Committee Members

Executive Committee


President – Pip Courtney


Philippa “Pip” Courtney is an ABC award winning journalist and television presenter. She is known for her work as a reporter and host of the ABC series Landline. In 2000, she became a reporter on The 7.30 Report, but returned to Landline in 2001. Find out more about Pip 

Secretariat – Emily Mackintosh

Emily Mackintosh CommitteeEmily has worked in rural journalism most of her professional career, be it in a reporting role or a media advisory role for many agricultural organisations.

Completing Ag Science at Hawkesbury Agricultural College (Uni of Western Sydney) her professional roles have been many and varied, communication being at the focal point. However agriculture has been a passion in her life.

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Events Coordinator – Colin Bettles

Colin Bettles Committee

Colin specialises in agricultural media and is the Chief Media Advisor to the Deputy Prime-Minister and leader of the Nationals Party, Michael McCormak MP. Born in Kalgoorlie, the idea of getting together with like-minded people in Canberra who share a passion for regional Australia and are striving to do something that can make a difference was irresistible when the choice came to join the NRPC.

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Sponsorship Officer – Robbie Sefton

Robbie Sefton CommitteeRobbie is the managing director of Seftons, a national rural and regional communication agency. She leads the team and specialises in facilitating groups through contentious and challenging issues. A producer of wool, meat and grains, Robbie is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program, a NSW Rural Woman of the Year and a member of numerous boards and advisory groups, businesses and not-for-profits.

Robbie has lived, worked and travelled all over regional, rural and remote Australia as a rural leader and advocate. She is known and respected by farmers, agribusiness, Ministers, and people at all levels in between.

Social Media Officer – Jackie Poyser

Jackie Poyser CommitteeAlthough Jackie is new to the agriculture industry, she has a long career working as a communications and membership expert in the private health sector, with a strong focus on rural health issues. Jackie also has many years’ experience in event management and the delivery of training programs. Jackie joined the NRPC once she discovered the relationship between agriculture and rural/remote issues, to meet like-minded people.

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