Meet Our Directors

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Philip Hawker
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Philip Hawker has worked as an Agronomist for over 25 years both in Western Australia and Victoria. He has held various industry roles, the last being the Manager of the Victorian and Southern NSW Elders Agronomy team from 2000 to 2005. Philip has an Honours Degree in Agricultural Science from the University of WA and is a graduate of the Williamson Community Leadership Program. He lives with his family at Beaufort on a property which they farm. Philip is the Business Manager – Agronomy & Client Services for Western AG.

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Ashley Miller
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Ashley Miller has an Agricultural Degree and an extensive career in private enterprise. He is a current board member of AgLink, and previously a board member of both the Aerial Agricultural Association of Australia (AAAA) and the Victorian Agricultural Chemical Advisory Committee (VACAC). He has worked as an agricultural pilot and company manager for 25 years both in the Western District and Wimmera regions in Victoria. Ashley is the Business Manager – Operations for Western AG.

Meet Our Agronomists

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Gerard O’Brien
Manager – Agronomy Development

Gerard O’Brien obtained an Applied Science (Ag) Degree from VCAH Dookie in 1990. He has worked on several broadacre mixed farms in the Western District before commencing as an Agronomist firstly in Ballarat in 1998 and then later at Skipton. He commenced employment at the inception of Western AG and continues to provide agronomic services to a loyal client base. He has a keen personal interest in pastures and livestock, as well as his passion for broadacre crops.

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James Jess
Manager – Research & Technical Services

James Jess completed a Bachelor of Science (Ag) at Melbourne University (Dookie) before commencing with the Birchip Cropping Group (BCG). Over three years, as a technical officer and field agronomist, James conducted field trials involving barley agronomy, resistance management, nitrogen and fungicide management, as well as various trials in precision agriculture. James has been a Western Ag Agronomist since August 2009 working in the Skipton, Derrinallum, Willaura, Cressy and Bannockburn areas.

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Ashley Perkins
Senior Agronomist

Ashley Perkins has over 20 years experience as an agronomist. Ashley started at Jeparit in the Southern Mallee in 1990, before moving to Inverleigh in the Western District in 1997. He has vast experience with raised bed and broadacre cropping, pasture renovation including lucerne in the Western District. He lives at Bannockburn with his wife and two children.

Finance & Administration

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Paul Barker
Finance Manager

Paul Barker is the company Finance Manager, a role that involves all financial aspects across the Western AG business. He has a Commerce Degree and is a Fellow of the National Institute of Accountants. Prior to joining Western AG, he has held Finance Manager positions in private organisations in the Western District for 10 years and also worked for a Chartered Accounting firm in Warrnambool for 5 years.

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Frances Reid
Derrinallum

Frances Reid joined Western Ag’s finance and administration team in 2019. Her role is primarily in accounts receivable and administration duties.  Frances moved to South West Victoria from Canberra in 2017. She holds diplomas in Business Administration and Business Management, and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Finance. Frances has a wide range of experience in private enterprise, including hospitality, plastic fabrication, finance and administration, and sales. Prior to moving to Victoria, she worked for Pistol Australia as their financial officer and magazine editor

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Christine O’Flaherty
Derrinallum

Christine O’Flaherty joined Western Ag in 2015 as a member of the Finance and Administration team. Her work involves accounts, invoicing, data entry and customer service. Christine is originally from south west Victoria and has returned home after 16 years in Queensland. She holds a degree in Commerce and has extensive experience in the banking sector and also worked in the Finance Department of Queensland Treasury.

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Judy Miller
Derrinallum

Judy Miller is also a member of the Finance and Administration team. Her work activities are mainly involved with Accounts Receivable (A/R) and fiscal audit. She has worked extensively in private enterprise and brings over 40 years of account and finance management experience to the group.

Branch & Merchandise Managers

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Brad Everett
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Southern Regional Manager

Brad Everett has a local farming family background and has worked within the agricultural retail Industry for the past 17 years after starting out in an aircraft support role for Western Aerial. He is well known throughout the Western District by both farmers and key Suppliers to the business. He has held the role of Merchandise Manager since the company began operations in 2005 and his main responsibility now is the Western AG Derrinallum Branch Manager.

