RFCSNQ Management Committee RFCSNQ Management Committee

 RFCSNQ Management Committee was established in 2016 at the commencement of the new RFC contract

Rick Britton and his photographer wife Ann, own and operate cattle breeding enterprises in Queensland’s North West, residing just outside of Boulia, at Goodwood Station.

Rick has a significant demonstrated experience in public administration, leadership and governance, along with a lifetime of knowledge of primary production in some of Australia’s harshest climate. He is a passionate community advocate and through his role as Boulia SC Mayor he has developed an intimate understanding of the needs of communities, both rural and non-rural.

In both his local government, RAPAD and business interests, Rick actively pursues professional development opportunities.  To further his knowledge of governance and administration, Rick has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course. Read Rick's full bio here


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Rob Chandler has lived and worked in the Barcaldine area and in the wider Central West of Queensland all his life. Married to Deb Chandler, she and Rob have 3 children. Phoebe, Emily and Mac.

Rob has experience through his life in primary production owning and running an 80,000-acre sheep and cattle enterprise. He has vast experience in public administration through sixteen years in Local Government, and is a very successful small business owner and operator through his various motel and tourism related ventures. Read Rob's full Bio here





Alison Larard is a career agribusiness and finance specialist.  Raised on a mixed livestock and cropping farm near Warwick on the Darling Downs, Alison has a life-long commitment to Australian agriculture.  This interest has been formalised with a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics from University of Queensland and a Masters of Business Administration from University of New England, majoring in Agribusiness, International marketing and Project Management.

Having worked for 15 years in banking, farming, benchmarking & business management, farm financial counselling & agricultural economics, Alison estimates she has worked with over 250 businesses.  Many of these families have been based in North Queensland in the beef, dairy, horticulture, field cropping, sugar and various niche industries. Business planning and management, applications for finance, feasibility studies, project and turnaround management, and succession planning are all areas of expertise for Alison. 

Recently published, in the CSIRO’s The Rangeland Journal, Alison and a group of colleagues published their findings from 3 years of project work entitled Rangeland profitability in the northern Gulf region of Queensland: understanding beef business complexity and the subsequent impact on land resource management and environmental outcomes.  She will co-present these findings at the International Rangelands Conference in Canada in mid-2016. Alison currently resides on the family farm at Evelyn on the Atherton Tablelands.  In her down-time she loves fishing trips with “her boys” Bart, Ian and Andrew.  Read Alison's full bio here


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Bruce Scott has extensive governance, leadership, community consultation and community development skills along with demonstrated experience in small business, primary production and public administration.

Bruce resides at his channel country region property, Moothandella. He has been self-employed and an employer for 30 + years in his own businesses. He has extensive experience living and working with very remote communities and understands their unique social needs. He has had experience in probity and governance, financial monitoring and budgeting in cash and accrual standards as well as asset management and capital depreciation.

Bruce also brings to the organization extensive experience in ICT consultation, communications infrastructure planning, network development and telecommunications services rollout to regional and remote areas. Read Bruce's full bio here


Dr Chris Capel has extensive experience in rural and remote community development as a landholder, a state government employee for 13 years, a consultant and in voluntary roles. She has been a partner in her family’s sheep and cattle grazing enterprise North West of Longreach since 1985.  She worked for the Queensland State Government’s Office of Rural Communities and the Department of Primary Industries in policy advice, project management, community development and communications. In 2007 she established Chris Capel Consulting and has worked for a range of rural and remote clients mainly in Central Western Queensland. She also currently works for the University of Queensland and Monash University marking Masters student assignments in Rural Community Development and Social Work subjects.

She completed the Australian Rural Leadership Program in 2001. She has a Masters degree in Public Relations (USQ) and graduated with a PhD from Monash University in Rural Sociology in 2015. She is currently a member of the Mid North Coast Regional Development Australia (NSW) advisory committee and Secretary of the Rotary Club of South West Rocks. Read Chris' full bio here


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Ed Warren's background is diverse and covers successful small business ownership in agriculture and non-agricultural areas.  Ed was the Chairman of the Central West Health and Hospital Board; a position he has held since its inception in 2012 through to his resignaition in 2016. Previously he was Mayor of the Winton Shire Council and a councillor on the same for over ten years, and he is currently the Mayor of Longreach Regional Council.

Ed has worked through Queensland in the agricultural services sector between 1976 – 2007 and from 2008 to 2015 owned a rural enterprise near Nyngan in New South Wales.  Ed has lengthy experience in governance and public, not-for-profit, and private administration. His leadership and strategic thinking skills have been developed through his roles in local government and public health governance, along with his own successful small business enterprises. Ed is passionate about supporting not only his own community but also the entire region and greater North Queensland region.  His networks are extensive throughout the greater region. Read Ed's full bio here


Shan Delany is a Certified Practicing Accountant in Public Practice based in Townsville.  She established her own mobile accountancy business in July 2005 and now has a client base which is spread throughout Australia.  Her clients are a diverse range of small and medium size businesses.   

Due to her husband’s work in the mining industry she has moved a number of times and lived on the Atherton Tablelands, in Central West NSW and Darwin prior to settling in Townsville for the schooling of her two children.  This has allowed her to work with a diverse range of people in different industries.