Our Rural Financial Counsellors

our rfcs lynette mcguffie

Lynette McGuffie


Lynette has over 15 years experience in the banking and finance industry and operating a family farming business. She has worked extensively with rural and provincially based clients in various locations.

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our rfcs rodney valentine

Rodney Valentine


Rodney’s background is in finance and business analysis, with experience in a variety of industries. He has lived, worked and travelled around Queensland extensively for 13 years.

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our rfcs nick birchley

Nick Birchley


Based in South Johnstone, Nick has extensive experience in the North Queensland region, especially relating to bananas, cane, dairy and horticulture as well as the cattle and fishing industries.

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our rfcs emma cook

Emma Cook


Emma Cook has been a Rural Financial Counsellor in the Central Queensland region for the past 11 years. During this time, she has become well known amongst farmers and agribusiness professionals alike. Emma grew up on a cattle property near Alpha and has always had a strong interest in rural industry.

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our rfcs rachel bock

Rachel Bock


Rachel Bock joined the Rural Financial Counselling Service in January 2014. Since then, Rachel has worked with many clients across the region assisting with debt mediation preparation and support, finance restructures, government assistance applications, industry exit planning and support, pre-succession planning and business plans.

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our rfcs richard lewis

Richard Lewis


Richard Lewis is a familiar face in the industry with over 24 years working as a Farm Financial Counsellor previously with the Queensland Government, the Rural Financial Counselling Services – Central Southern Queensland and now the RFCSNQ. Richard services the Mackay, Whitsunday regions as well as the Isaac region in collaboration with fellow RFC, Emma Cook.

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our rfcs ian durham

Ian Durham


Ian has worked in the agricultural finance sector for many years having worked for Elders Rural Bank along with the then Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries.

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John P

John Playford - Farm and Small Business Recovery Counsellor (Mackay Whitsunday AND Isaac Areas)

John Playford was raised and educated in North West Qld. After completing his College studies in Charters Towers, John commenced work with the Commonwealth Bank in Hughenden in 1976 and has worked in many regional centres in Qld with the CBA and other Banks for over 40 years.

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