Staff

Dr Maryann Brown
Executive Officer

Maryann Brown is Executive Officer of Macpherson Smith Rural Foundation Limited (MSRF).

Appointed in July 2016, she is responsible for all operations of MSRF, including strategic planning, program development and implementation, communications and brand management, partnerships and administration. Maryann is also one of MSRF's Company Secretaries.

Prior to her appointment, Maryann spent five and a half years as Senior Education Advisor to MSRF, and was responsible for developing mentoring and leadership programs and the research base of the organisation.

Prior to joining MSRF, Maryann worked extensively in the education sector. She has worked as a secondary English and Special Education teacher and as a Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator in non-government and government schools.

She has strong connections with rural and regional education through her work at the University of Ballarat where she was a Senior Lecturer and coordinator of the Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary). She was responsible for developing the Virtual Mentoring Program, a joint project between the University of Ballarat and the Department of Education.

Maryann holds a BA from Monash University and a post-graduate diploma in Special Education from the University of Melbourne. Masters and doctoral qualifications were gained from the University of Ballarat. A Senior Researcher at the University of Ballarat, Maryann is also a regular volunteer workshop leader in Cambodia with Teachers Across Borders. Her research interests are in professional and online learning, mentoring, leadership and cross-cultural learning.

Based in Smokeytown, Victoria, Maryann enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, reading, gardening and walking.


Directors

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Hon Rob Knowles AO

 Rob Knowles is a farmer and company director. In addition to being Chairman of the Foundation, he is a commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission; Chairman of the Royal Children’s Hospital and Chairman of Ballarat Grammar School. He was a Member of the Victorian Parliament for 24 years and served as Minister for Health, Housing and Aged Care over a seven-year period. 

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Winsome McCaughey AO

Winsome McCaughey has a Bachelor of Arts (Melbourne), is a Director of the Macpherson Smith Rural Foundation and a Director of her family company, Seven Sisters Vineyard Pty Ltd, which produces Baddaginnie Run wines. Winsome has served as a trustee of Helen Macpherson Smith Trust since 2010. Winsome has a part time role advising the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of Melbourne, on strategic partnerships with industry. Among her many previous roles Winsome was the founding Executive Director of the Australian Business Arts Foundation (AbaF), Chair and CEO of the Australia New Zealand Food Authority, CEO of Greening Australia Ltd and Executive Director of the Lance Reichstein Foundation. She was a Councillor of the City of Melbourne and served as Lord Mayor of Melbourne from 1988 to 1989. Winsome was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia ‘for her distinguished service to the community, particularly to local government and early childhood development, and through a broad range of charitable organisations.’

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Duncan Malcolm AM

 Duncan Malcolm has over 30 years’ experience as a Board Director. A former Chair of the Rural Water Corporation of Victoria, the Irrigation Association of Australia and the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council, he has also been a member of the Victorian Coastal Council and was a Commissioner with East Gippsland Shire at the time of Victorian Council amalgamations. Current Roles include; Trustee of the Australian Landscape Trust, Director of Gippsland Primary Health Network, Chair of the Gippsland Vehicle Collection and Chair of the Western Port Biosphere Foundation. Duncan is an Honorary Fellow of Monash University. 

Professor Kate Auty

Kate has grown up, lived and worked all over Australia, often in regional settings. She currently lives in north east Victoria and in Canberra as she is enjoying an appointment as a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow with the University of Melbourne and has recently been appointed as the ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment. She continues as a member of the Victorian bar on the non-practising list. The role of Vice Chancellor’s Fellow has allowed her to work with her local community in a range of ways, including with community group Strathbogie Voices, the Euroa Arboretum and Gooram Landcare.  She was the co-chair of the Euroa Health Building Fund Committee before moving to work in the ACT, and in that role she was working to attract funds for an aged care residential facility in Euroa.

Kate is the chair of the advisory board of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute. She was a member of the Community and Industry Advisory Board for the Office of Environmental Programs with the University of Melbourne and until moving to Canberra she was the chair of the National Electronic Tools and Research Advisory Board (NCRIS/Super Science initiative) a super science initiative in which the University of Melbourne is the lead agent. Kate continues as a member of the Murray Darling Basin Authority Advisory Committee on Social, Economic and Environmental Sciences and as a member of the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (another super science initiative led by University of Melbourne). Kate has held appointments as a magistrate and coroner in both Victoria and Western Australia.  She was also a Mining Warden in the Western Australian goldfields when appointed as a magistrate there. She was the Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability from 2009-2014.

Ross McPherson

Ross McPherson is Executive Chairman of the McPherson Media Group, a fifth-generation family newsmedia business which started with the Shepparton News in 1888; it now includes numerous newspapers, magazines, printing events and internet businesses.

He joined the family business after practicing commercial law, having graduated from Melbourne and London Universities. Among numerous industry, local and philanthropic involvements, Ross chairs the Goulburn Valley Health Foundation, is a member of the Committee for Greater Shepparton, a past director of SPC Ardmona Ltd and Treasurer and past-president of the 8000-member International Newsmedia Association. He is a trustee of several charitable trusts and a council member and deputy chancellor of Melbourne University.

 

Bruce Anderson (B.Ed, MBA, FAICD)

Bruce Anderson is a highly experienced business leader who has successfully combined his 20+ years in senior executive roles at ASX listed and global companies with a broad contribution within the community sector. He is a community builder having held a variety of roles in organisations including chairman, director, committee member, trustee, office bearer and volunteer. Bruce is passionate about supporting secondary school students successfully transition to university and develop their leadership capabilities.

Bruce is the Director of The Anderson Partnership in which he partners with business owners and individuals to build and implement growth plans.

Bruce is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, an alumnus of the Williamson Community Leadership Program and is currently the Chairman of the Dafydd Lewis Trust, Director of Macpherson Smith Rural Foundation, Sub Committee Member of Western Chances, the Anglesea SLSC  and a Trustee of the Anglesea SLSC Foundation.