Our Vision

A sustainable and prosperous future for rural and regional Tasmania.

Our Mission

To develop and deliver services and projects that foster viable and sustainable economic development within Tasmania’s rural and regional communities.

Board Members

Meet the Rural Business Tasmania Board Members


Our Story

Established in 1986, Rural Business Tasmania Inc is a not-for-profit association that primarily offers financial counselling and business support expertise to rural and regional communities.
Rural Business Tasmania’s key objective is to help rural families, businesses, and the community manage the ever-evolving demands and challenges facing the primary industry sector.
Rural Business Tasmania has assisted many hundreds of Tasmanian’s to find pathways to sustainable futures. It has extensive networks that connect quickly and deeply into rural and regional communities. Our services help clients to gain a better understanding of their financial position and identify financial and business risk and opportunities.
We assist clients to negotiate with lenders and creditors where necessary and refer to specialist service providers including accountants, family mediation and health and well being counsellors.

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Board Members

Rural Business Tasmania


Michal Frydrych


Michal (pronounced Michael) brings vast business strategy and development experience to the Board having been involved in project management, strategic planning, marketing, and operational management roles at a senior executive level.
Michal is now a practising farmer at Springfield Deer Farm in Mole Creek, quickly getting acquainted with manual skills but wanting to keep his business skills active. Michal recently stated  As you see per my attached CV I have spent the last twenty year in international logistic business mostly at CEO or Member of the Board level.
Whilst I am looking forward to the farm life I would like to get involved in other activities where my experience would be of benefit to the community.
Michal’s CV reads like a travel log with various CEO and Technical positions with companies such as Port Vladivostok, P & O Ports Russia, South African Stevedores and Esperance Ports Sea and Land Australia.

Geoff Fader

Emeritus Chair

Geoff is a marketeer by profession. He has previously held senior positions with one of Australia’s largest automobile manufacturers, managing director of Tasmania’s largest accredited advertising agency and principal of a marketing consultancy.
Geoff is currently a director and former chair of the Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia, chair of the Tasmanian Small Business Council and chair of the family owned business, Australian Shipping Supplies.
He is a past national president and life member of both the Australian Marketing Institute and Group Training Australia. He was the founding chair of the Hospitality Group Apprenticeship Scheme in Tasmania.
Geoff has been a voluntary business mentor for 30 years. He has an MBA, is a Certified Practicing Marketer and holds a Diploma of Advertising.

Keith Rice


Keith has spent the last 31 years representing the interests of farmers in his dual role as the Chief Executive, Primary Employers Tasmania and Chief Executive, Poppy Growers Tasmania.
The knowledge gained over that time has been particularly insightful as to the stresses and strains placed on rural industry employers, their families and their staff.
Keith has also represented Tasmanian poppy growers at all levels of governance and industry-state, national and international.
Keith is a Director of the Tasmanian Agricultural Productivity Group and continues an active involvement on apart time basis with Poppy Growers Tasmania.

Nathan Cox

Board Member

Nathan joined the Rural Business Tasmania board in November 2018. Nathan has a strong background in farming and training for over 22 years.
Nathan is a partner in his family’s 350 acre beef and cropping business and has since 2017 has been on the TFGA Vegetable Council.
Nathan has a strong interest and background in training with a focus on safety.

Belinda Hazel

Board Member

Chances are that Belinda has worked with clients that are delivering goods and services you are experiencing right now. Belinda brings over 25 years’ experience across a range of clients and industries.
Directly involved in family business, Belinda’s skills span businesses in a multitude of sectors.
Belinda’s leadership is demonstrated through her active participation at executive level on national/state boards and committees.
She is the current Board Chair of Freshcare Limited, Director of the Fresh Produce Safety Centre and Acting Chair of Tasmanian women in agriculture.
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Tony Barker

Board Member

Tony is a graduate of Lincoln University NZ with a Diploma in Agriculture and Diploma of Farm Management, a 2006 Nuffield Farming Scholar, a Trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming and TimeLine Therapy, and a Master Practitioner of NLP Coaching and Hypnosis.
For 2012 he has been travelling all over Australia with the Australian Year of the Farmer Roadshow.
He has held many roles in agriculture including Dairy Tas Board Chair 1999 to2004 and Nuffield Australia Tasmania Branch Chair 2009 to 2011.
After many years of dairy farming, with both cow and goat enterprises at South Riana, Tony now farms a grazing property with mostly beef cattle and a few sheep. He also runs a coaching and training business called Moving Mind Mountains.