RCS is built on a solid base of highly skilled staff and support network with hands on experience within the agricultural industry.
In addition to our full time staff, RCS has access to an extensive network of technical experts and researchers that are available for targeted projects. This arrangement allows the organisation to remain flexible to the requirements of the market and maintain up to date with an ever-changing industry.
Dr. Terry McCosker OAM
Terry is an internationally acclaimed teacher and has worked in research, extension and property management in both government and private sectors for almost 55 years.
In his research era, Terry published over 40 papers and made several world-first discoveries in the 1980s in the fields of bull fertility, ruminant nutrition and pasture ecology. Terry co-founded RCS over 35 years ago which has set the benchmark for capacity building in rural and regional Australia. He is responsible for the introduction of the GrazingforProfit™ School into Australia which now has over 8,000 graduates and has changed grazing, livestock and business management nationally. Terry has chaired the Australian Beef Expo, has sat on numerous advisory committees and has been nominated for many awards.
Terry was described in the Australian Farm Journal editorial in July 2010 as follows: “It is hard to imagine the mental toughness and commitment McCosker and his early farmer adopters had to muster to withstand the flood of criticism from within conventional agricultural science circles. … McCosker’s ideas took farming out of a war with nature to an association with it. He introduced Australian farmers to the concept of ecosystem health and developed methods of measuring it alongside financial health. Critically he introduced the concept of farm family well-being and welcomed female partners, siblings and parents into courses about decision making.”
Chief of Delivery
David joined the RCS team in 2007 with a very strong background of achievement. David is a member of a grazing family from western Queensland and completed his Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons 1) at UQ Gatton.
He has high level hands-on experience in practical application of RCS principles via starting as a RCS client on a north Queensland cell grazing and breeder operation. David’s high level analytical skills and broad skill set put him at ease everywhere from the board room to paddock.
David became General Manager in 2012 and Chairman in 2018. He continues his role as a sought-after educator, consultant, facilitator and public speaker across Australia. David is also responsible for the management of ProfitProbe™, the RCS benchmarking and business analysis program.
Chief of Guidance and Strategy
Adam was born and raised in Far North Queensland. His family upbringing fostered a strong appreciation for agriculture and the natural environment.
Professionally, Adam has developed a full spectrum of business, management and people skills through experience in the Finance, Environment, Emergency Management and Civil Construction sectors.
Over the last five years, Adam has supported the growth of RCS by guiding the organisation in leadership roles, whilst building strategic collaborations in both public and private sectors. Adam is dedicated to guiding a dynamic and passionate RCS team and connecting growers and graziers to emerging opportunities.
Chief Bean Counter
An integral part of the lively RCS team, Michelle’s origins are in central Queensland, where she earned a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) at CQUniversity. Michelle first joined RCS in 2007 and was with the company for four years before moving on to work as an accountant with a Yeppoon accountancy firm. Michelle has since returned to RCS and, in her role as Finance Manager, is responsible for managing the company’s accounting and finance functions.
Chief of Support
Kelly is the eldest daughter of Pam and Terry McCosker, and as such has grown up with a unique insight and respect for RCS. After completing high school and business studies, Kelly has worked for more than 15 years across the hospitality, fitness, finance and health industries. Most of her roles involved the delivery of projects, events or training to both clients and staff.
A previous Project Coordinator for Medibank and Wedding Coordinator for Rydges, Kelly enjoys working with all involved to ensure an excellent product and experience is delivered to clients and colleagues alike.
Growth Link, Consulting & Succession Team Leader, Facilitator
Jo has a background in the IT and education sectors, a degree in Business, and brings a wealth of international and local experience to RCS. She joined the team in 2014 and looks after the Succession, Consulting and GrowthLink programs.
Jo is also a facilitator for the GrowthLink and ExecutiveLink™ programs. Having grown up in rural Queensland, Jo also has an appreciation for, and connection with the land.
Advisor, Facilitator and Coach
Nic Kentish hails from near Mt Gambier, South Australia, and has a lifetime’s experience in the old and the new, introducing cell grazing and intriguing management systems to his farm in 1999. Nic is passionate about empowering family farming and regenerative grazing. After leaving school, went onto jackerooing across Australia, was overseer for a cattle development project in Vanuatu, and has been head-stockman aboard livestock ships delivering sheep, cattle and goats.
