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.


Brett Dunlop, BScEd(Hons), MBA
Supporter Relations Coordinator

Brett joined Macpherson Smith Rural Foundation in January 2018 as Supporter Relations Coordinator. In this role, he is responsible for building and maintaining strong relationships between MSRF and its supporters, which include donors, funders, partners, sponsors, volunteers and alumni. Brett works closely with the CEO in liaising with our existing supporters, building our profile and growing a strong and diverse supporter base.

Brett was born in Kalgoorlie and educated in Perth. He taught in secondary schools in WA and NSW before commencing a three-decade-long career in major museums in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Ballarat. He has held executive management positions and also contributed outside of work to professional associations, heritage committees, government panels and an environmental trust.

It has been several years in transition but Brett's 'tree change' to Glenlyon is now complete. He particularly enjoys volunteering in community-strengthening activities in his hometown.

Brett looks forward to working with MSRF supporters, helping them realise their aspirations for capable young adults in thriving rural communities.


Emma Jarvis
Programs and Communications Administrator 

Emma is a graduate of Swinburne University (BA Design, CD, (Hons)) and has extensive experience in design, administration, advertising and project and program management. Emma is responsible for program administration and will be a key member of our Communications Team. 


Peter Hunt
Company Secretary

Peter has over 38 years experience in business ranging from retail, aged care and education including 33 years running regional boarding schools across NSW and Victoria.

Peter will conclude his 23 years as Business Manager/Company Secretary at Ballarat Grammar in July 2018. He is also a director on the BGS Educational Service Ltd Board; Company Secretary and Trustee on the Ballarat Grammar Foundation; and  his own private company. Peter has an MBA from UNE Armidale; is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants, Graduate of the  Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Member of Institute of Managers and Leaders; a member of Association of School Business Administrators and a Justice of Peace in Victoria.  He is passionate about rural education and the effective management of Foundations. His interests include psychology, behavioural finance, financial markets and is a life-long learner across a many and varied field of interests.



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. 


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.’


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.

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Bernadette R Lloyd (BA DipEd, MEd, DipFin Services, FAICD)

Bernie Lloyd is the Chair of the Board of Victoria Teachers Mutual Bank (VTMB) and moved into corporate governance after 30 years in education in Victoria with the final 16 years in leadership positions. Her extensive educational experience in rural and metropolitan schools as a classroom teacher as well as executive manager has prepared her for her current portfolio of interests and commitments.

She understands the interdependence between schools and their communities and how high levels of trust enable productivity. She taught at her county high school for twenty years where she facilitated learning experiences for her students which gave them the capacity to enrich their own communities as well as preparing them for the world beyond their rural locale.

Her leadership expertise resides in long-term strategic planning, building capacity in teams and sustaining and expanding growth in organisations. She facilitates Principal workshops in Victoria and Queensland with emphasis on school governance and ethical and performance cultures which sustain and empower.