Management Profile

David Bryant

Managing Director

David Bryant established RFM in February 1997 and since that time has led the team that is responsible for the acquisition of large-scale agricultural property assets and associated water entitlements. RFM manages over $1.2 billion of agricultural assets.

David is responsible for leading the RFM Executive, maintaining key commercial relationships and sourcing new business opportunities.

David holds a Diploma of Financial Planning from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University and a Master of Agribusiness from The University of Melbourne.

Corporate and Operations Management Team

Daniel Edwards

National Manager - Rural Funds Group

Dan Edwards joined RFM in January 2005 and has over 18 years of experience in the financial planning and funds management industry, including four years as a financial planner.

Dan has been closely involved in fund and asset development projects, including the development of almond orchards, cattle properties, vineyards and chicken infrastructure projects. He manages leases with RFF’s counterparts and the development of new and existing assets.

Dan is the National Manager of the Rural Funds Group and oversees the business management of the RFM Almond Funds 2006, 2007 and 2008, as well as the 2007 Macgrove Project. In this role, Dan is responsible for the financial analysis, operational support, and day-to-day funds management of these entities.

Dan holds a Bachelor of Business (Agricultural Commerce) from the University of Sydney, a Diploma of Financial Planning from Deakin University, and a Certificate IV in Project Management.

Harvey Gaynor

General Manager - Farming

Harvey Gaynor is RFM’s General Manager – Farming, joining RFM in 2019 and reporting directly to the Managing Director, David Bryant. Harvey has oversight of RFM’s farming operations, providing business management and operational support to each of the National Managers of cattle, almonds, macadamias, cropping and poultry. Harvey is involved in identifying and evaluating potential acquisitions and development opportunities.

Harvey brings significant expertise to RFM, gained from more than 30 years of experience in agriculture, most recently as Chief Executive Officer of Australia’s largest integrated cotton grower, processor and export marketing business.  Over many years, Harvey has been a board member with other agricultural organisations and has participated in working groups, and held committee roles of industry associations, including the National Farmers’ Federation and the Australian Cotton Industry.

Harvey holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Hons) from the University of Sydney and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Harvey has completed the Australian Rural Leadership program and the Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership program.

Ben Leaper

Operations Manager - Cattle

Ben Leaper joined RFM in January 2016 as an Analyst and worked on development projects and day-to-day operations across RFM’s cattle business. Ben is currently Operations Manager – Cattle and is responsible for the leadership and overall management of RFM’s cattle business and the management of Cattle JV Pty Ltd.

Ben is responsible for maintenance of key relationships with customers and suppliers, property asset management, compliance control, and staff management across the cattle business.

Ben holds a Master of Commerce and Bachelor of Agriculture from Charles Sturt University.

Matthew Mitchell

National Manager - Cropping

Matthew Mitchell joined RFM in August 2003 and is responsible for the leadership and day-to-day management of RFM’s cropping businesses and the management of Cotton JV Pty Ltd, a joint venture operation between RFM and Queensland Cotton Pty Ltd. Matthew’s role includes on-farm management, the provision of agronomic advice on the Riverina and Arcadia Valley cotton operations, grain growing, and water delivery infrastructure management. Matthew also oversees RFM’s livestock activities on its cropping properties.

Matthew is responsible for financial and budget management, maintenance of key relationships with customers and suppliers, property asset management, compliance control, and staff management across the cropping and livestock businesses. Matthew also provides operational and advisory expertise to Cattle JV Pty Ltd, a wholly owned RFM subsidiary.

Matthew entered the cropping industry in 1994 after completing a Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture).

Scott Norval

National Manager - Macadamias

Scott joined RFM as National Manager of Macadamia operations in March 2016, concurrent with the Rural Funds Group acquisition of three macadamia orchards in Queensland. Scott is responsible for the leadership and overall management of RFM’s macadamia business including overseeing the day-to-day operation of the orchards located near Bundaberg, Queensland. Scott was responsible for the development of two of the orchards, and has overseen farming operations since their establishment in 2007.

Scott has extensive business and farm management experience in the macadamia industry and is a director of the two largest macadamia processing companies in Australia, Macadamia Processing Company and Pacific Gold Macadamias. Scott is also a director of Macadamia Marketing International, the world’s largest single supplier of macadamia kernel to the health food, snack, confectionary, ice cream, bakery and ingredient sectors.

James Powell

General Manager - Investor Relations and Marketing

James has worked in the financial services sector for 18 years, having spent seven years in the financial planning industry, including as a Financial Adviser in both national and boutique dealer groups. James first joined RFM as a Business Development Manager from 2006 to 2008, and returned in 2010 to take up the role of Investor Relations and Distribution Manager.

James is responsible for investor relations, marketing and distribution activities for both listed and unlisted investments.  James’s role focuses on the maintenance and development of key relationships to increase awareness of RFM’s investment products and opportunities.  He is also part of the product development team responsible for the design and development of new products.

James holds a Master of Business Administration (Executive) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University, a Master of Personal Financial Planning from the University of Southern Queensland and a Diploma of Financial Planning from Deakin University.

Scott Roxburgh

Business Manager

Scott Roxburgh joined RFM in 2010 and is the Business Manager responsible for Rural Funds Group’s financial modelling, investment due diligence, and management of its water portfolio. Prior to this role, Scott was a senior analyst in RFM’s investment team and was active in acquisitions, asset development, and corporate restructuring.

