Jim Shovelton

Director and Senior Consultant
Bachelor Agricultural Science, Diploma of Business: Project Management Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training.

Jim is the Chairman of the Meridian Agriculture Board and a Livestock and Pastures Advisor. Jim has worked in pasture agronomy in the high rainfall areas of eastern Australia for over 35 years. He provides on-farm consultancy, including farm business analysis, farm development programs, pre purchase property assessment and new industry analysis. Jim has a strong project management background where he works with industry and government to deliver outcomes. Jim also provides specific technical advice in agronomy and animal husbandry, with particular emphasis on wool and sheep meat production.

icon-phone 0407 953 445

icon-mail jshovelton@meridian-ag.com.au

Mike Stephens

Director and Senior Consultant
Diploma Farm Management, Master of Science Diploma, Company Directors Course, Australian Institute of Company Directors, AgCredited, Cert IV Workplace Training and Assessment.

Mike is the founder, a Board Director and a senior Business Advisor for Meridian Agriculture. Mike has a farm management, recruiting and a project management background. He provides advice to individual clients specialising in property assessment, strategic succession planning, education, facilitation and industry projects. Mike is very well connected at industry level and enjoys a wide network of professional associates.

icon-phone 0418 508 150

icon-mail mstephens@meridian-ag.com.au

Andrew Speirs

Senior Agronomy Advisor and Director
Bachelor Agricultural Science, Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training, Fertcare B and C trainer

Andrew is a Board Member and a senior Agronomy Advisor for Meridian Agriculture. He has an extensive background in grassland farming from a practical perspective. Based in Casterton, Andrew works closely with clients to improve pasture and business management. He has a depth of experience in project management and technical trials and enjoys strong industry networks.

icon-phone 0428 685 172

icon-mail aspeirs@meridian-ag.com.au

Paul Blackshaw

Farm Business Advisor and Director
Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture), Diploma of Community Welfare Work, Diploma of Community Services, Cert IV Workplace Assessment and Training.

Paul is a Farm Business Advisor with Meridian Agriculture. He is a specialist in farm business economics with experience in financial analysis, benchmarking, succession planning, industry extension projects, rural financial counselling, strategic leadership and planning. 

Paul is based in Rutherglen in north east Victoria and provides on farm consultancy.

icon-phone 0427 546 643

icon-mail pblackshaw@meridian-ag.com.au

Robert Adés

Non-Executive Director
MBA (Dean’s Award for Excellence), Graduate Diploma in Marketing, Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial & Computing)

Robert has an extensive background in Asset Management, Business Administration and Agribusiness.  He has served on multiple Boards over 23 years, spanning a range of executive, non-executive and alternate directorships within private, public and trustee companies. His involvement in farming began with his family in the early 1970’s and is both personal and professional.  He has sat on farm boards for most of the last 16 years, and remains connected personally through variously family members.

Ben Reeve

Human Resources Advisor
Bachelor of Management (Marketing), Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Certificate in Recruitment and Selection, Leadership Ballarat and Western Region.

Ben is a Human Resource Advisor with Meridian Agriculture and works with producers and industry in the areas of human resource management and industrial relations. Ben has worked for Meridian Agriculture for over ten years. Ben has a strong background in skills analysis, recruitment and selection, people management, facilitation and coaching. Ben is motivated to place the right people in the right jobs at the right time.

icon-phone 0416 127 465

icon-mail breeve@meridian-ag.com.au

James Whale

Farm Business and Livestock Advisor
Master of Philosophy, Bachelor Agricultural Science (HONS), Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training

James is a Farm Business and Livestock Advisor for Meridian Agriculture. James works closely with groups of producers in a coaching and mentoring role. He assists individual businesses with business strategy, resource allocation, performance monitoring and livestock productivity.

icon-phone 0428 374 046

icon-mail jwhale@meridian-ag.com.au

Gilles Clarisse

Recruitment Advisor
Bachelor of Humanities & Social Science (Psychology), Diploma Business Management, Cert IV in Training and Assessment

Gilles is a Recruitment Advisor with Meridian Agriculture. Gilles has spent 14 years working with a Ballarat based family business at Wilsons Fruit & Vegetable, where he was a Store Manager. His primary focuses included recruitment, training, business management, people management and performance management.

