Key Staff


Mick Keogh

Executive Director

Background:

  • Executive Director, Australian Farm Institute
  • Previously, General Manager Policy, NSW Farmers’ Association
  • Worked for ten years as an agricultural management consultant, for both private and public sector clients
  • Previously, research officer at University of NSW
  • Obtained a BSc and MSc in Wool & Pastoral Sciences at University of NSW
  • Currently Chairman of the National Rural Advisory Council, and Member of the CSIRO Sustainable Agriculture Flagship Advisory Committee
  • Grew up on, and continues to be involved in a mixed-farming enterprise based in southern NSW

Role:

  • Oversee the functioning of the Institute and its staff

Richard Heath

General Manager Research

Background:

  • Director of Nuffield Australia Farming Scholars.
  • Previous to AFI was Associate Professor of Agronomy and Farm Management for the University of Sydney responsible for managing their North West Farms group.
  • Served for six years on the Northern Panel of the Grains Research and Development Corporation advising on research prioritites for the Australian grains industry.
  • Owned a consulting business advising on the application of new technology in Australian Agriculture.
  • Travelled on a Nuffield Scholarship researching precision application of fertiliser.
  • Grew up on a family farm on the Liverpool Plains and was part of the family business for 20 years following university. Was responsible for the cropping operations of the farm.

Nicole Day

Research Officer 

Background:

  • A career extensively involved with agriculture, which has included rural and regional philanthropy, farm consulting, agricultural sales and marketing along with farm work
  • Holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Agriculture, The University of Adelaide, Roseworthy Campus, and a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture, University of Sydney, Orange Campus
  • Grew up on a mixed farm in the Mallee of South Australia

Role:

  • Carry out research studies and compile reports on a range of farm and agriculture related issues

Mark Henry

Project Officer

Background:

  • Prior to working with the Australian Farm Institute, Mark was a Graduate Project Engineer with Larpro Projects
  • Mark has a Masters of International Economics and Finance from the University of Queensland, and graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Majoring in Civil Engineering) from the University of Queensland

Role:

  • Provide analysis and collation of agricultural trade data. Compose case studies in workforce capacity of foreign and domestic agricultural sectors

Sally Beech

Publications Designer and Editor

Background:

  • Sally has worked in publications design and editorial for over 15 years
  • Her previous employment includes roles as Studio Coordinator at AGSM, Editorial Assistant at UTS and Designer/Illustrator at Science Press
  • Sally grew up in Canberra

Role:

  • Design and edit publications, and manage the Institute website

Kylie Smith

Communications and Administration Officer

Background:

  • Kylie has worked in a variety of roles including Studio Coordinator and Graphic Designer at KPMG Consulting, Sydney Water and Walker Books
  • Kylie grew up in Canberra

Role:

  • Coordinate conferences held by the Institute 

Tracey Bligh

Administration Officer  

Background:

  • Tracey is originally from Burnie on north-western coast of Tasmania
  • She has worked in a variety of roles for both the Commonwealth Bank and TNT couriering services

Role:

  • Look after members and subscribers and to provide administration support to Institute staff