John Warlters – Chief Executive Officer

John was appointed chief executive officer in February 2020 having previously led Fairfax Media’s national agricultural business and being integral in the transformation and modernisation of its regional media assets in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Northern NSW. Previously, John was the editor and then general manager of iconic agricultural masthead Queensland Country Life. Throughout his media career John always championed the “bush” and agitated for a fair go for primary producers and their families. He has deep connections across the Australian agribusiness sector and a genuine affinity with rural and regional communities.

Megan Armstrong – Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Megan joined Rural Aid as the Company Secretary in May 2019 and as the Chief Financial Officer in July 2019, bringing over 20 years’ experience in finance, accounting, governance and business transformation. She is a Chartered Accountant with post-graduate qualifications in Corporate Governance. Megan has previously held roles as the CFO and Company Secretary for both listed and unlisted corporations. She was also a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 6 years, focused on finance and governance transformation across a range of industries.

Brian Morton – Operations Manager

Brian was appointed the Operations Manager of Rural Aid in October 2019. Coming from his previous role as Chief Operations Officer in a national agriculturally focussed construction company, he has a robust background in business management, operations management, human resources management, strategic planning, people leadership and culture change management. He has extensive experience in building and developing strong teams and a history of implementing dynamic and effective changes to organisational operations. His career began when he joined the Australian Army at 17 years old and went on to serve for 20 years deploying numerous times overseas until his discharge in 2008. Brian sees his role as a continuation of a journey started many years ago within the defence force, just that instead of deploying overseas, he now directly supports Australians, in particular Farmers and Rural Communities.

Jaimie Robertson – Acting Fundraising, Marketing and Communications Manager

TESTIMONIALS

“I wanted to take the time to write to sincerely thank you for your drought assistance. The gift cards that you sent were very much appreciated. As we are about to go into 8 years of drought with minimal to no useful rain in the past 2 years, things have been extremely difficult and it is also difficult to express how much the assistance / support is appreciated. Please pass on my sincere thank you to the citizens and businesses that have contributed to Rural Aid.”

Ray Bennett

“Very much appreciated and very helpful. Cannot tell you how much this helps with trying to maintain our breeding ewes as we go into winter.”ted and very helpful. Cannot tell you how much this helps with trying to maintain our breeding ewes as we go into winter.”

Barry and Helen

“Words can’t express our gratitude for the support of ‘Rural Aid’, something we have never considered before. We have always ‘got by’, but our family suggested we apply for this. We are overwhelmed by this generosity, thanks again.”

June and Darryl Joe Kong

“We just want to say a big thank you for the financial assistance that Rural Aid has recently given. We are extremely grateful and it certainly does make a difference.”

Sally Archibald