Scott has over ten years’ experience in the financial services and investment management industry, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of Canberra.

Tim Sheridan

Chief Operating Officer

Tim Sheridan joined RFM in 2008 and is RFM’s Chief Operating Officer reporting directly to the Managing Director, David Bryant. Tim oversees RFM’s Human Resources, IT, Compliance, Client Services and Investor Relations teams. Tim also advises the Cattle JV business and provides ongoing advice and support for financial and agricultural due diligence associated with new ventures. Tim’s role requires him to liaise with operational and corporate staff, corporate advisers and external parties.

Tim has previously been RFM’s National Manager – Cattle, overseeing Cattle JV Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of RFM, which operates large scale cattle breeding, backgrounding and finishing properties in Queensland. During this time, Tim was also responsible for acquisitions within the Rural Funds Group, which included negotiating long term leases with third party counterparts leading a team which analysed new and existing projects. Tim has worked on several projects including large acquisitions and corporate restructures.

Tim holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Banking and Finance) from the University of Canberra.

Adriaan Shields

National Manager - Poultry

Adriaan joined RFM as National Manager Poultry in June 2004 and is responsible for the leadership and overall management of RFM’s poultry business. Adriaan’s role includes overseeing the day-to-day operation of thirteen farms in Griffith, New South Wales and four farms in Lethbridge, Victoria. A key aspect of Adriaan’s role is managing RFM’s relationships with chicken meat processors and contractors who assist growing the birds.

Prior to joining RFM, Adriaan was a Farm Manager with Bartter Enterprises for four years. Adriaan holds a Degree in Agriculture from the University of Orange Free State in South Africa and has extensive farm management experience in the dairy, cattle, sheep and cropping industries.

Kristina Smith

National Manager - Human Resources

 

Kristina Smith joined RFM in March 2006 and is responsible for providing a range of services including strategic and operational human resources advice, the development of policy and procedures, health, safety and environment (HSE), IT systems support and facilities management. Kristina regularly visits RFM’s regional locations, liaising with staff and management on human resources and HSE matters.

Kristina holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Southern Queensland, a Certificate IV in Project Management, a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, a Certificate in Governance & Risk Management and is compliant with RG146 – Managed Investments (General Advice). Kristina is also a Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (CAHRI).

Emma Spear

Company Secretary

Emma joined RFM in 2008 and is RFM’s Company Secretary, overseeing the team responsible for compliance, governance and risk functions for RFM and its related entities. Emma also manages RFM’s investor and adviser services team.

Prior to this role, Emma was a senior member of RFM’s Finance team, responsible for tax planning and advice and various tax submissions for both RFM and the Funds it manages.

Emma holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the Australian National University. Emma is admitted as a Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of the ACT, is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, and a member of CPA Australia.

David Thomson

Senior Business Manager

David joined RFM in 2007, and has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry including 10 years as a Business Banking Manager with a major Australian bank.

Since joining RFM, David has been involved a wide range of areas including financial analysis of new acquisitions and existing assets, project and asset management support to National Managers, and managing the banking and insurance requirements of RFM.

David is the Business Manager for RFM Poultry, Cattle JV Pty Ltd and Cotton JV Pty Ltd.  David is responsible for the financial analysis, operational support, and day-to-day funds management of these entities.

David holds a Bachelor of Business (Banking & Finance) from Charles Sturt University.

Stuart Waight

Executive Manager

Stuart Waight joined RFM in 2003 bringing extensive financial management experience in the accounting profession and in the commercial sector, including his role as a Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of a publicly listed company.

Stuart has a broad commercial and operational role within RFM providing a link between farm management activities, the Operations team, and the Corporate and Finance sections of RFM. As part of this role, Stuart provides high-level support to the Poultry, Almonds, Cropping & Livestock and Cattle businesses.  Stuart is also responsible for RFM’s borrowing activities, including the relationship with financiers.

Stuart is RFM’s joint company secretary.

Stuart holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from The University of Newcastle and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Daryl Winter

National Manager - Horticulture

Daryl Winter joined RFM in October 2005. Daryl’s role includes leadership and overall management of RFM’s horticultural activities. Daryl has played a key role in the development of the almond orchards owned by the Rural Funds Group, with a total area of approximately 4,900 ha (1,814 ha mature and 3,100 ha under development). Daryl also provides technical expertise and support to RFM’s macadamia growing activities.

Daryl brings to RFM a wealth of horticultural experience. Daryl’s knowledge encompasses cultivation processes, plant nutrition, micro-irrigation systems, soil maintenance, and pest and disease management.

Daniel Yap

Financial Controller

Daniel joined RFM in 2012 and has worked in the financial services industry for over twelve years, including six years with Ernst and Young where he worked with a range of clients including real estate investment trusts, not for profit entities, construction and infrastructure services clients, property development and hospitality clients.

Reporting directly to RFM’s Managing Director, Daniel manages the Finance and Accounting team which oversees and reports on the financial performance of both the RFM business and the funds that RFM manages. Daniel also manages the taxation aspects of each of the funds managed by RFM.

Daniel is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) from the University of Sydney.