Gilles will be working with producers in the area of recruitment and advising on positions that they have vacant with candidates that will suit their needs.

icon-phone 0413 773 427

icon-mail gclarisse@meridian-ag.com.au

James Sewell

Pasture Agronomy Consultant
Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons), Master Science (Plant Breeding), Professional Diploma Agribusiness

James is a Pasture Agronomy Consultant with Meridian Agriculture. James has 11 years experience working in the Research and Development space in the pasture seed industry. Based out of our Yendon Office and building on his high level agronomic (plant breeding, trials and pasture establishment) and business management skills, James works closely with clients in providing pasture / livestock agronomic advice, farm management consulting and project management support.

icon-phone 0403 546 811

icon-mail jsewell@meridian-ag.com.au

Jen McKay

Finance Manager

Jen is the Finance and Corporate Manager for Meridian Agriculture. She has worked for Meridian Ag for over ten years. Jen manages invoicing, cost control, payroll and tax for the business.

icon-phone 03 5341 6100

icon-mail jmckay@meridian-ag.com.au

Kris Povey

Casterton Office Manager

Kris is the Office Manager for our Casterton Office. Kris works closely with the Casterton team providing client, administrative and finance support

icon-phone 03 5581 2826

icon-mail casterton@meridian-ag.com.au

Angela Inkester

Administration and HR Support Officer
Bachelor of Business (Tourism)

Angela is the administration and HR support officer for Meridian Agriculture. She has strong skills in administrative management, project support, analytics and organisational logistics. Ang is the cheery voice at the other end of the phone and a speedy typist. She works closely with Candice and Jen to provide support to the whole business. Ang provides specific support to the Recruitment and HR team to organise applications, interview scheduling and client communication.

icon-phone 03 5341 6100

icon-mail ainkester@meridian-ag.com.au

Candice Thompson

Administration Officer

Candice is an experienced office manager and administration assistant. Candice works part-time for Meridian Agriculture and provides support to the team of advisors through scheduling, documentation management and client contact. She works closely with Ang and Jen to provide support to the whole business.

icon-phone 03 5341 6100

icon-mail cthompson@meridian-ag.com.au


Alistair Cameron

Workplace Health & Safety Advisor
Associate Diploma Farm Management, Certificate III and IV in Occupational Health and Safety, Diploma of Occupational Heath and Safety, Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment

Alistair is a WH&S Advisor with Meridian Agriculture. Alistair specialises in Workplace Health and Safety. Alistair works with clients in developing WH&S Management systems, facilitates farm safety workshops and training for farming groups and facilitates workplace safety audits and action plans with management/ employees.

icon-phone 0428 968 167

icon-mail acameron@meridian-ag.com.au

Rod Manning

Beef Production and Farm Management Advisor
Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons), Cert IV Assessment and Workplace Training

Rod is a Beef Production and Farm Management Advisor with Meridian Agriculture. He has an in depth knowledge of the Australian beef industry and is widely respected for his ability to cover all aspects from production through to marketing. Rod runs 1200 Angus breeding cows in conjunction with his wife Maryke, and until recently ran the Mansfield veterinary clinic

icon-phone 03 5341 6100

icon-mail info@meridian-ag.com.au

Peter Flavel

Agronomy Advisor
Graduate Diploma in Agriculture, Diploma of Agriculture, Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment, FertCare – Level C Accreditation

Peter is an Agronomy Advisor with Meridian Agriculture and has over 30 years experience working with feed-based systems across Australia as an agronomist and advisor, technical officer, and product, research and development manager. Peter has strong sales and negotiation skills, a high level of business acumen and works with family, corporate and industry clients to improve their production and business position.

icon-phone 0427 755 507

Anna Cochrane

Farm Business Advisor
B. Nat Res Econ (Ag Econ) Hons; B. Arts (Pol Sci). Cert IV Workplace Training and Assessment

Anna is a Farm Business Advisor for Meridian Agriculture based out of Longreach in Queensland. She is an agribusiness specialist with experience in agribusiness banking, apolitical lobbying, policy development, industry extension programs, natural resource management, strategic leadership and planning.

icon-phone 0488 413 336

icon-mail acochrane@meridian-ag.com.au

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