Nic has now settled on a farm in the Adelaide Hills with his wife Alexi and three children, Nic runs a farm management consultancy as well as farm construction business and delivers agricultural coaching within his community. Nic is a graduate of the ExecutiveLink™ program, has coached and facilitated for ExecutiveLink™, has taught the GrazingforProfit™ School, and trains Low Stress Stockhandling Schools.
Teacher, Principal Advisor and Facilitator
Matt is a fifth generation farmer in central NSW and began working with RCS in a part time role in 2007. At University he studied accounting and finance, completing his Bachelor of Financial Administration in 1987. He worked in the financial markets in Sydney and held the role of Corporate Treasurer for a mid-level miner before returning to agriculture in the mid 1990’s. While in Sydney he completed a post-graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment and his professional accounting qualifications.
On returning to agriculture one of Matt’s first endeavours was to re-educate himself on industry best practice and there his partnership with RCS began. After completing GrazingforProfit™ in 1996 and during ExecutiveLink™ Matt implemented strategic changes to his business and along the way became involved in the early adoption of pasture cropping. He used pasture cropping for both cash cropping and ecological regeneration, incorporating sheep and cattle in the off season. In conjunction with RCS, Matt help develop the Farming&GrazingforProfit™ (F&GFP) school in 2007.
Matt brings a number of attributes to the RCS team. His time in Sydney has provided experience in the corporate and investment sectors of our economy. This insight is important as Australian agriculture embarks on a period of investment and corporatisation. Matt is able to able to engage and advise at the operational level and investor/corporate level. Matt’s time in agriculture and RCS involvement has added cropping into the RCS framework. His on ground understanding of the economic and ecological pressures facing cropping and mixed farming add an important dimension to the RCS team.
Teacher, Coach, Advisor and Facilitator
After completing a Bachelor of Applied Science in Rural Management through the University of Queensland, Andrew returned to the family farm where he ran a successful dairy operation with his parents near Murgon in the South Burnett. Later this operation was converted to a beef trading enterprise. In recent years Andrew has worked part-time in developing and implementing Quality Assurance programs in Agribusiness.
Today Andrew and his wife Katie continue to live on the family property and run a commercial beef trading enterprise. As a graduate of ExecutiveLink™ and the RCS Rural Profit System, Andrew has a passion for the regenerative grazing principles that he practices daily. He brings this passion to his part-time consulting where knowledge and appropriate management can reduce inputs and improve profitability and balance in people’s lives.
Teacher, Northern Advisory Coordinator and Coach
Jess and her husband purchased their first piece of land in 2010, and since then, they have completed the RCS GrazingforProfit® twice, attended the Business Fundamentals Workshop and graduated from the RCS Next Steps and ExecutiveLink® programs.
Jess has also hosted and completed the Natural Sequence Farming 4-day workshop, attended a Nicole Masters 2-day workshop and completed a Low Stock Stress Handling course. Her background in teaching for 12 years has led her to a love of learning and driven her to find as much information as she can about running a profitable business whilst improving the ecology of the land they are custodians for.
Jess previously worked for MaiaGrazing as the Support Manager for two years, giving her a great understanding of data and how to turn that into meaningful information for producers. And she is now using her passion is to assist others in creating their own vision and transform the Australian landscape for generations to come in her roles as an RCS teacher, coach and Northern advisory coordinator.
Senior Advisor, Coach and Facilitator
NSW-based advisor James Barnet joined RCS in March 2015. James and his wife Tina are GrazingforProfit™ and ExecutiveLink™ graduates who, having sold their property at Guyra in northern NSW where they had spent 14 years developing the property using RCS principles, moved to Yeppoon for a number of years before relocating back to their home state in 2019.
James has a strong background in family and corporate agriculture. He was brought up in a family operation in north western NSW and later the New England. With a background in measured performance selection in sheep and cattle he was able to expand on his experience when he managed a large merino breeding enterprise at Coonamble for AA Co. He updated the wool marketing strategy and implemented changes to infrastructure and to the breeding program. Later he managed Clyde Agriculture’s expansion into prime lambs at Walcha.
James was with AACo for 12 years managing properties in north western NSW and western Queensland. He also oversaw station management as a Regional Manager on properties ranging from Ayr to Windorah. Later, as General Manager for Livestock Logistics he was responsible for co-ordinating livestock movements within the company and the timing of turnoff and preparation of livestock budgets. James also participated on the AA Co stud breeding panel in the early days of the company’s composite breeding program.
