Andrew Forrest has over 30 years experience in farming, having run his own farm for started pullets for egg production and currently running a mixed cropping farm, growing wheat and canola and raising sheep about 45kms from Young NSW.
Andrew has served on various State and Federal advisory boards including WorkCover and the National Farmers Federation. Andrew spent 16 years as a Councillor for NSW Farmers Association and 8 Years on the NSW Farmers Board. He was the Chair of FarmSafe NSW, NSW Farmers Industrial Association, FarmCare Training Pty Ltd and Deputy Chair of FarmSafe Australia. Andrew was a chemical sales representative and boom spray technician for 10 years at Chandlers IAMA in Harden.
Andrew has a strong personal understanding of the need for education and awareness in the risks associated with using pesticides. Having been a farmer and boom spray technician himself he understands the challenges faced by farmers today.
Andrew and his wife Susie operate an award winning Bar & Grill named Mullino and a café called The Country Providore in the town of Young. He is actively involved in many community groups and organisations promoting economic development in the Greater Young Area. Andrew is a former Director and Chairman of ChemCert.
Claude Gauchat Director (B Sc Ag, MBA, FAICD)
Claude Gauchat is a corporate governance consultant and was originally elected as a Director of ChemCert in 2001. He is Managing Director of direct2 Pty Ltd.
Claude plays a crucial role in setting pesticide use policy in Australia and shares his passion for the safe use of pesticides through his membership on the Advisory Board for the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) and the Board of the Federation of Australian Scientific & Technological Societies (FASTS).
Claude is also the former Executive Director of Avcare Ltd and past President of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology. Claude has many years’ experience in all aspects of agricultural and veterinary medicine regulation and is a life member of CropLife Australia and the Animal Health Alliance of Australia. Claude is also an accredited facilitator of The Australian Institute of Company Directors, specialising in strategy and risk.
Lyn Fragar Director (Associate Professor)
Lyn Fragar joined the Board of ChemCert in 2009. Lyn has a strong background in agricultural health and safety and is an Associate Professor of the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety, which is a research centre within the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney.
Under Lyn’s leadership the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety, which is based in Moree, NSW, has conducted in depth research about providing practical and effective solutions to the health and safety problems faced by those in agriculture, with a special emphasis on the mental health and well-being of farmers, including suicide prevention. Lyn is a founding member and secretary of Farmsafe Australia, and is the Chair of the Hunter New England Area Health Advisory Council. In 2002 Lyn was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for pioneering service to rural health care and safety issues in Australia, particularly through the establishment of training courses to teach farm safety and identification of specific risk factors for the rural population.
Lyn also has a passion for native Australian birds and she is currently conducting a field study on her property in North West NSW.
Richard Clark Director ADFM FAICD
Richard spent ten years as the Managing Director of a large family company principally involved in broad acre farming, merino sheep and cattle grazing and running an intensive piggery across four properties in NSW and Southern Queensland.
Richard studied farm business management at Orange Agricultural College and is a Fellow and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Richard was a director of the Grains Research and Development Corporation for six years and he was Chairman of their Finance and Audit committee for three years.
He is currently Chairman of the Wheat Research Foundation of NSW which owns the I.A.Watson research institute at Narrabri in northern NSW, where he has negotiated a major reinvestment in research infrastructure by Sydney University. Richard has played a leading role in agricultural policy development through leadership positions within both the National Farmers Federation and the NSW Farmers’ Association.
Richard Way Director Dip BM
Richard Way is the current Chairman of ChemCert (SA) Incorporated ChemCert and Australia Incorporated. Richard has been on the ChemCert (SA) Board for over 10 years. Prior to that Richard served in several positions in the South Australia Farmers Federation, including as the Chairman of their Community Services Committee. The ChemCert (SA) Board manages the ChemCert training program in South Australia and accredits between 1500 and 2000 chemical users each year.
As Chairman of ChemCert (SA), Richard has had extensive experience in negotiating with government departments and assisting in developing policies. Richard was instrumental in developing the regulations which governed the introduction and control of Genetically Modified Organisms in South Australia. Richard is also responsible for liaising with key stakeholders in the industry. Richard has been actively involved in many local and state level agricultural organisations including the YP Alkaline Soils Group, the Agricultural Bureau and the YP Rural Counselling Service.
Richard has completed a TAFE course in Farm Business Management and lives in Port Vincent, South Australia where he runs a mixed grain and sheep enterprise