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.

 


Graeme Lavis

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

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.

 


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).

 


Dr Theresa Craig

Dr Theresa Craig (PhD) has worked in the agriculture industry her entire career in roles ranging from business woman to scientist. Her experience has also allowed her to work with complementary industries  in both the food industry and medicine.

Theresa has a PhD from University of Missouri, in nutrition across all species with a minor in business and a BSc from Texas A & M University in Animal Science. Theresa grew up on a ranch / feedlot operation near Crossfield Alberta, Canada.

Theresa owns and operates her Australian based research and consulting firm, TARA – Technical Assistance and Research Analysis Pty Ltd.  Along with her husband, they own and manage a small Charolais stud in South East Queensland.

Theresa is currently the vice chair of the Queensland school animal ethics committee.  She is the LNP regional chair for the Sunshine Coast and the President of the Women’s’ Federal council of The Nationals.  She also served 3 years as the LNP women president. She is past President of the Agribusiness Association of Australia, a national professional body crossing all sectors of the agribusiness sector.

 


Andrew Black

Andrew lives at Ballarat in Western Victoria, where his family has farmed since 1839. Andrew graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, for which he was awarded the University Medal, and Master of Laws (Juris Doctor) from Monash University.

Andrew lectures in Property and Land Law at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. In addition, he is completing a doctoral thesis at the University of Melbourne on the history of the Country/National Party in Victoria.

Andrew has served as Junior Vice President of the Nationals – Victoria, State President of the Victorian Young Nationals, and Chair of the Victorian Rules Revision Committee. He is currently Chair of the Policy Standing Committee, serving on the Executive Committee of Management and State Council, and he is a board member of the St Vincent de Paul Society, Victoria.

 


Kristian Jenkins

Executive Director

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.

Kristian is currently the Executive Director of the Page Research Centre and Media Director at John Anderson Conversations Pty Ltd.

 

 


Andrew Cripps

Andrew CrippsAndrew was born and raised in the sugar and banana farming town of Tully in Far North Queensland. Andrew studied agricultural economics and political science at the University of Queensland in Brisbane.

Andrew served in the Queensland Parliament as the State Member for Hinchinbrook between 2006 and 2017 and as the Queensland Minister for Natural Resources and Mines in the LNP Government, between 2012 and 2015.

Since 2018, Andrew has consulted on policy, strategic planning and governance projects at the national, regional and local level in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.  He is a Director of the Mission Beach Bendigo Community Bank.

Andrew was elected to the Hinchinbrook Shire Council in 2018 and in 2020, was appointed Deputy Mayor.  Since 1995, Andrew has passionately supported the North Queensland Cowboys, through the good times and the bad.