Chairman of the Board, The Hon. John Anderson AO
Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia
John Anderson is a sixth-generation farmer and grazier from New South Wales, who spent 19 years from 1989 in the Australian Parliament.
He served as a senior Cabinet minister in the reformist government led by John Howard from 1996 to 2005. This included six years as Leader of the National Party and Deputy Prime Minister.
John launched the Page Research Centre in 2003 while serving as Deputy Prime Minister, and has been Chairman of the Board since 2012.
Bill Baxter AM
Bill Baxter is an irrigation farmer producing cereals, oil seeds, wool and meat in the Murray Valley.
He has had a long career in public office having been elected a Shire Councillor at age 23 and then serving for 33 years in the Parliament of Victoria. He has held office as a Parliamentary Committee chair, a Cabinet Minister and chair of two statutory authorities. As Minister for Roads and Ports, he signed the Concession Deed which enabled the major infrastructure investment, Melbourne City Link, to proceed. He recently concluded a term as a Director of a major superannuation fund.
He is presently project managing the conversion of the family farm from surface watering to spray irrigation via nine travelling irrigation machines. This substantial investment will deliver significant productivity gains and environmental benefits.
Mr Langhorne occupied senior management and policy positions in the CSIRO, Departments of Primary Industry, Defence and National Resources and Energy. He also spent a number of years in the private sector including in PNG. In August 1996, the then Minister for Trade appointed him to the Office of Deputy Managing Director of the Australian Trade Commission, a position he held until 2000.
Peter Langhorne was Principal Private Secretary to Prime Minister John Howard until 17 December 2007. Prior to that he was Senior Adviser to the Senate Leader, and Chief of Staff and Principal Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister.
Mr Langhorne is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, a Fellow of the Corporate Governance Institute, a Member of the Melbourne University Business School Association, Alumni of the International Institute of Management Development, Lausanne, Switzerland, and a Member of the Spatial Sciences Institute.
Graeme was born in Corowa NSW into one of the oldest farming families in the Corowa / Albury areas.
He graduated from ANU, Canberra with a Bachelor in Economics majoring in accounting. Subsequently, he attained qualifications from FINSIA, before embarking on a career in Sydney in 1980 specialising in corporate & commercial banking and property development.
In 1984, he became one of the original Trustees of the Sir Earle Page Memorial Trust to award a scholarship to The University of Sydney to encourage political discourse for regional Australia. Graeme is a fervent supporter of furthering the education of regional & rural Australians, and sincerely believes that higher education enriches lives and grows the nation.
Later, Graeme was the Founding Director of the Page Research Centre, established to provide political research for the National Party.
Graeme is a longstanding member of the National Party within the Metropolitan branch and Port Macquarie branch, holding various positions over the years.
Martin Svikis has been a director of the Page Research Centre since 2015. Currently Managing Director of Graceburn Pty Ltd, a consultancy in transport and logistics.
He has had an extensive career in logistics in Australia, Europe and Asia holding senior executive positions with major Australian transport companies including Linfox and Toll. He has been an active participant in transport policy development including as an inaugural member of the Australian Logistics Council and Director of the Australian Railway Association.
Martin holds tertiary qualifications in Agricultural Economics from the University of New England.
Emma Watts is a public policy and external relations specialist with a background in industry, energy, the environment and politics. She has spent the last 14 years working for national industry organizations on key energy and environmental policy issues, having previously worked for The Nationals in the NSW Legislative Council.
Emma has spent over twenty years working for the NSW Nationals in both a professional and volunteer capacity. She has been involved in marginal seat campaigns across New South Wales, including as Campaign Director for the seat of Monaro in the 2011 state election. She was the representative for The Nationals on the Australian Political Exchange Council’s political exchange to the United States during the 2012 Presidential elections. In 2006 she participated in the inaugural Australia Malaysia Institute Young Leaders Exchange.
She currently serves as Chair of the Policy Committee of The Nationals and the Constitution and Ethics Committee of the NSW Nationals. She has served in a range of executive positions for The Nationals, including as Senior Vice-Chairman of the NSW Nationals, Chair of Monaro and Eden-Monaro Electorate Councils and delegate to Federal Council.
She has a strong commitment to advocacy for regional Australia and assisting communities build strong foundations for growth and prosperity.
She has completed postgraduate studies in Public Policy and Politics from the University of Sydney and Macquarie University, and Honours in Politics from Macquarie University where she undertook a thesis on the future of The Nationals. She is also involved in strategic planning for a family-owned business based in regional Australia. She was raised in Wee Waa in north-west New South Wales, but now lives in southern New South Wales.
Christine Ferguson AM
Christine has had a long history in the agricultural sector, partner in family business producing prime lambs, wool, cattle and farm tourism.
Christine has spent over 25 years working for the National Party holding many positions including Federal Women’s President, Chairman of NSW, National Federal President. Chairman of the Sir Earle Page Trust, Federal Management Committee, Member of NSW Executive and a Trustee of the Party.
Christine represented the NSW National Party at the Women’s World Conference in Madrid in 2000 and was instrumental in forming the NSW Women’s Council set up to encourage women to participate in the political process.
Christine has lived in regional Australia all her life she understands the challenges confronting rural communities and continues to work with the people that live and work in these regions. She was elected a Councillor to the Gundagai Shire Council 1990-1994, and has served on numerous committees within the Riverina, including Tourism, Murrumbidgee Catchment Committee and Regional Library.
Christine has a Batchelor of Arts Degree in Politics from the University of New England, Armidale and a General Nursing Certificate (Alfred Hospital Melbourne) and Midwifery Certificate (Simpsons Maternity Pavilion Edinburgh).
Kristian graduated from the University of London with a joint honours degree in English Literature and History, before moving to Brussels to work for the Bank of New York.
He subsequently returned to London to study an MA Classical Acting, and has enjoyed a successful career as an actor and producer in theatre, film and television in Australia, the UK and Los Angeles.
Since re-thinking his political assumptions in recent years, and reaching the conclusion that conservative political principles deliver better outcomes for people than the progressive agenda he previously subscribed to, he undertook an internship in policy and public leadership at the Lachlan Macquarie Institute, which subsequently led to him being employed as the incoming Executive Director of the Page Research Centre.