’ award for reporting of sustainable agriculture.
Deanna holds a Bachelor of Journalism and a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and maintains an active membership with the organisation.
Deanna and her husband Steen Paech farm in South Australia, cropping cereals, pulses and oilseeds, and running sheep and “a handful” of cattle over 4000 hectares at Palmer.