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Pat Doquile
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Bannockburn

Pat has been employed in the agricultural industry for over 25 years, with the majority of this time selling all types of rural merchandise to wholesalers and retail clients. He has held various roles with Corporate Ag companies since the early nineties, including Merchandise Manager, State Inventory Manager and a Regional Merchandise Manager role. He has a great understanding of the local area and has been providing advice on animal health and general merchandise for a number of years.

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Karl Drever
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Ballarat

Karl Drever has been involved in the agricultural industry for over 22 years. Being brought up on the land, Karl started in the industry with Stephen Pasture Seeds and, after 18 years there, ended up in a Sales Manager role with experience in all regions of Victoria and the South East of SA. The past 5 years has seen Karl work as a Pasture Specialist in the Ballarat Region. Karl brings a wealth of knowledge to Western Ag and is keen to build and continue lasting relationships with local growers from the new Ballarat Store.

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Aaron Starick
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Derrinallum / Willaura

Aaron Starick grew up in the Wimmera and has been working in the agricultural industry for nearly 15 years, with most of that spent in the animal health and merchandise side of the business. After being in the Wimmera for 12 years, he made the move south to take up the role as merchandise and animal health specialist at our store in Derrinallum. Aaron has a wide range of farming knowledge which is essential to our business.

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Mark Hoffman
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Northern Regional Manager

Mark Hoffmann comes from a rural background and has worked in the agricultural retail industry for 15 years after starting out his career as a product salesman. He is well known throughout the Wimmera and has worked in Horsham as the Merchandise Manager for several agricultural companies before taking a position as Branch Manager for Western AG when the company began operations in Horsham in April, 2010.

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Gary Hall
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Nhill

Gary has spent his whole life in the Nhill area and has worked previously for Lowan Whole Foods. He has been with Graincorp since 2006, in the role of Grain Services Manager, and was responsible for operations at Nhill, Kaniva, Lillimur and surrounding sites. Gary has a high level of expertise and experience in local farming. His attention to detail and commitment to follow up and solve farmer’s issues are of immense benefit to local growers.

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Damien Pilgram
0427 619 670
Bordertown

Damien is a well-known Bordertown local who joined the agricultural sector in 2005. Prior to this he worked for a tarpaulin manufacturing business locally for 8 years. He is passionate about customer service and has a high level of expertise in Animal Health and General Merchandise products. He has all round knowledge being across both the crop protection and fertiliser range also. Outside of work, interests include basketball, skiing and all sports in general. Damien is married with three daughters and is a proud supporter of the Essendon football club.

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Katrina Ridgway
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Kyneton / Avenel

Katrina Ridgway has recently moved to the North East region of Victoria based in Avenel. Katrina has been involved in the rural industry for the past 24 years and started her working career in the rural industry with on-farm bookkeeping, before taking on a livestock operations role for a local Tasmanian meat processor.  After taking a short break to start a family, she recommenced her career working in rural merchandise and sales for TP Jones in Tasmania, with a focus on Animal Health and Whole Farm Production. Katrina has been a member of the Western Ag team for several years and is excited to be managing our new store in Kyneton and meeting new clients. 

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Troy Kollegger
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Bannockburn

Troy Kollegger has lived in the Bannockburn region all his life and has been employed in the agricultural industry for over 15 years. Troy has vast experience in Branch and Merchandise Management within the agricultural market where he really enjoys forming lasting business relationships with Suppliers and clients. Troy has broad agricultural product knowledge and specialises in animal health and general merchandise products.

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Danny Ansell
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Kaniva

Danny has lived in Kaniva since 1989 and was previously employed with Elders in Kaniva for over seven years, prior to this he worked on a broadacre cropping farm and as a shed builder. Danny’s interests include cycling and AFL having previously played for Kaniva Leeor United Football Club, he has continued to support the club as a past committee member and currently runs for the A grade team. Danny is married with two daughters aged seven and five.

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Tim Wilson
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Hamilton

Tim has a strong background in agriculture which started on his family’s sheep and cattle property at Penhurst, in the Western District. For the past 8 years, Tim has been employed by a local farm supplies business, with a focus on animal health, general merchandise and fertiliser sales/logistics. Tim resides in Hamilton and has strong interest and involvement with local sport and enjoys motorbike riding on & off road.

