The Tocal College Advisory Council is appointed to provide advice and assistance to the operation of the College. In particular, it provides recommendations on the education policy and direction of the College, the scope and relevance of its programs, and the training needs of industry and the community. The Advisory Council was renewed in 2015 with the appointment of new members and the approval of new terms of reference.
Margo Duncan owns and manages a 2,500 acre beef cattle property on the Williams River in the Seaham area of the Lower Hunter. Margo is the Chair of the Tocal College Advisory Council and has been a long-term active member of the Tocal Ex-Students Association (now part of the Tocal Alumni community).
After graduating from Tocal College in 1974, Margo worked for a local stock and station agent and managed a property with husband Bruce. They went on to establish successful businesses in irrigation, drilling and blasting (mining and civil works) and in supplying explosive storage facilities. As an experienced Shotfirer, Margo was on the Board of Examiners for Shotfirers with the Department of Mineral Resources for a number of years.
David Anthony is the current Chair of Auscott Limited, the Australian Farm Institute, and Career Harvest Inc. David is also a Director of the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre and a Councillor on the NSW Primary Industries Ministerial Advisory Council. He has also held Director positions with the Cotton Research and Development Corporation, Australian Cotton Growers Research Association and Cotton Seed Distributors (CSD).
David Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Uni Sydney), with First Class Honours and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). As an agronomist he has worked in irrigated cotton, grains and oilseed production for 40 years covering production, processing (ginning & vegetable oil extraction), warehousing & commodity storage, marketing and shipping. David has held various positions within Auscott including agronomist, farm manager, Namoi Valley General Manager, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman.
Duncan is a passionate advocate and a dedicated member of the agricultural community, with over 20 years experience with various state, federal and commodity agri-political organisations.
A former National Farmers' Federation president, in 2015 Duncan was made a Member of the Division (AM) in the Order or Australia for his significant service to primary industry, to professional associations, and to education and training. Duncan holds a B. Ag Ec (1977) from UNE and is Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Program which he completed in 1999.
Currently Duncan is Chair of the Sheep Industry CRC and also the Implementation Steering Committee of the National Wild Dog Action Plan and has recently been appointed to the Board of a new Skills Service Organisation, Skills Impact.
Duncan owns and manages "Narringa", a 9750-hectare pastoral and irrigation property near Hay, NSW, producing wool, sheep meat, rice and wheat.
Lindy represents NSW Local Land Services on the Tocal Advisory Council and is current Chair of Hunter Local Land Services.
Lindy has 20 years of leadership experience at board and CEO levels in the private and public sectors across Australia and internationally with a diverse range of organisations. Her experience spans three levels of government and includes a range of industries and subject areas. These include public sector leadership, organisational governance, agriculture, research and development, wine and tourism, local government and education. Lindy is current Chair of the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association and a Director of Sugar Research Australia. Her many previous Directorships includes a period with AgriFutures Australia (then the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation).
Lindy holds a Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education and a Master of Business Administration.
Reg Kidd is the NSW Farmers nominee on the Tocal Advisory Council. Reg has broad interests in agriculture, horticulture, natural resource management and education. He has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Education.
Reg is a long-term Councillor of Orange City Council and has held numerous board and committee memberships including Regional Development Australia - Central West region, Local Land Services, Landcare, Orange Community and Education Committee (OCTEC) and the State Noxious Weeds Advisory Council. Reg is also well known for his long-term ABC radio gardening program.
Christine is the Country Women's Association (CWA) nominee on the Tocal Advisory Council. She is an active member of the CWA and has held many positions at all levels of the Organisation. Christine is currently the Northumberland Group Representative to the State Executive.
Christine's background in teaching, agriculture (as a former small landholder in Bathurst), advocacy, and involvement in the planning and hosting of the 2000 Olympics is valuable in her role as member of the Tocal Advisory Council. She has now retired to the Central Coast and pursues her strong interests in education, health and environmental issues.
Darren is a graduate of Tocal College having obtained a Certificate, Advanced Certificate and Diploma in Agriculture.
For the past 18 years Darren has been the General Manager of Carwoola Pastoral Company, a mixed grazing business. He is responsible for managing and developing the business that consists of five properties and up to 12 staff on a seasonal basis.
In recent times Darren has also operated a rural management and consulting business.
Darren not only supports Tocal College through the Advisory Council, he has been a long-term host of students undertaking the Tocal off-campus program.
Sandy has operated a beef enterprise for the last 35 years, initially as a stud breeder, now concentrating on cross-breeding for vealer production. Her property has provided students from the local high school and university students with practical hands-on experience with preparing and showing cattle.
She co-ordinated the Farm Safe Program for the Mid North Coast NSW for many years, and for ten years was the president of the Wingham High school council providing input related to the agricultural aspects of the students' education on the school farm.
Sandy was the inaugural president of the local Land Care group, and is still actively involved in pasture and weed management trials and research with this organisation. She was a member of the Greater Taree City Council Flood Plain Management committee for several years, and has received service medals from the Rural Fire Service and the Volunteer Rescue Association.
Her focus within the Tocal Advisory Council is on providing a mental health perspective to the overall welfare of the students at Tocal as a reflection of her more than 50 years working experience in the field of Mental Health as a Clinical Nurse Specialist.
Richard ChaffeyAlternate Member
Richard is a farmer from Tamworth and has interests in cropping, beef cattle and sheep. For many years Richard also owned and managed a farm contracting business and shared his skills and experience through part-time teaching at TAFE.
Richard has been an active contributor to both industry and the community. This has included roles as Chairperson of the NSW Rural Industries Training Committee, Chairperson of Farmsafe NSW, NSW Farmers General Council and long term member, Group Captain of the NSW Rural Fire Service, Director of the Tamworth Cooperative and long term active member of Rotary.
Richard holds a Diploma of Agriculture from Tocal College and has undertaken technical and professional development training in sheep husbandry and wool science, business management, and engineering trade units.
Rod is a graduate of Tocal College and has worked in various farm management, overseer and development roles over a 20 year period with Glenroy Land Co and Dobikin Pastoral Co in Bellata, and Auscott at Moree.
In recent times, Rod has moved in to a role in vocational education and training as an instructor with Rural Training Queensland and as a Director of a Real Estate business.
Rod holds a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture and the Certificate, Advanced Certificate and Diploma in Agriculture from Tocal College. He also holds a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment. Rod has been an active member of Association in grains, conservation farming and education.