GenAngus Speaker Line-up 18-20 March 2020

We are excited about the line up of presenters that we have planned for our participants and we will list just a few here to give you a taste of what to expect.

Alan Deacon, ACHMEA AUSTRALIA – ‘Risk and Liability’

Allan Deacon is the Business Development Manager for Achmea Australia. Across a deep and rich history spanning over twenty years, Allan has worked in agricultural insurance with major insurers, brokers and clients. Allan has also worked on properties in Quirindi NSW and was also the manager of a country branch for a major broker in Tamworth, NSW. Allan spends his spare time playing golf, mowing his 5 acre block and shuttling his three boys between their numerous rugby commitments. Allan is committed to keeping farmers farming through Achmea’s insurance solutions.






Isobel Knight, PROAGTIVE – ‘Succession’

Isobel Knight is a succession planning specialist and has been the owner and a director of Australia’s leading family farm succession planning business Proagtive for the last decade. Isobel is a mother of three, has degrees in business law and psychology and is a trained counselor and mediator.

Isobel was awarded the 2013 NSW-ACT Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award and National Runner up. Isobel’s association with family farm businesses stems backs to her family’s farm near Junee and now Loomberah NSW where she and her husband Rod run a cattle-trading enterprise. Being part of two family farms and experiencing firsthand the challenges of planning for the future has been the catalyst for Isobel’s interest in farm succession planning.

Isobel’s passion is to ensure that the next generation has an opportunity to participate in agriculture and believes a lack of succession planning is costing farming families, rural communities and agriculture dearly. Isobel has worked closely with hundreds of individual farming families. This remarkable level of training and experience sets Isobel apart from anyone else in the field of succession planning.


John Francis, Holmes and Sackett – ‘Beef Benchmarking’ & Business Finance

John Francis is farm business management consultant with over ten years’ experience in agricultural consultancy and a further fifteen years’ experience in production agriculture (agronomy).

John is a competent business manager and has a proven understanding of the drivers of profitability in agriculture. John works at a strategic and tactical level with corporate and family farm asset owners and managers.

John has developed a number of business-related workshops and is the co-author of AgInsights.


Diana Wood, Marketing and Communications Manager Angus Australia – Marketing your Product

The Angus breed is in Diana’s blood, she grew up on parents property at Coonamble NSW where Outwest Angus has been run since its inception in 1989. Diana’s grandfather is a life member of Angus Australia.

Diana is a product of the Angus Youth program having been an Angus Youth Ambassador in 2002 and involved in the Angus Youth Management Committee in subsequent years. In 2004, Diana won the Angus Youth National Judging Competition and subsequently studied at the University of Illinois in 2005 on a scholarship as the award for winning that competition.

Diana has completed a Bachelor of Economics with a Marketing Major at the University of Sydney and has worked as a Marketing and Administration Assistant at the Balmain Leagues Club, as a Breedplan processor at ABRI, Executive Office at Murray Grey Beef Cattle Society, Marketing Assistant and Marketing & Communications Manager at Angus Australia.

Given her involvement in the Angus Youth program, Diana has a passion for supporting youth in agriculture and believes it is integral for the up and coming stars of the beef industry to be provided access to the tools which can help them succeed, in particular in the areas of marketing and communications.

Julien Prosser, Slight Edge Consulting – ‘Mindset’

Julien Prosser has been a business performance consultant based in Sydney for the past 12 years. Growing up in country W.A. he moved to Perth for his education in Economics and Finance before moving to Sydney to pursue a sporting career. He has a unique perspective on business and personal performance having represented Australia in three consecutive Olympic Games in beach volleyball.

In his career in business performance consulting, Julien has worked in all sectors of the economy from start up enterprises through to numerous ASX 200 listed companies. His passion is in helping leaders, teams and individuals find and repeat the small disciplines that lead to sustained personal and business success.

Alastair Rayner, Rayner Agalia – Finding your market

Alastair Rayner owns and operates RaynerAg, an agricultural advisory & consultancy service specializing in livestock production.  Alastair established RaynerAg in 2013 following a 17.5 year career as a District Livestock Officer (Beef Products) with NSW DPI.

Alastair has been closely associated with the beef industry throughout his career.  In addition to his primary role in beef industry extension, Alastair was a member of the 2nd Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging team, Senior Vice President of the Beef Improvement Association of Australia and is currently a Councilor and member of the Cattle Committee of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW.

In developing RaynerAg, Alastair has undertaken work across Australia and internationally.  He has delivered training in livestock handling, cattle selection, farm business management and drought management.  His overseas work includes working to oversee supply chain compliance in Malaysia.

Alastair is highly regarded for his industry knowledge.  He has been invited to judge Royal Shows in Sydney, Brisbane and Toowoomba.  He currently contributes the weekly genetics updates for Beef Central, the industry’s online news service.


Matthew Reynolds Angus Australia – Herd Improvement with Genetics