Decades of hands on experience allows James to provide practical professional advice and mentoring to clients right across Australia, empowering them to transform their businesses and lives.
Senior Advisor and trainee teacher
Michael is a fourth-generation grazier who grew up on a mixed cropping, irrigation and livestock farm in the Riverina, Southern NSW. After spending a couple of years as a Jackaroo in the Riverina, he attended Marcus Oldham College, Geelong and completed his Mid-Year working in a grazing business near Hamilton in the Western District VIC. He joined the family business upon graduation in 2004. In 2010 he completed Holistic Management training with Bruce Ward and stated planned grazing in 2011. Having a love of breeding cattle, he established an Angus cattle stud Old Man Creek in 2016. The business is member of a management group consisting of 8 families that all practice holistic management and meet every six weeks since 2012.
Michael has served as a member of Holbrook Landcare Network and Murrumbidgee Landcare Inc. This led to the opportunity to be employed as the first Regional Agricultural Landcare Facilitator for Riverina Local Land Services in 2018. During this time, Michael facilitated and coordinated many training programs that provided land managers opportunities to transition mixed farming business to regenerative Agriculture, something he is very passionate about. He completed the Farming and Grazing for Profit school in 2018. Michael, along with his wife Heliose and three children continue to run their property in the Riverina. Michael joined the RCS team in 2021 as a Senior Advisor and is in training to be an educator.
Teacher, Advisor and Facilitator
George grew up in north-western Qld on a station where his parents, graduates of the GrazingforProfit® School, ran a cattle trading enterprise under a time-controlled rotational grazing system.
George has extensive experience across several industries and locations, from working on large scale breeding blocks in the Gulf to the channel country in Central-Western Queensland. He joins the RCS team from Goondiwindi, where he spent two and half years working on a large irrigated cotton and dryland cereal cropping farm along the Macintyre River. His primary roles within RCS include teaching, ProfitProbe® analysis, facilitation and advisory.
George is committed to developing resilient, productive and profitable farming and grazing businesses that support happy, healthy rural communities.
Advisor – Soil Health and Soil Carbon
Kerrie joined the RCS team in 2016, bringing with her both commercial agronomy and on-farm experience gained through her work with private family businesses through to large corporate organisations, across many parts of the country.
Kerrie profoundly believes rebuilding soil health is vital to regenerating farm businesses, rural communities, human wellness, and the environment. She finds unlimited inspiration through her role at RCS, where she helps landholders develop and implement strategies for growing healthy, carbon-rich soil.
With a thorough understanding of soil carbon projects under the Australian Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund, Kerrie leads the RCS Soil Carbon team and provides land management advice and support for producers who are undertaking or considering a soil carbon project on their land.
Coach, Advisor and Facilitator
For the past 30 years, Raymond has managed the family-owned grazing properties in North and North-West Queensland. A client of RCS since 1990, Raymond and his wife Jeanette later completed the ExecutiveLink™ program in 1998.
Raymond has delivered training in cattle and property management to certificate course students as an instructor with Rural Industry Training and Extension. He worked as facilitator and coordinator with Dalrymple Landcare, and has previously been an associate consultant and GraduateLink Coach with RCS. In 2014 Raymond completed a Master of Rangeland Management through the University of Queensland. Raymond and his wife and Jeanette now live, work and graze from Southbrook on the Eastern Darling Downs.
Leanne spent her youth on Cape York Peninsula, learning about Aboriginal languages, bush tucker and lore. She became fascinated with the natural environment and the relationships people have with it and trained as an ecologist at James Cook University.
Leanne’s career has taken her across four World Heritage Areas, numerous national parks and marine parks, through outstanding Defence training areas, to working with farmers who have stewardship of outstanding natural areas. She fell in love with cattle by accident and ran a small herd of commercial Murray Grey breeders for 10 years in South-East Queensland.
Leanne loves working alongside farming families and rural communities to promote sustainable agriculture that achieves great outcomes for farmers, their businesses, conscious consumers, and the environment. She’s passionate about partnerships, where multiple parties combine resources and talents to create meaningful outcomes that exceed what each party could achieve individually.
