The People

 

Jeremy Morton

President

Mr Jeremy Morton is a Moulamein rice grower and has been a member of the RiceGrowers' Association of Australia (RGA) Wakool Branch since 1987. 

He was elected to the position of President in September 2015. Prior to his appointment as RGA President, Jeremy Morton held the role of Senior Vice President and has been a member of RGA’s Central Executive over two periods, first in the early 1990’s and again during the last three years. 

Graeme Kruger

Executive Director

Graeme took over the position of Executive Director in 2016. 

Graeme has a post graduate qualification in conservation management and has extensive General Management and Governance experience ranging across, operations management, marketing & sales management, project management and people management. His work history has spanned National Park Management, Marketing,  Property and the Development sectors.  He is well versed with working in competitive commercial environments through to membership and volunteer based organisations in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.

Graeme is currently chairman of large two body corporates and is also on the board of Can Assist in NSW where he is also the Chairman of the Finance and Policy Committee. 



Rachel Kelly

Policy Manager

Rachel joined the RGA in November 2015 in the role of Policy Manager.

Rachel has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Business Management) from the University of Canberra.

Prior to commencing with RGA, Rachel practiced law with a local Echuca law firm, working predominantly within the areas of agribusiness, water law and litigation. Rachel’s most recent role was with Murray Irrigation, where she held the role of Legal Officer for the PIIOP project. These positions have enabled Rachel to develop a thorough understanding of the complex political and regulatory frameworks influencing the rice industry.

Leah Morrison

Communications Manager

Leah joined the RGA in September 2015 in the role of Communications Officer and in 2016 she was promoted to Communications Manager. 

Leah has a Bachelor of Business (Agribusiness) from Marcus Oldham College. This degree has enabled her to develop both a theoretical and practical understanding of business management over a wide range of business sizes and structures.

Prior to commencing with RGA, Leah worked in a range of communications and marketing roles from small business to a leading Agri advertising agency. Leah’s most recent role was with NSW Farmers, where she held the role of Regional Services Manager – South West NSW.




Carmel Cristofaro

Office Manager

Carmel joined the RGA in September 2014 as the Office Manager.

Prior to commencing with RGA, Carmel worked in a range of administrative roles and most recently worked as the Office Manager for GetSet Inc in Leeton for over four years.

Carmel currently holds a Certificate IV in Business & Bookkeeping & Financial Skills Certificate among others.

Neil Bull

Environmental Projects Manager

Neil joined the RGA team in 2008 as the Murray Regional Coordinator for the Environmental Champions Program and since that time has worked on a range of projects including the On Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program and the Environmental Champions Program. Today Neil manages a range of Environmental Projects for the RGA.

Prior to commencing his tenure with the RGA Neil owned and operated irrigation and dryland farm businesses in the Deniliquin area, his farm management involved the implementation of sustainable land management practices and biodiversity enhancement projects.

Neil holds an Advanced Diploma of Agriculture and has training in Project Management and Facilitation.



Erika Heffer

Landcare Coordinator /Community Support Officer
Erika began her employment as Landcare Coordinator/ Community Support Officer hosted by the RGA Environmental Champions Program in March 2016 after having joined the RGA in February 2015 as the Rice Industry Graduate.

Erika’s role is supported by the Murray Local Land Services Regional Capacity Building Programme and the Local Landcare Co-ordinators Initiative funded by the Australian Governments National Landcare programme and NSW Government and Landcare NSW. 

Erika has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from Charles Sturt University and has recently obtained a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Prior to commencing with RGA, Erika had undertaken a practicum with FarmLink Research, where she was working with the FarmLink team to provide communications support, organise events and collect data for research projects.