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 2019 with the appointment of new terms and new members.
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 has held a range of board and governance roles across primary industries. He has previously Chaired the boards of Auscott Limited, the Australian Farm Institute, and Career Harvest Inc. David is also a previous 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 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.
John Fairley is the CEO and owner of Country Valley Milk, which produces, processes and bottles milk, yoghurt and cream with a team of 26 staff. John is a passionate dairy farmer and enjoys working with teams to improve business operations. He has a strong focus on marketing (especially through social media) and often represents the dairy industry in the media.
After graduating from Tocal College in 1976, John worked on the family farms (dairy and beef), before completing a Bachelor of Applied Science (Systems Agriculture) at the University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury. On completion of his degree, John managed the family dairy farm at Picton before starting Country Valley in 2004.
John is also a Councillor of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW and is on the Cheese and Dairy Committee.
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 Bachelor of Agricultural Economics from UNE and is a Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Program which he completed in 1999.
Duncan is currently a Director on the Board of the Skills Service Organisation, Skills Impact. He is also the previous Chair of the Sheep Industry CRC and the Implementation Steering Committee of the National Wild Dog Action Plan.
Duncan owns and manages "Narringa", a 9750-hectare pastoral and irrigation property near Hay, NSW, producing wool, sheep meat, rice and wheat.
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 the current Mayor 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.
Lindy represents NSW Local Land Services on the Tocal Advisory Council and is current Chair of Hunter Local Land Services.
Lindy has over 25 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 extensively in education. Lindy is current Chair of the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association and a Director of Sugar Research Australia. Lindy was a CEO of the Horticultural Research and Development Corporation, Plant Health Australia, Newcastle City Council and Singleton Council. Her many previous Directorships includes Agri Futures Australia (then the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation), New Zealand’s Crown Research Institute of Horticulture and Food and the Central Queensland University’s Campus Management Services.
Lindy holds a Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education and a Master of Business Administration.
Together with her husband and three children Sandra owns and operates a beef cattle, sheep and irrigation enterprise near Booligal on the lower Lachlan River region of NSW.
Growing up on a Merino sheep property on the Monaro, Sandra studied Agriculture at University of Western Sydney before working in the veterinary and agricultural animal health industry in sales and marketing.
Sandra has a keen interest in developing pathways for younger generations to gain a start in primary industries. In 2014 she co-developed the Hay Inc. Rural Education Program to address the challenge of reduced numbers of young people entering or staying in agriculturally dependent communities.
Sandra was the winner of the 2017 NSW-ACT Rural Women’s Award and is the Founding Executive Director: Hay Inc. Rural Education Program. She is also a member of the National Rural Women Coalition, Networking the Networks Advisory Group and is the Hay Branch President of the Isolated Children Parents’ Association.
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.
Vicki is a partner in Llanver farming enterprises based at Narromine. She has been involved in the family mixed farming operation for more than 20 years, growing wheat, canola, cotton, chickpeas and lupins, along with cattle and sheep. Vicki has a particular interest in agribusiness and governance, and has held roles supporting both the farming sector and community, including the Macquarie Groundwater Management Committee.
Vicki holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and is passionate about agribusiness and strengthening the business of farming through best management practices, business systems and strong governance.