Committee Members


Perin Davey

Perin Davey

Chair

Perin is a government relations and regulatory affairs professional specialising in regional industries.  She runs her own communications and engagement consultancy servicing a range of clients including government agencies, industry representative groups and private enterprise.  Perin has been appointed to several key advisory bodies including the NSW Primary Industries Ministerial Advisory Council and Telstra’s NSW Regional Advisory Council and was formerly a member of the Federal Agricultural Industries Advisory Council.

A former country journalist and media adviser, Perin spent more than seven years working from the Canberra office of an international government relations and communications consultancy firm.  She worked with a wide range of clients on issues as diverse as single desk wheat marketing, online marketing, food and drug approvals and copyright.  She has also worked in agriculture in Queensland’s Surat and Fitzroy Basin’s and has a sound understanding of agricultural issues across the eastern states.  Locally Perin spent seven years working for Australia’s largest private irrigation network on water policy and reform and the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Perin has a Graduate Certificate in Public Relations from the University of Southern Queensland and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is currently Chair of Outback Theatre for Young People.

Brian Millar

Brian Millar

Deputy Chair

Brian brings significant educational leadership experience in both the Vocational Education and Training and the Higher Education Sectors to our business line. He has held positions as Head of Department in the Victorian TAFE network, Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Hotel Management, Deputy Head of the School of Tourism and Hospitality and as the Director of the Beechworth Campus with La Trobe University.

As the Director of the TAFE NSW Riverina Institute Business, Arts, and Service Industry Brian has a track record in the development and delivery of quality educational programs both within Riverina Institute and in his previous positions. 

Brian is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course and holds a Masters of Hospitality Management from Griffith University, Bachelor of Education (Technical and Further Education), Diploma of Teaching from the University of Melbourne, Diploma of Business and Certificate programs from the Victorian TAFE network and a Certificate of Commercial Cookery from TAFE NSW. With 16 years background in the education sector this enables him to lead his team in a position of strength and growth for the future.

He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Tourism Hospitality and Catering Institute of Australia, a Regional Councillor for the Murray Riverina New South Wales Business Chamber and a member of the Indigo Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Committee

Alexandra Anthony

Alexandra Anthony

Treasurer

Alex is an experienced leader who works within the Partnerships and Engagement team at the Murray Darling Basin Authority based in Albury-Wodonga. In her previous roles she delivered customer-focused programs in the NSW state government agency of Local Land Service (LLS). LLS service delivery includes biosecurity, natural resource management, agricultural advisory services and emergency management. Additionally there is a focus on supporting rural and regional communities to build their capacity and resilience, particularly through group support – mostly through the NSW Landcare program.

As well as being a skilled communicator, Alex demonstrates her extensive knowledge of natural resource management, the farming systems that operate within them and the communities that manage them. She has considerable experience working with and between state and federal government agencies and has strong linkages to rural communities.  Alex has developed a strong understanding of the products and service delivered by RDAs and the ways in which they support and foster capacity within local communities. She is keen to participate in the Murray RDA as it develops and delivers programs and opportunities to support business growth, new jobs, innovation and new investment within the Murray region.

Alex has completed courses in agriculture, farm office management, rural leadership and company directorship.  She is pre-qualified for NSW Government Audit and Risk Committee membership.

James Charteris-Hough

James Charteris-Hough

Committee Member

James was born into a family with a long line of involvement in farming and agriculture in the UK. Brought up on a mixed livestock farm he gained a practical understanding of farming from an early age.

His education was initially science based gaining a first degree in Animal Physiology and Nutrition at Leeds University. Later when more involved in the business world he gained an MBA at the OU in UK.

Work roles included a period as an Agricultural Adviser for the UK Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food then further technical roles as National Nutritionist for two leading UK feed businesses before joining AB Agri.

During his time with the AB Agri business he has carried out a variety of roles in sales and product management then as Commercial Director for the Co-Products business and Business Development Manager for AB Agri global projects.

James resided in China for over seven years and was Managing Director of the China based ABCA (AB Co-Products and Additives) for over five of them, having set the business up initially and grown to be a significant revenue earner with over 50 people, mostly within China.

James moved to lead yet another spin-off, start-up operation in the Asia Pacific Region in the form of ABCA (Asia) doing what he enjoys most, developing and driving new business opportunities through a dedicated and highly skilled team. Based in Sydney from the Global Technology Group offices of another global ABF business AB Mauri – leaders in yeast technology.

James is now the owner and business lead for two Algebra Bio businesses (Hong Kong and Australia). Operations are growing rapidly as the reputation is built as a provider of quality products and technical services to the food and feed industries, focused in the Asia Pacific Region. The business engages industry specialists to provide technical and commercial services to its technology partners and businesses seeking to develop their animal nutrition or agribusiness operations. The commercial focus of the business is to offer natural solutions and products to meet the needs and challenges of feed and food industries, including through the growth and intensification of livestock production.

Peter Clinnick

Peter Clinnick

Committee Member

Peter, has a Degree in Agricultural Science with Honours. He is a soils specialist, as well an accredited commercial and industrial energy auditor with over 30 years’ experience in natural resource assessment and energy management. 

He has been engaged by CSIRO Forestry, industry and local government to work in extension, soils and forest research and land use planning throughout Australia.  Soils, carbon accounting and providing energy saving solutions for industry and commercial businesses have been major components of his work in the rural sector. 

Peter is Managing Director of the environmental consulting company Advanced Environmental Systems Pty Ltd based in Echuca.