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.  As of 30 June 2018, RFM manages over $840 million of agricultural assets.

On a day-to-day level, 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.

Stuart Waight


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, he oversees RFM’s asset management activities including the direction of the National Managers of Poultry, Almonds, Cropping & Livestock and Cattle.  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 major) from The University of Newcastle and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

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.

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.

Daniel Edwards

Business Manager – Rural Funds Group and RFM Almond Projects

Daniel Edwards joined RFM in January 2005 and has over 16 years of experience in the financial planning and funds management industry, including four years as a Financial Planner.

Daniel has been closely involved in fund and asset development projects, including the development of almond orchards and chicken infrastructure projects.  He manages leases with the major counterparts, RFM’s water resources and the development of new assets.  Daniel is a member of the RFM Unit Pricing Committee and various RFM Due Diligence Committees for the development of new projects and offer documents.

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

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

Tim Sheridan

Executive - Acquisitions and Cattle

Tim Sheridan joined RFM in January 2008 as a Graduate Analyst, and in 2014, was promoted to the role of Business Manager where he was responsible for the analysis of both new and existing projects, utilising his practical knowledge of the industry and family livestock background.  Tim’s role as Business Manager included overseeing RFM Farming’s livestock operations, budget management and reporting, along with development of annual budgets and management of forecasts.

In March 2016, Tim was appointed to the role of 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. Tim is responsible for the financial and operational management of this entity.

In April 2018, Tim was promoted to RFM’s Executive team where he overseas Cattle JV operations.

Tim continues to provide advice and support in respect of the financial and agricultural due diligence associated with new ventures, reporting directly to the Managing Director, David Bryant. Tim has worked on several projects including large acquisitions and corporate restructures. In his role, Tim is required to liaise with both operations staff and corporate advisers.

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