Principal Advisor and Facilitator
Prior to returning to farming in 1984 Garry worked as a corporate advisory consultant in London & Sydney. After a few years of farming conventionally he attended a GrazingforProfit™ in 1992. This started a journey with RCS and with further education in general, and lead to a substantial change in the way in which the farms and the farming business was managed. Along the way Garry has been extensively involved in community affairs. He has been Chairman of the North West Catchment Management Committee, President of local beef marketing group, Double B Beef, a Director of Banksia Beef which marketed beef into South Asia, founding President of local community group Bingara & District Vision 2020, and Chairman of the Steering Committee of The Living Classroom.
Garry is passionate about the future for rural Australia, and in particular for smaller communities. He brings a wealth of experience to RCS from a wide variety of fields. He has an ability to get to the essence of a problem or of an opportunity, and to understand what will work, and what may not.
Garry and his wife Linda are graduates of just about every bit of education facilitated by RCS including the ExecutiveLink™ program. He is a very experienced practitioner of the holistic farming practices recommended by RCS, and is a teacher of all RCS courses. He is one of few experienced enough to facilitate the 7 day GrazingforProfit™ School. Garry also consults on farm, facilitates at ExecutiveLink™, and is experienced in succession planning.
Garry and Linda recently sold their farming properties and now live in Bingara, Northern NSW where they remain very active in the local community.
Coach and Facilitator
Tamara grew up on a sheep and cropping property near Condobolin in Central NSW. She has completed her Bachelor in Natural Resource Management and Masters in Agriculture through UNE, Armidale and on completion of university, she was lucky to then spend the next 13 years in QLD. She took on various project officer roles with Landcare and Natural Resource Management groups in Surat and then Wondai, before beginning with RCS in 2005.
Previously, as part of the RCS team, Tamara has filled several different roles including, teaching, consulting and ProfitProbe™. She was also privileged to be able facilitate board meetings at ExecutiveLink™ in the mid to late 2000s.
Now, after a short stint away and moving back down to NSW, Tamara has re-joined the RCS team as a Next Steps Coach in order to continue her passion for further education and quality training and learning.
Teacher and Advisor
Henry grew up on a family cattle property in the Central Burnett area of QLD. He studied at university in Brisbane, and now currently manages Dukes Plain in central QLD, which he leases from a resource company, with his wife and three young children.
At Dukes Plain, Henry manages a time-controlled grazing system on 3425 ha using the RCS grazing principles. The property is certified organic and he trades organic and conventional dry cattle. Here he has also learnt different approaches to vegetation/biodiversity retention and the practical application of biodynamics and radionics.
Henry is a graduate of the GrazingforProfit™ School, ExecutiveLink™ Program, multiple RCS Grazing Clinics and KIT days, as well as Low Stress Stockhandling and KLR Marketing schools, Quantum Leap 1 and 2, Dawson Program and Biodynamic workshops.
Henry has joined the RCS team as a facilitator, coach and teacher to follow his passion to help others use the knowledge and skills available through RCS to take control of their business and achieve what they want in life.
Principal Advisor and Facilitator
Claudia Power did her first GrazingforProfit™ in 1996, followed by ExecutiveLink™ from 1996-2000. She has a Masters degree in Agricultural Science and worked as an Extension Officer for 11 years in the Qld Dept of Primary Industries before moving back to the bush.
She and her husband, John, ran sheep and cattle on two properties in the Richmond and Winton districts until health issues resulted in their “semi”-retirement to Townsville in 2006.
Claudia has done facilitation and consultancy work for RCS since 2000. She specialises in the “people issues” such as succession planning, visions and goals, but has also done her share of property development, poly laying, droughts and low prices.
Senior Advisor and Coach
Born and bred on a property near Goondiwindi, Tom returned home with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UQ to be sole operator of the family sheep, cattle and cropping enterprise at the age of 20. Tom and Jan became clients in 1993 and were members of ExecutiveLink™ for six years along with completing all other courses RCS had to offer. Putting GrazingforProfit™ principles into action, they developed an increasingly profitable business while markedly improving the land and productivity under grazing cells. Tom has first-hand knowledge of the difficulty in applying professional management principles along with gaining enormous benefits from the results.
Tom has extensive experience in people issues through training with Alan Parker, Lyn Sykes and Landmark Education along with experience in investing off farm in shares and real estate.
