Miles holds a BAgCom from Lincoln and Dip Banking from Massey. Recently retired after 40 years working in Rural Banking and Finance. A Rural Support Trust trustee since 2004 lives on a rural block near Edgecumbe.
Patrick has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science Degree and previously worked for 30 years in rural banking and finance, including private consultancy and valuation. He is skilled in planning, negotiation and strategy.
Jodie has a National Certificate in Business Administration and Computing and has previously worked for 15 years in the legal sector. She has studied as a Life Coach and grew up in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.
Malcolm has a diploma in Valuation and Farm Management and previously worked for 38 years in rural banking. He has a wide knowledge of sheep, beef and dairy farming and strong relationship skills. He has helped many farmers through tough times.
Fraser has qualifications in agricultural commerce and dispute resolution. Fraser ran a dairy farm for over 25 years, and now enjoys tutoring industry trainees and running dairy grazers.
Gillian has qualifications in Horticultural Science and Psychology. She has been a dairy farmer for over 25 years and has also worked for a range of dairy industry support organisations.
The Trust's Facilitator Pat Kilgarriff has a bachelor's degree in Agriculture Science and worked for MAF as a farm consultant for nearly 30 years. He has since worked in private consultancy. Pat has proven skills in farm management and communications.
Viv has a Bachelor of Education and still teaches part time in a primary school, working with children in special needs. She has been a dairy farmer for over 30 years and been an active member in many community organisations.
Kim Cawte is a farmer's daughter, has been Secretary/Treasurer for the Te Puke A&P Show for 17 years, Te Puke Vet Service for 14 years and Office Manager for Bay of Plenty Federated Farmers for 12 years, so has a wide network within the farming industry.