The RDCs are made up of a variety of talented, diverse people, each with a unique set of skills they use to better the Australian agricultural Industry.
We often celebrate our research leads, scientists, university academics and directors, who are the ‘face’ of research projects throughout Australia. And so we should. These talented, brilliant minds are the leaders of agricultural change.
But we also need to recognise and celebrate the teams behind the research; those names not necessarily included on those final research reports, such as administration staff, communications teams, project coordinators and research managers.
We are shining a spotlight on those contributors who work collaboratively across the RDCs, assisting in the delivery of vital research for our agricultural industries.
Conquering the waste challenge
Anne-Maree Boland is the Principal of RMCG, a multi-disciplinary consultancy that specialises in the environment, agriculture and communities. She’s currently working across three of the AgriFutures Australia waste program projects and has a strong team behind her to manage some of the many unique challenges in the management of agricultural waste.
Over the years, RMCG has built a team of the best and brightest minds. These team members are contributing significantly to the waste program in a broad range of areas.
“Take for instance Steph McNulty, a Consultant at RMCG, who has produced an array of easy-to-understand visual materials that describe the waste hierarchy and circular economy. Or Dimi Kyriakou, a Communications Consultant, skilled in the art of communicating key messages of the waste projects, ensuring all individuals understand the project and what it means for them,” said Dr Boland.
“Then there is Sharnie Clifford and Isabel Axio, both Resource Recovery Consultants with extensive knowledge of waste policy and sustainable solutions for the agriculture industry. And Donna Lucas, Agricultural Consult and RMCG Associate who works with groups and individual businesses to put research into practice.
“These and a myriad of other intelligent employees are working tirelessly behind the scenes to find a solution to the pre-farm gate waste issue. It is so important we stop and recognise the important work our teams are delivering. Our work is often focussed on bringing clarity to complex issues, and without the remarkable women in these roles, this just wouldn’t happen.”
And a piece of advice Dr Boland would give the women in her team; “throughout your career it is critical to gather good mentors, keep an open mind, be curious and continue to learn from others.”
Ordinary women doing extraordinary things
The Rural Futures team at AgriFutures Australia is made up entirely of a group of enthusiastic women, from Project Coordinators to Senior Managers and everyone in between.