NT Farmers Team

Our Team

Paul Burke
CEO

Paul has extensive experience in the agricultural sector, working in government and non government roles advocating and supporting the agricultural sector. He worked in AgForce Queensland as the State Operations Manager and was the Chief Executive Officer for NT Cattlemen’s Association. Prior to becoming CEO of NT Farmers in 2019, he was the Director of Infrastructure Assets and Major Projects for the NT Government Department of Primary Industries and Resources.

Greg Owens
Industry Development Manager

Former CEO of NT Farmers, Greg has immense knowledge of the industry and Territory growing conditions having worked in the Top End for 35 years as an agricultural educator, extension officer, grower, researcher, and industry development officer. Greg’s extensive industry knowledge, experience and networks help growers with their technical, regulatory, development and biosecurity issues.

Trish James
Finance Manager

Trish is passionate about the industry and worked with the NT Horticultural Association prior to it becoming NT Farmers Association. She has an immense wealth of knowledge about the association and the industry.

Imran North
Harvest Trail Coordinator

Imran assists to connect job seekers with farm work under the Harvest Trail Services Program. He has significant experience working in recruitment, training and project management roles within the Commonwealth and NT Government.

Aisla Connolly
Workforce Development Coordinator

Aisla assists members to source labour through a variety of channels. She has been instrumental in helping to alleviate the severe workforce shortages the industry experiences in the Territory. Aisla has qualifications in Human Resources and has a strong knowledge of issues affecting Territory farmers.

Simone Cameron
Director of Regions and Projects

A teacher and agronomist, Simone, is a passionate advocate for agriculture in the Territory and is committed to promoting research and extension in the sector. She owns and operates a 1200 acre property just outside Katherine and has been with the Association since 2019.

Dianne Renfree
Water Industry Development Officer

Di has 18 years working in the Northern Territory agricultural sector in various roles in research, technical sales, watermelon agronomy. She has always had a keen interest in farming since growing up on a mixed family farm in NSW. Di is committed to providing the farming sector in the NT with up to date technology and information.

Anna Day
Education Development Officer

Anna’s role is to encourage young Australians to pursue a career in Agriculture. Her work is aimed at primary and secondary students, prompting them to consider where their food and fibre comes from and the career opportunities within the sector. Anna has extensive experience in the education sector in NSW.

Iain Forrest
Policy and Communications Officer

Iain assists NT Farmers to develop and write policies for the association. Also, he works with media enquiries, applies for funding and coordinates communications to our members. Before joining NT Farmers, Iain worked in various communication roles in the public and private sectors in Darwin and Canberra.

Alannah Christofis
Administration Officer

A recent school graduate, Alannah assists the harvest trail coordinator with admin requirements. She also supports the NT Farmers Association as the Administration Officer. Alannah recently completed her GTNT traineeship and was offered a permanent position at NT Farmers.

Debbie Bisogno
Administration Officer

Debbie Bisogno has come on board as a part-time Admin Support Officer and will be working closely with Imran North assisting with the Harvest Trail Services. Debbie comes from an extensive Administration background joining us after her role as Membership and Program Co-Ordinator with AIDN-NT (Australian Industry Defence Network NT) where she assisted the CEO with running the non-for-profit organisation to support their Industry Members to grow within the Defence space.

Dominic Calder

Dominic has a background in the horticulture industry in QLD. He is passionate about agriculture and the NT. His role is to promote and assist farmers with diversifying their farms and operations.