Meet the Staff

Air EP Board Members Naomi Scholz Executive Officer

Naomi Scholz, Executive Officer

Diploma of Agribusiness Management, Diploma of Project Management

An advocate for small rural communities, elected member for Wudinna District Council and position holder on several not-for-profit community and sporting groups.

Past experience includes more than 10 years agricultural RD&E project management with SARDI based at Minnipa Agricultural Centre, including coordination of several GRDC major projects including the Dryland Legume Pasture Systems project and the Stubble Initiative, and delivery of programs such as Grain & Graze and the Water Use Initiative on Eyre Peninsula. Prior to this, 10 years with Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula as Landcare Officer and project manager.

Contact Naomi at eo@airep.com.au

Air EP Board Members Alanna Barns Finance Officer

Alanna Barns, Finance Officer

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting

Chartered Accountant living on a cereal cropping farming property North of Wudinna with husband and 2 children. More than 20 years working as an accountant both in Adelaide and currently Port Lincoln.  Various treasurer/finance positions held for local sporting, education, and community organisations.

Contact Alanna at finance@airep.com.au

Amy

Amy Wright, Regional Agricultural Landcare Facilitator (RALF)

Bachelor of Agriculture

We are pleased to announce that Amy Wright has been appointed to the RALF role for the Eyre Peninsula Region. Amy will be based in Kimba and has a passion for agriculture with experience working as an Agronomist on the upper Eyre Peninsula, and brings with her a great scope of knowledge. She is very much looking forward to supporting farmers, industry and community groups adopt sustainable agriculture across the whole of the Eyre Peninsula. The RALF position is funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program through the EP Landscape Board, AIR EP is hosting the position from 2020-2023.

Contact Amy at ralf@airep.com.au

Rowena Norris

Rowena Norris, Operations Manager

We are pleased to announce that Rowena Norris has been appointed to the new position of Operations Manager. Born and raised on a mixed farm near Cowell, Rowena has spent more than 20 years in the corporate agriculture and horticulture sectors in both Adelaide and Mildura. Having performed at various management levels in client relationship and industry development roles, Rowena is passionate about supporting primary producers in adopting new practices and technology.

In addition to her corporate experience, Rowena farms with her father, partner and two young children at Miltalie, near Cowell.

Contact Rowena at rowena.norris@airep.com.au 

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Rebekah  Fatchen, Project Officer

Bachelor of Agricultural Science 

Rebekah has been employed by AIR EP as Project Officer, commencing in March 2023. Rebekah completed the AIR EP SAGIT Funded Internship in applied grains research in 2022 at EPAG Research in Port Lincoln.

Rebekah comes from a family farm at Ungarra and graduated from a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at University of Adelaide in 2021. She is interested in all aspects of grains agriculture and rural communities, especially on the Eyre Peninsula.

Contact Rebekah at projectofficer@airep.com.au