Cindy is currently CEO of FarmLink – a not for profit farming systems group based in South Eastern Australia (Riverina, NSW). FarmLink undertakes RD&E activities to facilitate adoption of research outcomes on farm and in the farm businesses. FarmLink has 8 staff, 800+ members representing 300 farm businesses, over 1.2million hectares of arable land. FarmLink has an annual turnover of $800k-
$1mill and it also manages the Temora Agricultural Innovation Centre with an annual turnover around $500k.
Prior to FarmLink her career included roles as Executive Officer of Wheat Quality Australia and Industry Development and Technical Services Manager with AWBI (Australian Wheat Board). Cindy has a Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a Master’s Degree in Agriculture in Crop Breeding.
In 2015 Cindy was named RIRDC NSW/ ACT Rural Woman of the Year and used the award, in part, to examine international approaches to agricultural extension with a view to understanding successful policy frameworks, investment strategies and practices which could inform activities implemented at a local level.
Cindy currently sits on the NSW Primary Industry Ministerial Advisory Committee and the Graham Centre Industry Advisory Panel.