Our team

We’re a small team, which consists of six people.

We’re responsible for the program’s strategy, direction and operation. This includes administration and governance, as our focus is on the program’s future direction, improvements and successful delivery.

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NVT Senior Manager

Sean Coffey

Sean joined the NVT program in April 2019 and is responsible for the team oversight. Prior to NVT, Sean has a background in project management, stakeholder engagement, business development and strategy, having spent many years in leadership roles in both cropping seed and pasture seed businesses in  both domestic and international markets.

sean.coffey@grdc.com.au
0428 652 226
Adelaide, SA

NVT Systems Manager

Neale Sutton

Neale has been involved in the NVT program since 2007 and manages a vast array of systems used to store and communicate trial data, information, and results. He also manages the Pathology project that delivers cultivar disease resistance ratings.

Neale looks forward to improving data capture efficiencies and accuracy through adopting new technologies and being part of the digital farming and modern agricultural revolution.

neale.sutton@grdc.com.au
0438 579 992
Melbourne, VIC

NVT Operations Manager

Ben O’Connor

Prior to joining, Ben knew a lot about NVT from previous roles, like how to manage trials and sell seed based on data. Now he manages, coordinates and communicates with key stakeholders including variety owners, trial managers and biometricians.

The thing Ben enjoys most is the programs diversity - from the seasonal activities, to the regions covered and diverse range of stakeholders.

ben.oconnor@grdc.com.au
0499 887 749
Geelong, VIC

NVT Manager – South

Trevor Garnett

Trevor comes to the NVT program after managing GRDC investments improving the way plant performance is measured. As a researcher, Trevor was involved in development of new technologies to measure field trials and will apply this knowledge to improve the NVT program.

He also has a background in Plant Physiology and in particular, the nitrogen nutrition of plants.

trevor.garnett@grdc.com.au
0457 906 770
Adelaide, SA

NVT Manager – West

Andrew Heinrich

Andrew recently joined in April 2020 and is responsible for the continued development and oversight of the NVT protocols and overseeing the quality of the NVT field program and trials in the west.

In all his years as a consulting agronomist, Andrew says he values the information generated by NVT as independent and unbiased, so he wishes to continue supporting the program to perform his role and add value to Australian agriculture.

andrew.heinrich@grdc.com.au
0429 607 357
Perth, WA

NVT Manager – North

Laurie Fitzgerald

Laurie was born and raised in the farming community of Felton East on the Darling Downs and in his early years had a myriad of jobs, like farm hand and sales rep before spending 24 years with Pioneer Seeds.

Laurie took on this role in December 2018 because it provided him the opportunity to continue working in the agriculture sector, especially research yield trials, utilising his skill set and experience of plant breeding and crop research field work.

laurie.fitzgerald@grdc.com.au
0455 957 712
Toowoomba, QLD

NVT Contracts Administrator

Dianne Wright

Dianne started her career in finance, in roles such as bookkeeper, accounts payable supervisor and accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting, which followed on from completing her Associate Diploma in Accounting. Before joining GRDC, Dianne was a Contracts Officer at Flinders University. This experience served Dianne well in her position as Contracts Administrator for NVT.

Dianne started with NVT in March 2020 and is responsible for ensuring all NVT contract obligations meet GRDC’s policies and procedures, including tracking milestones, payments and reporting.

dianne.wright@grdc.com.au
(08) 8198 8400
Adelaide, SA