Board

Nigel Burnett

Chairman

Grower, Emerald (QLD)

Nigel has been Managing Director of Colorada Cotton, an irrigated and rain-grown cropping enterprise in central Queensland since 2004. With a passion for myBMP and Australian cotton sustainability, Nigel has presented at the Cotton Leads Conference in Hong Kong, the Better Cotton Initiative Conference in Shanghai and the Export Market Development Tour to Qingdao and Nantong. Nigel has a Bachelor of Rural Science (UNE) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Cotton Australia representation:

  • Chair - Transgenic and Insect Management Strategies (TIMS) Committee
  • Cotton Australia Corporate Governance Committee
  • Cotton Breeding Australia Scientific Committee
  • Fitzroy Partnership for River Health Management Committee

Bernard Bierhoff

Deputy chair

Grower, Rowena (NSW)

Bernard is the overall Farming Manager for Avondale Ag - a mixed farming enterprise at Rowena, NSW. He has 30 years’ experience in cotton and was the recipient of 2018 Agririsk High Achiever of the Year Award.

Cotton Australia representation:

  • Deputy chair, Transgenic and Insect Management Strategies (TIMS) Committee
  • Representative, Cotton Breeding Australia (CBA)

Other industry representation:

  • Chair, Walgett Cotton Growers’ Association
  • Chair, bio-tech panel of the TIMS Committee

Fleur Anderson

Grower & community relations executive, Theodore (QLD)

With a family history of cotton farming, Fleur divides time between growing and work as Group Manager, Landholder & Community Relations for Evolution Mining Ltd. Fleur received the 2011 Young Achiever of the Year Award.

Cotton Australia representation:

  • Chair, Australian Cotton Conference committee
  • Chair, Australian Cotton Industry Forum (ACIF)

Other industry representation:

  • Director, Queensland Rural Regional and Remote Womens Network
  • Member, Queensland Resources Council Community Engagement and Social Policy Committee

Bob Dall'alba

Industry representative, Brisbane (QLD)

A 40-year agribusiness veteran, Bob is Executive Director and Country Head of Olam, the parent company for Queensland Cotton.

Cotton Australia representation:

  • Cotton Australia Corporate Governance Committee

Rob Dugdale

Industry representative, Lower Namoi Cotton Growers' Association (NSW)

Rob is an experienced company executive, having worked within major multinational and local companies in research, sales, marketing and management capacities.

Hamish McIntyre

Grower, St George (QLD)

Hamish and his family own and operate a diverse portfolio of dryland, irrigated and grazing operations in South-western Queensland, including a Feedlot and properties situated at St George, Dirranbandi & Quilpie districts. He also consults on irrigation development projects to company’s such as Australian Agricultural Co Pty Ltd and other private entities.

Cotton Australia representation:

  • Cotton Australia Corporate Governance Committee
  • Finance committee, Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) Council, Geneva
  • Representative, National Farmers Federation (NFF) Council
  • Representative, Australian Cotton Industry Forum (ACIF) Cotton Australia

Other industry representation:

  • Member, Crop Consultants Association

Matt McVeigh

Grower, Dalby (QLD)

Matt is a third generation farmer from Dalby, Queensland, where he and his family operate dryland and irrigated cropping land on the Darling Downs.

He is passionate about the cotton industry and representing the next generation of growers. Matt was a 2015 Nuffield Scholar and participant in the Future Cotton Leaders Program. Matt is current Vice Chair of the Gowrie-Oakey Creek Irrigators’ Association, Director of Central Downs Irrigators Limited and committee member of the Darling Downs Cotton Growers’ Association.

Cotton Australia Representation:

  • Cotton Australia Farmer Advisory Panel.

Angus O'Brien

Grower, Warren (NSW)

Angus is a fourth-generation mixed farmer from the Macquarie valley where his family have been growing cotton since 1984. The business is now a diverse portfolio of dryland and irrigated cropping as well as grazing on a mix of leased and owned land.
He has been Chairman of the Tenandra Irrigation Scheme since 2010 and oversaw the modernisation of the system in 2012/13. He is also on the committee of Macquarie River Food and Fibre, is a long-term CSD trial co-operator, and is a vocal and passionate advocate for the cotton industry.

Arthur Spellson

Industry representative, Auscott Limited (NSW)

Arthur is Marketing Manager for Cotton at Auscott Limited. He has worked in various marketing and logistics roles in the Australian cotton industry since 1994, as well being involved in numerous aspects of industry research, promotion and development. Arthur has been a director of the Australian Cotton Shippers Association since 2005 and has served two terms as Chairman during that time.

Other Industry Representation:

  • Director, Australian Cotton Shippers Association

Elizabeth Stott

Grower, Leeton (NSW)

Elizabeth is a partner in a family owned and run irrigation farming business near Leeton, NSW and has been growing cotton for over 10 years. Liz is a public relations professional with qualifications in science and leadership and has held roles in policy and communications across a diverse range of agriculture and water related industries. She is a strong and passionate advocate for rural issues.

Liz is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (2014) and is currently a member of the National Water Grid Advisory Body.