Our Team

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Phil O'Callaghan

Managing Director
About

As one of the grains industry’s premier experts in farm business management, Phil is driven to improve the profitability of farming businesses across Australia.  He works closely with individual businesses, as well as at an industry level, to ensure application of the best management practices.  Phil has an in-depth understanding of the issues facing farming businesses, gained through managing his own broad-acre cropping, livestock and hay business.

  • Business management consulting
  • Facilitation and workshops
  • Succession planning

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science
  • Diploma in Education
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Aleisha Dalmayer

Finance Officer
About

Aleisha plays a key role in the financial management of ORM and its related entities. This includes budgeting and monitoring processes, as well as ensuring that the internal accounting function is maintained at the highest level. Aleisha has also an interest in human resource management and assists the consulting team deliver services for farming clients in this area.

  • Financial monitoring and reporting
  • Business and project administration
  • HR Management

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • RG 146 ASIC Tier I (Financial Planning)
  • Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment
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Matt McCarthy

Managing Consultant
About

Since joining ORM in 1998, Matt has been instrumental in the development and delivery of industry specific extension projects.   With an in-depth knowledge of agriculture, as well as being extremely well networked through out the Australian agricultural industry, Matt leads our communications team. Matt is passionate about extending new research and management information to both growers and advisers, as a means of improving the profitability of farming businesses. 

  • Project management
  • Communication/extension planning and co-ordination
  • Industry development and extension

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours)
  • Graduate Diploma of Rural Resource Management
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Brett Symes

Senior Consultant
About

Brett has an vast array of agricultural industry experience and knowledge, from agricultural banking sector to managing his own farming operations.  Brett has been providing farm business consulting services for more than 10 years, and is driven by the opportunity of making a ‘difference’ to his clients’ businesses.  Brett has recently become involved in the development of industry specific extension events.

  • Business management consulting
  • Event planning and co-ordination

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science
  • Graduate Diploma of Accounting
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David Smith

Senior Business Consultant
About

David has made the successful transition from farmer to business management adviser. David is particularly passionate about using his farming experience and knowledge to assist his clients to improve their overall financial performance.  David has also taken a leading role in developing and delivering the industry’s farm business update program.

  • Business management consulting
  • Succession planning
  • Event planning and co-ordination
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Michele Chappel

Business Consultant
About

Michele has been part of ORM from its infancy and has an in-depth knowledge of the business management issues that farmers face. With this intimate understanding of the issues, and her outstanding spreadsheet programming skills, Michele has developed a range of unique business tools that are integral in analysing all areas of a farming business.

  • Business analysis and interpretation
  • Financial monitoring and reporting

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours)
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Brett Collins

Business Consultant
About

Brett has a strong financial background after working in the agricultural banking sector and has a huge amount of practical experience running his farming enterprise. This combination allows Brett to delve deep into the financial figures of a business and to provide an easy-to-understand interpretation of the numbers.

  • Business analysis and interpretation
  • Financial monitoring and reporting

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Agriculture Science
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Belinda Cowburn

Evaluation Consultant
About

Belinda leads the ORM monitoring and evaluation team, which provides invaluable analysis into the beneficial outcomes of our industry extension projects.  This includes conducting extensive farmer interviews on how the learnings from these projects have impacted on their businesses.  Belinda is also involved in providing feedback to assist in the continuous improvement of our project delivery outcomes.

  • Evaluation

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science
  • UQ Adult Learning in Rural Extension
  • Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment
  • GRDC Extension Adoption Training & Support Program 2014
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Jane Crane

Communications Consultant
About

Jane plays a lead role in the ORM communications team. This includes consulting with the grower and advisory sectors to identify relevant and timely productivity and technology issues for extension. With a PhD and scientific background, Jane has an eye for detail ensuring ORM presents and publishes quality research data and information.

  • Event planning and coordination
  • Publication development and production

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours)
  • PhD
  • Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment
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Rebecca Sexton

Business Consultant
About

Coming from an agricultural farming background, Rebecca enjoys working closely with our farming clients to ensure their needs are met. Rebecca joined ORM in 2012 starting with the Communications team, organising the logistics, resources and scheduling events that ORM delivers for clients across Australia. Late 2015 she moved over to the Consulting team, assisting the team with preparation for client meetings and producing reports post meetings.

  • Business analysis and interpretation
  • Business and project administration

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
  • 2016 Participant Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program
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Bev Wood

Communications Consultant
About

Bev utilises her exceptional organisational skills to seamlessly manage the logistical requirements for over 30 events, held annually, Australia wide. This includes the pivotal role of co-ordinating the people, resources and scheduling for our agricultural industry event delivery. Bev plays a key role in managing the relationships with industry supporters, ensuring effective and valuable recognition for their respective organisations.

• Event logistics and co-ordination
• Relationship management

 

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Jane Foster

Agribusiness Consultant
About

Jane worked for the National Australia Bank in various senior positions, including part of their Agribusiness division, for over a decade.  This allowed Jane to gain extensive skills in both project management and building relationships with key stakeholders, two attributes that are pivotal role in her role of planning and delivering farm business mangement events.   Jane is also heavily involved in exploring and developing opportunities for new industry project activities.

  • Project Management
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Financial data analysis

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science
  • Masters of Business Administration
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Barbara Smith

Communications Consultant
About

Barb plays an integral role in managing the annual production of over 20 industry specific communications products (editorials, articles, newsletters, factsheets etc.) for our clients.  As our promotions co-ordinator, Barb is heavily involved in generating publicity for more than thirty events per year, using ‘traditional’ and social media channels.

  • Publication development and production
  • Event promotion and publicity

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Education
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Jenny Morrison

Accounts & Administration Officer
About

Jenny has worked in the agricultural industry for close to 20 years, gaining extensive experience in both administrative and customer service areas.  With a client driven focus,  Jenny manages our event registrations, ensuring a smooth and pleasant journey for all attendees.  Jenny also plays a vital role in the financial administration of ORM and its related businesses. 

  • Business and project administration
  • Financial monitoring and reporting
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Claire Mangan

Digital Marketing Manager
About

Claire has worked for National Australia Bank in the marketing and events industry for over ten years.  Claire is driven to deliver premium client experiences across all marketing channels, with a particular focus on digital innovation. 

  • Managing ORM's digiral channels

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Commerce