He focuses on ways to make people’s goals work. Tom values integrity, loyalty and authenticity in all aspects of life.
Now a part time consultant based in Southern Queensland, Tom is passionate about economics and grazing management and is also involved in facilitating Working on the Business meetings, coaching RCS Next Steps and ExecutiveLink™ members, and working with clients on development plans.
Margaret Bridgeford is the retiring CEO for RCS P/L. Margaret took the reins of RCS as CEO in July 2004. She came to us with an already established profile and experience that complements the RCS position in the marketplace, with a blend of business, agriculture and education.
Margaret’s previous industry position was Chairman of the Qld FarmBis State Planning Group as producer representative. Margaret has formal training in both psychology and business.
Margaret is retaining her involvement and interest in RCS and is working in a part time capacity as a facilitator trainer and co-ordinator for several RCS programs. It was through Margaret’s vision and capabilities that the RCS International Conference in 2010 was lauded a huge success by all participants and guest speakers.
Andrew lives west of Rockhampton on 3500ha along the Fitzroy River with his wife Meagan and has been based there since 2000 when they entered a family partnership after some 15 years working in various roles with his mechanical trade.
Over the last 16 years, Andrew, along with his family, has changed the country they own and manage from a traditional set stocked operation to a more intensive time controlled system. This transition has allowed Andrew to gain experience in property mapping, layout and installation of water and fencing infrastructure, management and monitoring techniques and a complete turnaround in livestock handling.
As part of a recent change in roles and responsibilities, Andrew has decided to join the RCS team in a new capacity as a Next Steps Coach. He will be using his invaluable experience to help guide and advise the next group of farmers and graziers on how to successfully and profitably run regenerative agricultural businesses.
A desire to understand and implement breeding and grazing systems has always been a passion for Hugh whilst managing agricultural and pastoral properties around Australia, but it did not fully click until Hugh did his first GrazingforProfit™ in 1997 at Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley. Further RCS training was added over the years, with Marketing for Profit, Applied Grazing, Pasture Cropping and Graduate Link, plus associated training with other like-minded organisations, including KLR Marketing, Low Stress Stockhandling, Right Mind International and Holistic Management.
Hugh’s initial education started at Marcus Oldham in Equine studies followed by Farm Management before venturing into management of intensive seed stock and extensive corporate pastoral operations in NSW, QLD, NT and WA. From his family operation on the New England to managing for corporates (Prudential, Stanbroke, Balmoral, Carpenter, Heytesbury), the focus on training and mentoring people has always been Hugh’s key to building successful teams.
Knowledge gained from applying regenerative practices for over 30 years under very different circumstances has highlighted the importance of being flexible and ready to adapt to changing environments. Hugh and his wife Shelly have applied these practices on their own property near Warwick over the past 15 years enjoying the benefits from a holistic context.
Hugh commenced with RCS in early 2020 providing support and guidance to family boards and companies.
Subtle Energy Practitioner and Senior Advisor
Subtle energy is the application of quantum physics
Kim Kiss has a longstanding connection to the land and rural communities. She and her husband Bryan have been running their rural business for over 30 years, which includes mixed grazing, trade sheep, a self-replacing cattle herd and meat bird poultry.
Based in Central NSW, Kim is an accredited Clinical Practitioner in Vibrational Kinesiology (Dawson Program) since 2010. She works with clients on both their own health, and the health of the landscape they live in.
Following her interest in the landscape, Kim furthered her skills under the teaching and mentoring of internationally renowned Geomancy practitioner Dr Patrick MacManaway. Over a period of two and half years Kim travelled with Dr Patrick MacManaway during his time in Australia, completing an apprenticeship in Landscape Subtle Energy.
Kim is available to conduct landscape subtle energy services on farm, at home or in your business. Kim also does remote energy work, and provides coaching for those looking to build their experience and confidence in the applications of subtle energy. Common applications of subtle energy include clearing imbalances, sourcing site locations, improving water, increasing fertility, removing negative geo pathways and advice on placement of new structures.
Subtle Energy Practitioner and Senior Advisor
Debbie is a graduate of RCS training and professional development including ExecutiveLink™. She is based at her property near Moura, QLD where she co-manages a cattle finishing/fattening enterprise.
