INSPIRE 2020 will feature informative, inspiring and innovative speakers from diverse industry areas…. all of which will deliver insightful presentations. Our focus is on ensuring all delegates leave INSPIRE with the tips, skills and knowledge to enhance their farm businesses, communities and enrich their day to day lives.

We are still confirming all of our speakers for INSPIRE 2020, however here’s a few of them…..

Toni Barton

Entrepreneur/Farmer
Lamb Bacon Co.

“I’ll give her 5 years before she is broke and sells up” This was a very common sentiment which Toni Barton heard about herself from neighbours and onlookers, what was she thinking, leaving behind her city life determined to grow her own food.   Toni had spent the previous 17 years climbing the corporate ladder, in marketing and business management, all the way  to working on Wall street, NYC at the most volatile time of the financial markets – the global financial crisis of 2008. With an altered perspective on life she returned to Melbourne in 2009 which only cemented her feelings that this corporate life was no longer for her. She researched properties all over Victoria determined to find a 5 acre patch of paradise where she could put her feet firmly on the earth on weekends.  Instead, settling on a 200 acre property, the goal posts had moved again. Never having had the responsibility of running a farm, not even been close to a sheep, built a fence, fixed a piece of machinery or considered that mother nature always had the plan A. She began her new adventure. One thing she knew for sure, there was no way she could survive on 200 acres if she followed the traditional farming road map. She flipped the farming model on its head and is now leading the way on farm gate innovation, pricing strategies and distribution channels, long overdue in Australian Agriculture. Toni believes the perception of and participation in Australian Agriculture needs to evolve to survive for future generations. In October 2019, Toni celebrated her 7th  year on the farm and has several Victorian farmers growing lambs to her specifications, as her supply chain. Buts its the the launch of Bartons Smallgoods just 3 years ago, that has set the new trajectory for Toni, creating a world first product range of charcuterie made from 100% Australian Lamb.

Tim Hunt

Head of RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness (Australia and NZ)

Tim Hunt is the General Manager of the RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness division across Australia and New Zealand. In addition to managing the RaboResearch team, Tim advises corporate and rural clients across a multitude of sectors on a range of issues, including: the rise of substitute foods, why supply chains must change, and winning consumer trust. He is a regular facilitator at Rabobank’s Executive Development Program and hosts Rabobank’s Australia/New Zealand podcast channel.

Tim is a professional economist with 25 years’ of experience working with leading financial institutions and strategic consultancies in Australia, England, and the United States. Tim holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Bachelor of Arts degree, and an Honors degree in Economics from the University of Melbourne.

JAMES WILLIAMSON

Latitude 28° 

Latitude 28°  is the amalgamation of two long standing Australian livestock families, the Williamsons and the Mortons. With the guidance of the senior hands Craig Williamson and Noel Morton the 4th generation of these families have come together to utilise the experience of their families to provide the international markets with premium Australian Beef. 

James is responsible for Marketing and Sales and has an extensive network in China and South East Asia.  He holds a Bachelor of Marketing from Curtin University and has also studied in China.  His focus is on trade and investment opportunities for Australian Beef

SHANNA WHAN

Sober in the Country Founder

Sober in the Country aka ‘SITC’ is a national rural alcohol awareness movement teaching Aussies across the outback that ‘ it’s okay to say no to a beer’.

Founder Shanna Whan is a national personality, speaker, ambassador, and a passionate Australian rural woman who decided to ”be the change” she saw as desperately overdue and necessary for the many men and women just like her unable to afford or access help in the complex arena of alcohol abuse among professionals in remote areas. Her authentic and raw conversations have travelled so far and so wide that Shanna has single-handedly driven a conversation so powerful that it’s set to soon become a national Australian charity. 

CLINT VAWSER

Oasis People & Culture Director

Clint is a Learning and Development specialist and Human Resource Consultant with over 16 years experience helping on the front line with people management and leadership issues. His background includes managing a range of state and national HR programs within government, community and commercial sectors in organisations with strong service-oriented cultures.

Clint has a proven record providing people development services across a range of behavioural, people management and leadership topics. With a passion for seeing people move toward their potential in the workplace, he has been effective in engaging learners, achieving tangible results and strengthening businesses. He continues to be an active student of organisational behaviour.

ANDREW HORABIN

Andrew Horabin is a professional speaker, facilitator, author, comedian and award-winning singer/songwriter.

Over 24 years, he has worked with big and small businesses, government departments, local councils, professional associations and NGOs across Australia and overseas.

He has trained state, federal and international police, including undercover officers, surveillance operatives, informant handlers, intel analysts and senior managers of serious crime – working with police from 40 countries.

Andrew is the author of three corporate books: THE LISTENING TALE, LOSE THE TEENAGE FACE and BULLSHIFT.

AMANDA WILLIAMSON

Amanda Williamson is an Executive leader who specialises in strategic and crisis leadership in complex, high-threat environments.  Amanda has served in a range of Government roles at Federal and State level, both as a commissioned officer in the Australian Defence Force and in numerous senior roles in emergency services. Her military career saw her command soldiers across the world, including a 12 month operational deployment in Afghanistan as the Chief of Staff of the Special Operations Forces Liaison Element in Kandahar. This NATO position saw her responsible for coordinating 2,5000 Special Operations soldiers in Southern Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Following a successful transition from the military into emergency management, Amanda has been consistently at the forefront of leading teams of emergency responders, to support affected communities during large-scale disaster events for well over a decade. Whilst with the Department of Foreign Affairs, she commanded Australia’s 220-strong commitment to the 2006 Yogyakarta (Indonesia) earthquake requiring the coordination of response activities for some 154,000 displaced families, 6,500 fatalities and $3.1Billion of infrastructure damage. Most recently, Amanda served as the NSW Region Commander for the 2015 Hunter Valley Super Storms, the largest disaster in the region for over 60 years. In 2016, Amanda was appointed as Western Australia’s first female fire and emergency services superintendent, where she commanded 400 volunteer emergency personnel responsible for responding to natural disasters across the state.

Amanda is a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, and has seen operational service with the Australian Government in East Timor, Indonesia and Afghanistan, where she was awarded the US Bronze Star for leadership in action. Amanda holds tertiary qualifications in Asian Studies, International Relations, Indonesian, Logistics and Management. An active member of the Australian Army Reserve, she is currently responsible for the training of Army Reservists in WA, and in 2020 she will be promoted to the rank of Colonel and appointed as Deputy Commander of the 13th Brigade – this appointment will see her serve as the second highest ranked Army Officer in Western Australia.  Her board appointments include positions on the Premier’s Veterans Advisory Council, Duke of Edinburgh International Award and Soldier On where she holds the appointment of State Ambassador.