Our Rural Financial Counsellors

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Lynette McGuffie

Atherton and gulf region monsoonal trough enquiries

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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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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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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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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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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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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Glenn Budden


Glenn Budden brings a wealth of experience to RFCSNQ and he is currently supporting the other RFCSNQ Rural Financial Counsellors, servicing the north Queensland region in a mobile ‘at call’ capacity, specifically servicing those areas in high demand for Farm Household Assistance (FHA) and monsoonal trough needs.

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Natalie Hughes

Townsville and North West Qld monsoonal trough support

Natalie Hughes is our Townsville-based RFC servicing the North West. Raised on a beef cattle and small-crops property in Far North Queensland, and having also worked across numerous farming enterprises including cattle, silage, sugar cane, watermelons, pineapples, pumpkins, lychees, and bananas, she has extensive knowledge of the conditions faced by family farming businesses.

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Cassandra Price

Atherton / Malanda

Cassandra Price is one of Atherton Tablelands based RFCs joining the team in 2019. Cassandra holds a Bachelor of Accounting and obtained experience as an undergraduate accountant before starting her own bookkeeping business where she works with predominately primary producers across various horticultural commodities. Cassandra also has experience in running a rural family business and has an indepth and practical knowledge of small business principals, taxation and governance operational requirements for such operations.

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