More recently, Debbie has applied subtle energy knowledge to cattle and landscape and has developed a chemical free, welfare focused grazing management system. And, following her interest in the landscape, Debbie furthered her skills under the teaching and mentoring of internationally renowned Geomancy practitioner Dr Patrick MacManaway.
Debbie is available to conduct landscape subtle energy services on farm, at home or in your business. She also does remote energy work, and provides coaching for those looking to build their experience and confidence in the applications of subtle energy. Common applications of subtle energy include clearing imbalances, sourcing site locations, improving water, increasing fertility, removing negative geo pathways and advice on placement of new structures.
Coach and Facilitator
Judy and her husband Brian run a beef breeding and trading enterprise near Dysart in Central Queensland and have a share farmer managing their cultivation. They bought the property from Brian’s family in 1995, and have since undertaken a great deal of development and made a lot of changes to their management practices, converting from set stocking to time-controlled grazing. Judy says, “with Brian’s brother and our three beautiful girls, we have made a lot of differences to the health of the country and the health of our bank account.”
Apart from the business, Judy has also been teaching for 20 years, starting out as an accounting teacher and experiencing a variety of roles such as Learning Support coordinator, relief Head of Department and relief deputy principal. She has completed GrazingforProfit™, ExecutiveLink™, the RCS Grazing Clinic, Ruminant Nutrition, Low-Stress Stockhandling and has trained with Allan Parker through the Negotiator’s Toolkit (and other programs and courses as well).
We are pleased to have Judy join the RCS Team as a coach and facilitator.
Coach and Facilitator
Jim and his wife have run their property in partnership with his parents near Gympie QLD since 1996. In recent years they have developed their business into a mixture of cattle breeding, pasture seed production and hay production. Jim graduated the ExecutiveLink™ program in both 2005 and 2016.
He is passionate about sustainable agriculture, both from an environmental and business point of view. Jim joined the RCS team as a coach and has since added ExecutiveLink facilitator to his role. Jim enjoys guiding people and businesses with his experience and knowledge of regenerative grazing.
Garlone and her husband Jamie have been involved with RCS and regenerative grazing since 2000 and in the last 15 years, have navigated a tricky succession, developed a solid vision and done the pipe laying and fencing and training to enable a pretty flexible Time Controlled Grazing system that works for them, their land and livestock.
Garlone’s vision for agriculture is Healthy People (relationships, physically and emotionally) farming Healthy Animals (appropriate to the environment, naturally hardy, contented and productive) on Healthy Land (water trapping, soil growing, abundant and diverse plant communities supporting native and introduced animals). She believe the health and wellbeing of the environment, animals and people ensure long term financial wealth of the business.
Garlone has come on board the RCS team as a Next Steps Coach and will be helping and guiding current and future participants to create their own goals, visions and profitable businesses within a regenerative landscape.
Katie grew up on a mixed farming property in southern NSW and obtained a Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy) at CSU in 1998. She worked in this field for 10 years before deciding to concentrate on farming full time.
Both Katie and her husband Brad, currently live on a property in the Riverina district of NSW. They have both completed GrazingforProfit™ and followed with RCS Next Steps then ExecutiveLink™ and are also involved in a number of peer networks.
They take every opportunity to share their learning with those in their sphere of influence including hosting KIT Days, Farming&GrazingforProfit™ fieldwork visits, educational seminars and secondary school visits.
Katie has now joined the team as a coach and will be working with producers to implement change on-farm.
For the past 13 years, Catriona and her husband Kevin have developed and grown their beef cattle and farming property on the Fitzroy River north of Rockhampton.
Catriona grew up on a beef cattle and farming property near Moura, Central Queensland, and completed a Bachelor of Commerce at UQ. She has worked with Australian Agricultural Company (AACo) in the Northern Territory, and went on to complete their two-year graduate program, before working at management level. Catriona has experience in Research and Development, and marketing across QLD and NSW in cattle, sheep, feedlot and farming operations.
Having spent a couple of years overseas travelling and working within agriculture in Africa and the United Kingdom, Catriona and her husband began their own business in 2002. Since then they have completed GrazingforProfit™, GradLink, ExecutiveLink™ and the Applied Grazing and Ruminant Nutrition Workshops. They now live outside of Rockhampton with their 2 children on their property.
