David Cornish

Director of the Centre for the Study of Agribusiness

David has had over 25 years experience in Agribusiness. This experience has included roles such as Agricultural Economist, Agribusiness Marketing Manager as well as senior banking roles in regional NSW and Victoria for NAB. David was the initial CEO of Rabo Financial Advisors and spent five years as a farm consultant with Mike Stephens & Associates focusing on agricultural investment opportunities for wholesale investment funds. In October 2008, David joined Landmark as the regional manager for Western Victoria and then as a strategy manager for the organisation. Before joining Marcus Oldham as a full time lecturer, he worked for Aquila Capital Investments supporting their farm investment strategy in Australia

In his spare time, he is involved in a family farming operation based at Casterton in Western Victoria.

Dr Simon Livingstone

Principal of Marcus Oldham

Dr Simon Livingstone has been Principal of Marcus Oldham College in Geelong, Victoria since 2003. Marcus Oldham is the only private agricultural and equine management college in Australia and the institution has successfully operated since 1962 attracting students from all over Australia and overseas.

Dr Livingstone gained practical industry experience from working for 8 years on extensive cattle stations in the Northern Territory, the Gulf of Carpentaria, Central Queensland and New South Wales as a Jackeroo, Stationhand and Overseer with both Stanbroke and Twynam Pastoral companies.  His educational management experience has included holding senior positions at agricultural colleges in both Queensland and Victoria. His PhD is in higher education and he holds a Master of School Management, a Graduate Diploma in Further Education and Training, a Bachelor of Business degree and an Associate Diploma of Farm Management.

He travelled extensively for 8 weeks in 2008 to the United States and the United Kingdom and discussed with university leaders the trends, opportunities and challenges impacting and shaping global agricultural and equine education. During 2011 he returned to the U.S. to visit centres of leadership and entrepreneurial development.  He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Executive Leadership Program having completed the course at Boston in the United States.  Dr Livingstone serves on the Victorian Government Higher Education Advisory Committee. He is a Board Member of the Council of Private Higher Education and a Fellow of the Australian Farm Business Management Network.

Mr Sam Inglis

Corporate Training and Development Leadership Programs

Mr Sam Inglis has an extensive background in the development, management and delivery of educational and training programs at a tertiary level for over 20 years. This involves major agribusiness training programs for corporate clients such as ANZ, CBA, NAB, Regional Councils, Landmark Financial Services and Elders.

Mr Inglis has an ongoing involvement in the development and delivery of youth rural leadership programs for local government across Victoria, an ongoing involvement in the Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program, plus delivery of Leadership training for industry groups such as Southern Farming Systems and Community Capacity Building Initiative.

Dr Peter Smith

Principal Research Associate

Dr. Peter Smith has a background of employment in the mining industry, in higher education and in vocational education and training. Prior to joining Deakin University in 1999 he had been 15 years at the Gordon Institute of TAFE, finishing there in 1998 as General Manager – Business Development. Peter has a long experience in management and leadership roles in advanced education and in vocational education and training, prior to joining the university sector. Since joining that sector he has become a senior researcher, focusing on teaching and learning in VET. He has published some thirty papers in refereed journals in the fields of VET and flexible delivery, and recently published a new book focusing on learning in organizations. Much of Peter’s research has focused on apprentices learning both on the job and off the job. He also has a track record of research in the agricultural sector, again focusing on the deployment of skills to work.

Peter’s research has been recognized for its excellence in winning a national award for excellence in his PhD thesis, in 2001; and for being selected as best paper for 2003 by the European Learning Styles Information Network. Peter has been the principal researcher in four National Centre for Vocational Educational Research projects, and a contributor to a fifth. He has also conducted research work for the Australian National Training Authority, and for reframing the Future. He sits on the editorial Board of the international journal, Distance Education, and has until recently been an executive Member of the Australian Vocational Education Research Association.