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.

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.

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 and manages RFM’s investor and adviser services team.  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.

Tim Sheridan

Chief Operating Officer

Tim Sheridan joined RFM in 2008 as a Graduate Analyst and in 2018 was promoted to 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 continues to advise the Cattle JV business and provides ongoing advice and support for financial and agricultural due diligence associated with new ventures. Tim has worked on several projects including large acquisitions and corporate restructures.  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. Tim led a team which analysed new and existing projects.

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

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.

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.

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.


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.