Vision and Goals Consultant, Facilitator
Katie, with her husband Andrew, are regenerative farmers, passionate about the health of their land and soils and how that relates to human health. As a grazier, graduate of ExecutiveLink™, and member of GrowthLink, Katie understands the importance of developing your vision and helping break it down into manageable goals that will be the stepping stones to your future. Katie combines her skills as a physiotherapist and coach with subtle energy to facilitate change and work with others to achieve their optimal health and life experience.
Nic is a third-generation grazier with a degree in IT and software development. For many years, he and his wife Carley ran a cattle and sheep operation near Longreach. Following Grazing for Profit, Nic and Carley graduated from ExecutiveLink in 2017. Nic is now based on the Sunshine Coast and specialises in supporting and developing RCS IT systems and software.
Tim has a background in global network infrastructure, IT, and media. Tim specialised in problem and solution management, with education in engineering and management.
Originally from Cambridge, UK, he has had a previous career in the Military and recently moved to Australia with his family.
He has joined the RCS team as the delivery coordinator. He is passionate about supporting change and clients receiving exceptional service.
Program Support and Research Assistant
Jane Barker holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Rangeland Management) from UQ. She has a high level of training and experience at a practical level on farm as well as technical work with AACo, experience with the Department of Natural Resources and insight into operating rural tourism businesses. Contract mustering will always be a sentimental highlight of her career and sharing her passion for the industry remains a constant throughout her life. Now a stay-at-home mum on 30 acres near Yeppoon, she enjoys pursuing the future of agriculture through RCS. Jane is available for background research, administrative and technical support.
Online Services Wrangler
Megan has a couple of roles at RCS including Team Leader for RCS’ coaching programs, and co-ordinating online platforms such as the RCS Global Learning Hub. Megan comes from an agricultural background and, having worked in the Central Queensland Region for most of her life, is very passionate about the industry. In addition to supporting our trainers and consultants, Megan handles client enquiries and helps ensure the smooth delivery of our training programs.
Alexandra de Blas
Alexandra de Blas is an award-winning science communicator who began working in the regenerative agriculture and carbon space in 2018. She has run de Blas Communications for over a decade – a boutique consultancy specialising in sustainability, with a focus on the environment, science, climate change and agriculture. During the eight years she presented and produced Earthbeat, ABC Radio National’s environment program, she received six international and national awards including The 3rd World Water Forum Journalist’s prize, Kyoto, Japan, and the United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Award.
She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Sydney, First Class Honours in Environmental Studies from the University of Tasmania and received the inaugural Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Award. Alexandra grew up on a farm in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley producing hops and superfine wool. Her media career began as an ABC rural reporter in Longreach, Outback Queensland.
Alexandra brings this wealth of experience and expertise to her role as RCS’ Communications Specialist starting in 2021.
Marketing & Sales Coordinator
Heather has worked in marketing in corporate, local Government and not-for-profit sectors. She has a Master of Business Administration – Marketing, along with various industry certificates. She brings this wealth of knowledge and experience to RCS in 2021 as our Marketing & Sales Coordinator and is excited to spread the word about RCS as a global agricultural education and advisory leader.
Even as a child Deann longed for the land, being amongst nature and open spaces, spending most of her holidays on a property that she vowed she would always return to.
Following on Deann has spent adulthood travelling overseas, experiencing different landscapes and living and working on properties, raring sheep and a small number of cattle for the dream of being self-sufficient. Now living in Yeppoon, Deann has kept her love of agriculture and a passion for a more productive and less disruptive land care movement by coming to work with RCS Australia. With an accounts background, she is here to mix her knowledge and a desire of earth preservation for a clearer and more stable farming and grazing future!
Nikki and her family come from Blackwater in Central Queensland where she has worked in the medical industry for the last 20 years. During this time she completed certificates in Business Administration and Retail Pharmacy.
Nikki joined the RCS team in 2021 as administrative support for our courses and events, and is now the Event Coordinator of our 7-day courses, the GrazingforProfit® and the Farming&GrazingforProfit School.
Amanda brings fresh eyes and extensive corporate experience in business structure, process and change management. She is known for being indefatigable and curious, with plenty of grit and determination, and for loving a good chat. Since deciding to be a farmer when she grows up, she has journeyed to properties throughout Queensland and New South Wales to learn whatever she can about all aspects of agriculture – from cropping to livestock to horticulture to agtech. This girl from a non-farming background seriously loves farming! She is inspired by nature-based solutions, and regenerative approaches in agriculture, which she believes can deliver positive outcomes for people and planet.
