Expressions of Interest

Independent Director

The Tasmanian Farmers & Graziers Association (TFGA) is the peak body representing Tasmanian farmers. Our role is to advocate on behalf of our members to ensure that the challenges that face Tasmanian farmers do not go unanswered, and that our members can operate their businesses in an unfettered and sensible manner. As the leading advocacy body in Tasmania we are uniquely placed to assist our members to achieve positive outcomes for their farms and their families. The ongoing support for Tasmanian family farms is one of the cornerstones by which the TFGA operates. We are passionate about securing the future for Tasmanian farmers.

The Board of the TFGA is made up of ten Directors of which eight are Elected Directors and two are appointed Independent Directors. In accordance with the TFGA Constitution the organisation is seeking expressions of interest to fill two vacant Independent Director positions.

About the Role

The Board has responsibility to work with the management team in achieving the objectives of the organisation, particularly in the areas of Governance, Strategic Planning and implementation.

Individual skills and expertise

Success will require individuals who are focussed on industry outcomes, conduct respectful and robust discussions, and are independent thinkers. We are seeking true leaders, ideally with Board experience. It is desirable that the incumbents have graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Company Directors Course or similar, and therefore have a sound understanding of Board and organisational governance and accountabilities, as well as financial literacy.

It is vital that you have strong communication skills and can work within a team environment to achieve the best outcomes for TFGA.

Independent Directors with experience in any of the following are encouraged to apply:

  • Corporate Governance
  • Legal
  • Marketing and/or communications
  • Human Resources

Expressions of Interest should be forwarded to reception@tfga.com.au, or submitted in writing, marked ‘Confidential’ and addressed to The Board, TFGA, PO Box 193, Launceston, TAS 7250 by 9am, Monday, 6th July 2020

For a confidential discussion in relation to these vacancies or to request a copy of the TFGA Constitution and Strategic Plan, please contact Marcus McShane, Chairperson on 0418 770 851

The TFGA is governed by a board of 10 Directors; one from each of the three telephone districts in Tasmania, one from each of our five commodity councils and two independent directors. Each Director serves a three-year term, which is staggered between the three categories of Director.

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Marcus McShane


Marcus McShane and his wife Diana run a mixed farming operation in the Midlands of Tasmania.

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Ian Sauer


Ian has been actively involved in Agriculture, Natural Resource Management, Policy formulation, project development, management, and community development over the past thirty years

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Andrew Beven


Andrew is a practical person with trade background. He holds an Associate Diploma in Agriculture and an Advanced Diploma of Business Management and has spent 11 years in management roles for William Adams Pty Ltd and Hazell Bros Group, working at middle, senior and executive management levels.

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Matt Ryan


Matthew and his wife Trish are partners in their own farming operation, which includes potato and vegetable production, other cropping (poppies, cereals and pyrethrum), livestock and broiler production.

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Andrew Aldridge


Andrew is a second-generation dairy farmer currently share farming 440 cows at Branxholm in the picturesque North East of Tasmania, along with his wife Jenny and their 4 young boys. 

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Corey Spencer


Corey is a 4th generation farmer at Bracknell in the central north of Tasmania. He also, along with his wife Janelle runs an Ag contracting business specializing in silage, hay and harvesting small seed crops.

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Marie McDonald

Marie has been involved in the rural industry for over 18 years. In 2013, her family relocated to Tasmania, and purchased a 640-acre property at Highclere, approximately 20 kms from Burnie.

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Alastair Cameron

For the last 20 years Alastair has run a mixed farming operation near Cressy. A mixture of dryland and irrigated cropping, the operation produces cereals, pulses, linseed, poppies and hemp.