Logistics

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Steven Booley
Bannockburn

Steven Booley is a local farmer from Inverleigh who has lived in the region for 40 years. He has a wealth of experience in growing irrigated and dry land lucerne and also produces quality prime lambs. Steven is a qualified plumber by trade, but prefers and enjoys working on his farming enterprise and contributing to Western AG.

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Mark Davis
Nhill

Although born at Mortlake in the Western District Mark has spent most of his life in the Wimmera at Nhill. Prior to taking on the Merchandise role with Western Ag at Nhill in 2018  Mark had over 35 years experience working in various Warehouse, Merchandise and Sales positions. Mark’s wife Paula runs her family’s broad acre cropping farm and they have two daughters and a son. Mark’s family share a passion for sport having been involved in Football, Cricket, Tennis, Golf, Netball and Basketball teams at Nhill and Horsham. Mark also has a real passion for the Mighty Hawks

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Anthony Fabris
Bordertown

Anthony ‘Fab' Fabris lives on a farm 30kms south of Bordertown in Western Flat and has done so for the past 20 years. Fab and his wife, Denise run a Murray Grey cattle stud called 'Beeamma' on the property. Fab and Denise have 3 kids, with the oldest 2 in the workforce whilst their youngest has just completed year 12 studies and is off to Adelaide for further studies. Fab has previous experience in the rural retail industry having worked for Castec Rural Naracoorte, and Elders Padthaway some time ago. In recent times he has been the Bridgestone Manager and Spare Parts Manager for local business, Wickham Flower. Fab and his family enjoy the farm and agriculture life, water skiing, camping and himself follows the Swans in the AFL.

Animal Health & General Merchandise Specialists

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Geordie Elliot
Hamilton

Geordie Elliott is from Breakaway Creek in SW Victoria. After studying beef and sheep production at Longreach Pastoral College in QLD, Geordie has worked in a multitude of sectors of the livestock industry. He has held various roles in commercial, stud and feedlot operations throughout the entire East Coast of Australia. More recently, Geordie held a Territory Management role for a livestock supplements company managing all aspects of ruminant nutrition within grazing systems. Geordie has won several scholarships and attended study tours of the cattle and sheep industries in North America and the United Kingdom. In his free time, Geordie, and his partner Crystal, run the Corumbene Brangus and Prairie Falls Murray Grey studs on their farm “Oak Park” in SW Victoria.

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Alana Edwards
Bordertown

Alana works within the Bordertown Branch in a Merchandise Sales and Administration role with a particular interest in Animal Health, she is looking forward to working closely with the Animal Health team and growing her knowledge. Alana grew up in Melbourne, yet has always been surrounded by and passionate about Agriculture with her family fine wool Merino sheep property 40km South of Ballarat. This inspired her to complete an Advanced Diploma of Agriculture and Diploma of Agronomy at Longerenong Ag College. Currently residing on her husbands family property 15km East of Bordertown, she has a range of interests enjoying the outdoors she loves weekends spent in Grampians, health and fitness, loves to socialise and travel.

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Jonty Brown
Kaniva

Jonty grew up in the Kaniva area and attended Kaniva College. During high school Jonty completed his Cert III in Agriculture at Longernong College as a school-based apprentice and spent 5 years working on a local farm.  Jonty then moved to Adelaide where he spent the next 5 years in the Civil industry before heading back to Kaniva and following his passion by joining Western AG in 2018 as an Animal Health and General Merchandise specialist. When not at work Jonty enjoy riding dirt-bikes, skiing, playing footy for the mighty Kaniva Leeor Cougars and is an avid Richmond supporter.

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Chris Leeson
Bannockburn

Chris grew up on a small sheep farm at Birregurra but got his passion for agriculture after spending weekends growing up on friends’ farms. His first jobs out of Secondary school was at Lidgerwood Seeds and working on potato farms around Birregurra. Chris the attained his Certificate 3 in Turf Management in Melbourne before travelling to the UK to work as a Landscape Gardener. He worked in the landscape and construction industry’s before obtaining a job with Landmark Colac in 2013. He then transferred to Landmark Bannockburn in 2014 where he worked in merch for 5 years. More recently Chris was Sales Manager at Lidgerwood Seeds before joining the crew at Western Ag in Bannockburn. Chris played football for Birregurra for over 15 seasons and currently plays cricket and golf at Birregurra as well as enjoying mountain biking, music and gardening. He lives with his wife and 3 kids and Is a diehard Melbourne supporter.

