Board and Team

Mandy Horton (Chair)

Mandy Horton owns and manages a family farm with her husband Ron near Delegate on the Southern Monaro.  After graduating with an Associate Diploma in Farm Secretarial Studies, she worked as a free-lance farm administrator and finance manager around the Monaro, giving her an in-depth knowledge of this regions wide variety of farming businesses.  Mandy has always been involved in the management and everyday operation of the family farming business, which focuses on a self-replacing merino enterprise with some prime lambs and trading cattle.  Her skills and knowledge are primarily in this area of farm management, especially  farm financial management and livestock production systems.

John Jeffreys

John is a 5th generation farmer on the Monaro. He received his Bachelor of Agribusiness from the University of Sydney and now owns and operates Delegate Station Pastoral Company with brother, Will. Delegate Station primarily breeds and finishes prime lambs in addition to cropping. John volunteers for the Bombala Junior Rugby League and supports various community organisations.

Lisa Phillips

After studying Ag Science at Sydney Uni, Lisa came home to help out on the family farm at Jerangle for 6 months. 35 years later, she has now raised her family on that same farm.

She is a fierce advocate for young people (particularly women) pursuing careers in Agriculture and has been known to shout “Girl Power” in the paddocks.

Darcy Larritt

Darcy is a member of the younger generation of farmers at the beginning of their agricultural careers on the Monaro. After graduating with a Bachelor of Agriculture/Bachelor of Business Degree from the University of New England, Darcy returned to the family business which operates grazing properties near Cooma on the Monaro and Tooma in the Upper Murray Valley. Darcy manages the business operations alongside his father James and has a keen interest in both wool and beef production systems.

Brad Yelds

Hugh Kater

Hugh is a business and sustainability professional with over 18 years experience in various business development, management and technology commercialisation roles in Australia and overseas. Hugh’s family have been farming at Bombala for 6 generations and he recently returned to the district to run the family business. He runs the farm part-time, while also continuing his off-farm job at CSIRO. Some of Hugh’s agricultural interests include integration of ecosystem services into productive agricultural enterprises, drought management strategies and weeds management strategies on non-arable grazing lands. Hugh holds a Masters degree in Environmental Management from the ANU, a Diploma in Agribusiness from Marcus Oldham College, and is proficient in Chinese. Hugh is currently Treasurer of the Bombala Cricket Club and supports various other community organisations.

Julie Schofield (Industry Director)

Julie is a Director of Boyce Chartered Accountants in Cooma, NSW.
Julie has a long history with Boyce, joining in 1998 as a Cadet whilst completing a degree in Business (Accounting and Business Management) through Charles Sturt University, via distance education.
Julie grew up on the family farm near Boorowa and has always had a keen interest in rural affairs. She sits on the board of the Agricultural Societies Council of NSW which is the body that governs the country shows in NSW.
Julie spent three years assisting to produce the firm’s Grazing Comparative Analysis report and has also been involved in training clients in the use of Phoenix accounting software.
More recently, Julie has completed further study to become authorised to provide strategic superannuation advice to clients. She is passionate about providing the highest level of service to clients and excited to be able to make a difference to their lives through superannuation planning.

Richard Simpson (Industry Director)

Richard Simpson is a scientist based in Canberra with CSIRO Agriculture and Food. His research has spanned many areas of pasture production including issues of management, botanical composition, feeding value for livestock, plant nutrition and fertiliser use.  He has provided agronomic support for the development of tools such as GrassGro which are used widely in Australia’s grazing industries and is co-author of a soil phosphorus management package (Five Easy Steps…). His recent research has been focussed on improving the effectiveness of fertiliser use, the phosphorus-efficiency of grassland production, soil biology and root health, and grazing land capability and sustainability with the objective of lifting productivity and sustainability of farm management practices.

Sally Martin (Industry Director)

Sally grew up on a grazing property on the Monaro and studied Ag Science at UWS Hawekesbury and Post Grad studies at UNE and Sydney Uni focusing on Genetics and Animal Breeding. 

Sally’s career has taken a number of paths, working with NSW DPI for approximately 20 years to now running her own consultancy business since 2011 based out of Young NSW that services commercial breeders, ram breeders and service providers with a current client base ranging across Australia and internationally.

Sally has extensive experience and knowledge working with livestock production systems, advising seed stock and commercial breeders about on-farm management, animal health, genetic selection, reproduction and integrating with other enterprise demands.  Sally has delivered key industry extension and research programs, with a key emphasis on navigating ways to take the science and find practical implementation solutions.

Shawn McGrath (Industry Director)

Shawn is an academic and livestock production researcher based in Wagga Wagga with Charles Sturt University. Shawn grew up on a grazing property at Tumbarumba in the South-West slopes. He studied agricultural science at Sydney before working with Elders for 8 years in their branded meat supply chain programs and agribusiness banking. He then switched careers, completing a PhD at Charles Sturt University and has continued at Charles Sturt as a researcher and academic.  He is the current Director of the Fred Morley Centre and is a Senior Research Fellow in the Gulbali Institute at Charles Sturt University. Shawn’s research focusses on beef and sheep production systems and has included systems research projects as well as more focussed projects on livestock mineral and vitamin nutrition, drench resistance, welfare, lamb feedlotting and application of agtech in livestock production. He is also an active member of the Australian Association of Animal Sciences, having served in NSW branch and on federal committees.

Frances Lomas (Executive Officer)

Frances holds a GradD Business Administration, she is a certified member of the Australian Human Resources Institute and is a qualified Mediator.  She began her career in the former Bombala Council, before moving out of the area to enhance her skills and knowledge within local government. Since that time, Frances has held senior positions with the peak industry bodies of the Law Council of Australia and the Australian Medical Association primarily in governance, compliance and human resource management. 

Growing up on the Monaro, she is aware of the challenges facing the region and is passionate about the opportunities that can exist for rural and regional areas in Australia.  She sits on the board of the Bombala & District Chamber of Commerce and is an active member of the community.

Rebecca Kading (Finance Manager/Project Officer)

Rebecca has been a part of the MFS team for almost five years. She lives in Delegate and her family has a long history of farming in the area. She is an experienced administrator and bookkeeper and is currently working towards her Diploma of Accounting. She volunteers as the treasurer of the Delegate R.S.L sub-Branch along with various other community organisations and also has three young children to keep her on her toes.