Amanda joined the RCS team in 2021 as the Event Coordinator of our short 1-3 day courses including the RCS Grazing Clinic, Business Fundamentals Workshop and Soil Solutions Workshop.
Supply and Stock Coordinator
Alysha joins RCS with an extensive background in managing people, stock, supplies, with outstanding customer service. She has a love of the rural way of life and enjoys spending her time growing her own produce. Alysha has a passion for gardening and particular in soil health. Alysha is also a Beekeeper, with hives in Rockhampton and Gogango. She lives in Rockhampton with her husband and two daughters.
Jodi has spent all her life in Central Queensland. Like many mining families, she moved around a lot before finding her place on a cattle property east of Middlemount, where she lived for many years. Her passion for helping people led her to become a nurse in her earlier years at the Mater Hospital in Rockhampton. Since then, she has gone on to study a Certificate III in Childcare and Education, Certificate II in Community Pharmacy and has worked in various administrative support roles throughout Queensland. She now lives in Rockhampton, close to her three beautiful daughters and one gorgeous grandson. Jodi has welcomed the opportunity to join the RCS team. She will combine her industry knowledge and her passion for helping people as the RCS Receptionist to ensure a positive customer experience for all.
Tina grew up on a mixed farming property in central NSW. She and her husband James are graduates of GrazingforProfit® and ExecutiveLink®. They have lived in a variety of places around Eastern Australia including Coonamble, Longreach, Guyra, Yeppoon and now Orange. Tina joined RCS in a part-time administration support role in mid-2020 which she really enjoys because she was already involved through James’ work. This also gives her the flexibility to be able to spend time with their children and grandchildren.
Support and Advice
Pam commenced with RCS in the mid 1980s prior to the launch of GrazingforProfit™ in Australia. After 21 years of supporting clients and various programs, Pam has recently “retired” from RCS but still continues to enjoy an ongoing support role with RCS.
Pam makes her valuable experience and expertise available to all staff and clients and assists with programs and projects when needed.
Senior Advisor and Facilitator
Mike is one of the pioneering leaders of regenerative agriculture in Australia. He has expertise in growing productive, profitable agricultural businesses within regenerative landscapes.
It’s more than 25 years since completing his first Grazing For Profit (1993, and again in 2003), then Executive Link, applying the principles learnt to operations that were subsequently benchmarked in the top 20% of Profit Probe. He has facilitated many Grazing For Profit schools and associated RCS courses across Australia.
Mike has had experience in broadacre farming, stud and commercial beef and sheep production, viticulture, irrigation and organic farming. He has over 13 years managing agricultural enterprises using holistic management principles, during which time he developed several properties and certified organic beef operations.
He has also developed a passion for human health and the role agriculture plays. This developed with the keen interest in how to produce, healthy, biological and productive soils without toxic chemicals.
Mike is also a Director of Healthy Soils Australia, an organisation dedicated to increasing the awareness of the vital link between healthy biologically functioning soil and human health. This has lead him to participate and presented at in many international forums on regenerative agriculture.
Mike, along with Kathy his wife, is also the owner of the successful Dubbo Health Food in Darling Street Dubbo where they also apply the Three Secrets of Increasing Profits.
Teacher and Senior Advisor
James has previously worked full time with RCS from 2000-2003 as a highly respected consultant and teacher. He has an Agricultural Science degree from University of Queensland and extensive practical experience having managed a number of properties (including Mt Gregory with 4000 breeders).
In recent years James has been teaching senior agricultural science syllabus and running certificate courses in rural operation and horse management. One of his students has recently been awarded the Prime Minister’s Award of the year for vocational studies in rural operations.
James still owns and manages his own commercial herd of breeders, and is involved in local community groups. In addition to this, James is currently a Consultant and Facilitator for RCS.
Senior Advisor and Educator
Margie Milgate has joined the RCS team as a Consultant and Educator and has established a new base for the RCS team in Brisbane. Margie will work from this shared office space in Woolloongabba with Avocados Australia and the Australian Mango Industry Association.
Margie has joined the RCS team with many years of experience in the intensive agriculture sectors and brings extensive industry and community networks to the current role. The focus for Margie will be to build stronger networks and business across industry sectors in Queensland.