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Janette Densley
Naracoorte

Janette has lived in the SE of South Australia all her life and currently resides in Kingston SE with her husband Joe. Janette has over 18 years’ experience within the agricultural industry including 12 years within the Animal Health and Rural Merchandise segments. Janette has held various positions with Resellers including Merchandise Management and Sales and, more recently, Animal Health technical roles. She has a sound knowledge and a very strong passion for increasing client’s profitability through better animal health and nutrition practices.

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Emily Clothier
Horsham

Emily has always been involved in the agricultural industry, growing up on a Sheep Station near Pooncarie, NSW. Emily has recently completed an Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management and a Diploma of Agronomy at Longerenong College and is now working at our Western Ag branch in Horsham. Emily has a strong interest in Animal Health and Nutrition and enjoys working with clients to achieve the best results for their livestock. She is currently living in Gymbowen VIC, with her partner Ollie, and enjoys helping out at her family farm on weekends.

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Brayden Mckay
Kyneton

Brayden is employed in our new Kyneton store as our Merchandise Salesperson.  Brayden has been involved with sales for the past 13 years, most recently at Sydney Tools.  Brayden has a passion for his clientele and is looking forward to learning new products, procedures and creating great customer relations. Brayden lives in Woodend with his wife and two children and when he is not working loves motorbike riding, playing golf and watching the footy. He is a proud Essendon supporter.

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Raquel Tyler
Ballarat/Kyneton

Raquel grew up in the Western District and Wimmera and has a strong practical agricultural background including working on farm and operating her own livestock pregnancy scanning business. She began working for Western AG at our Horsham Branch and has recently moved with her family to Bullengarook, where she continues to be part of the Western AG Animal Health team looking after clients in the Ballarat and Macedon Ranges area. Raquel is excited to be part of the new branch development in Kyneton and is looking forward to building and continuing lasting relationships with local producers to achieve the best possible results from their livestock production. Outside of work Raquel and her family enjoy Campdrafting, travelling to events across Victoria and interstate.

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Samantha Lees
Derrinallum

Samantha joined the Western Ag team in 2018 as merchandise Sales and animal health. She Grew up in the Wimmera on a sheep, cattle and cropping property where Samantha loved spending all her spare weekends when home from boarding school. Samantha loves animals and could never see herself without having a pet or working with livestock. Whenever she can get a chance, she’s out riding her horses and loving the life on the land. Samantha now lives in the western District with her partner Gerard.  Samantha competed in the Worldskills challenge and won gold for her region in and went on to represent Victoria in Perth for Agriculture.

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Glenn Gray
Willaura

Glenn grew up on sheep property in Woorndoo in South West Victoria and lives in Mortlake with his wife and 2 children. He is an active member of his local community and has spent most of his adult life in committee and management roles with both the local Football Netball clubs and the local Cricket clubs. Glenn originally worked for Western Ariel and Western AG in logistics roles as well as a period of time working in the tyre industry and at a rural merchandise store in Tatyoon. He has also worked in hospitality for nearly 25 years. Glenn has extensive merchandise knowledge and has recently taken on the role of Merchandise Sales and Logistics at our Willaura branch where he is working together with the Agronomy and Animal Health team to service existing clients and to provide a service for our growing client base at Willaura and the surrounding areas

Service Centres

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Willaura

Brad and Tanya Haslett run a successful fertiliser spreading business called The Spreading Edge. Over the past 15 years, they built an honest and progressive business catering for the local Willaura community and beyond. In 2006, after earlier establishing the fertiliser facility on the Moyston - Willaura Rd, Brad formed an alliance with Western AG to assist in the supply of fertiliser in the area. The Willaura Service Centre now provides clients with the entire range of farm inputs and is a key asset to the Willaura farming region.