Strategic Advisory Group


Back Row L-R: Julia Easton, Jon Slee, Doug McGinniss, Clancy Michael, Anne Wilkins, David Ferris, Brendan Nicholas; Front Row L-R: Rebecca Wallis, Danielle England, Kelly Manton-Pearce, Yvette Oliver;  Absent: Sarita Bennett


The Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) provides direction, advice and feedback on the activities of the Grower Group Alliance (GGA) project.

Most importantly, the SAG will be required to make sure that the Grower Group Alliance is working towards its vision through the objectives. To ensure that the GGA is continually striving enable regionally based grower groups to facilitate increased on farm profitability through practice change.

The SAG is chaired by a farmer representative and meets twice a year.

The role of the Strategic Advisory Group is to:

  • Provide high level industry feedback on agricultural industry trends, needs and issues in order to guide the strategic direction of the GGA
  • Offer independent advice from a variety of viewpoints to the Project Leader on formulating the GGA’s responses to strategic issues
  • Establish policy in relation to external and internal partnerships of the GGA
  • Monitor the achievement of project objectives
  • Raise the profile of the GGA in the industry and wider community.



Members of the SAG are chosen to represent a cross section of grower groups, research partners and industry organisations.

These include:

  • Four grower group representatives (includes group EO’s and farmers; minimum two farmers)
  • Four industry representatives (includes researchers, agribusiness and funders; minimum one consultant and one representative from GRDC)
  • Two project supervisors (DAFWA, GIWA)


The Strategic Advisory Group currently comprises:

Kelly Manton-Pearce (Chair)Farmer
Clancy MichaelFarmer
Doug McGinnissFarmer
Chris ReichsteinFarmer
Sarita BennettResearcher
Yvette OliverResearcher
David FerrisDAFWA Representative/Project Supervisor
Danielle EnglandPrivate Agribusiness Consultant
Anne WilkinsGrower Group Executive Officer
Jon SleeGIWA Representative/Project Supervisor
Julia EastonGRDC Representative