To assist producers, develop and implement business plans, a panel of professional service providers and agricultural consultants are available. These advisors can help you in the areas you identified for improvement in the Self-Assessment Checklist. Some may charge a fee, however this is potentially rebatable through QRIDA’s Farm Management Grants. You can learn more about each panellist and their area of expertise here:
Kylie Wilson – Lawyer – Partner, Holding Redlich
Kylie is an experienced succession planning law expert and a Self-Managed Superannuation Fund Professionals’ Association of Australia Ltd Accredited SMSF Specialist Advisor. Kylie works closely with advisors to prepare compliant solutions for a diverse range of individual clients with complex structures as well as rural and business clients and families with diverse dynamics. She has been awarded the SPAA CEO Scholarship and the SMSF Association Prize for the Professional Certificate in Self-Managed Superannuation Funds from the University of Adelaide Business School. Kylie is listed in The Best Lawyers in Australia 2021 to 2023 edition for Wealth Management/ Succession Planning Practice for Queensland.
Jodie Knowlton – Partner – Business Services BDO
Jodie has extensive experience in providing advisory, taxation and accounting services to clients in a range of industries, across all stages of a business lifecycle, in particular, she has a strong passion for supporting clients in the food and agriculture industry. Her advice is founded on strong relationships, which she builds through gaining a holistic understanding of her clients’ goals and factors that impact their decision making. She continually seeks to find fit-for-purpose solutions for her clients, utilising her knowledge and networks (both within BDO and external) to ensure the best outcomes.
Mitchell Witt – Partner – Risk Advisory Services BDO
Michael is a risk, operational performance and sustainability specialist focused on assisting clients with their complex business problems. With more than 10 years’ experience, primarily in managing and delivering risk management consulting, internal audit, control assurance, and strategic management consulting for statutory bodies, government owned cooperations, local government sector and state government departments. Mitchell also has a passion for assisting his clients in navigating their sustainability journey by leveraging his engineering and risk management experience.
Nicole Richter – Director – Business Services BDO
Nicole is a director with the Business Services team in Brisbane. She has over 20 years’ experience in providing professional advice and services to a wide range of SME businesses. She has worked directly with private entities and high net worth individuals across various industries to provide business advice on succession strategies, estate planning, financial reporting, governance, and tax. Nicole takes a very hands-on approach in helping business and individuals to achieve their goals. She prides herself on building strong relationships with her clients, no matter what the size, which allows her to advise her clients with solutions that suits their needs and goals. Nicole has a strong interest and is passionate about the food and agriculture industry.
Marina Skinner – Family Business Specialist – Generational Harmony
Marina is a family business specialist, a holistic offering for owners, founders, multi-generational families, and high net worth individuals. As an accredited Family Business Adviser and trainer with over 20 years’ experience in the industry Marina is able to assist clients in establishing the building blocks for business success that balance the business and the family for harmony, growth, and a competitive advantage. Marina’s passion is in working with clients to create a legacy and develop alignment of vision and values with owners and family through education, workshops, facilitating family meetings, family retreats, developing family charters, establishing, and chairing family councils and family advisory boards. Based in Brisbane, working nationally and internationally Marina speaks, writes, and contributes to research and thought leadership on the unique challenges and opportunities of families in business and business families.
Lloyd Russell – Director – TCB Solutions
Lloyd and Julie Russel established TCB Solutions in May 2008 for the specific purpose of servicing the family and private business sector. The prime focus of TCB Solutions is the provision of strategic, governance and performance improvement services that deliver practical tailored solutions for the family and its associated businesses. Strategic thinking and challenging the status quo, while preserving the family legacy is a critical component of what TCB Solutions provide to their clients, especially when undertaking family continuity engagements.
Susan Bryant – Financial Advisor, Seeds of Advice
Susan specialises in developing financial planning strategies for well- established rural families who want a better future for their farm and their family. Susan is all about helping families find their own stories and she breathes life into dreams and aspirations you have for the ones here now and for those to come. She believes family is the heart of everything we hold dear. There’s a generation of farmers who want to find a better way to manage the family farm to the next generation and build a meaningful life for themselves beyond the farm gate.