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Continued growth forged for leading agribusiness management service provider


Rural Business Tasmania has welcomed new blood into the organisation’s governance board and cemented its leadership team to commence the 2022 year.



Re-elected for a third term is Chairman Michal Frydrych, a highly experienced global executive and current co-owner of a commercial deer farm in Mole Creek.  Michal joined the Board in 2013 and after a number of years serving as Vice Chairman and Treasurer is sharing this experience to lead the Board of Governance. Supporting Michal, Vice Chairman Tony Barker continues to serve together with Treasurer Keith Rice, who has extensive links into the industry as Chief Executive of Poppy Growers Tasmania. 

The board executive is supported by Belinda Hazell, Principal Consultant from Optimum Standard, a business management system consultancy, and recent awardee of OAM for service to the agricultural industry.   Geoff Fader, Chair of the Tasmanian Small Business Council, continues as Emeritus Chair and provides an invaluable link to our role supporting small businesses in rural and regional Tasmania. A long-term Associate Director position has also been filled by the not-for-profit’s instigator and long-standing supporter, Rural Youth Tasmania, with current Chief Executive Karen Robinson providing a valuable connect.


Three new appointments have been made at the organisation’s first meeting with

Rebecca Duffy (owner of Holm Oak Vineyards) who brings valuable links together with a new perspective as a hands-on producer in a growth phase of career.

Christopher Bishop, an experienced business advisor and retired partner of Davern Dixon Chartered Accountants, bringing a wealth of experience and skills expertise.  

Sophie Milic, who has recently returned to Tasmania to take over the family Coaldale Walnut Farming operation, has been appointed to fill a third vacancy.


Front Row: Elizabeth Skirving, Christoper Bishop, Rebecca Duffy, Sophie Milic

Back Row: Keith Rice, Tony Barker, Michal Frydrych. Absent: Geoff Fader, Belinda Hazell, Karen Robinson

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