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Clint B









Clint Bertenshaw is the Senior Manager: Sector Development and Engagement at the Centre for Volunteering.  He is an experienced operations manager, people leader and learning and development consultant who applies pragmatic approaches to tackling organisational problems.  Clint also volunteers for Youth Community Radio station, Edge Radio Hobart, where he is an on air host, training coordinator and committee member.

Throughout his career he has worked across the telecommunications, customer service, IT and Not for Profit industries, gaining a broad range of skills, in project and change management, negotiation and mediation, people management and development.

Clint is an avid technology enthusiast with a deep interest in mobile technologies, internet and cloud solutions, radio broadcasting and podcasting.

1. Volunteers: The Backbone all Agricultural Shows – (tips and tricks to attract, retain and reward)
Panel Discussion led by The Centre for Volunteering and select Show Societies

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ASC of Next Gen









The ASC of NSW Next Generation are a youthful extension of the Agricultural Societies Council, working hard to make sure that our agricultural shows don’t end with our predecessors. But the youth of this generation need the skills, knowledge, and experience to take over, and that’s where we come in.

Our purpose is to facilitate the engagement of youth in NSW agricultural Shows and prepare the next generation with the skills they require to one day become show leaders. We do this by providing a supportive and educational network and offering every possible opportunity to our members to advance their knowledge and skill set. We also aim to promote agriculture and its related industries to both our members and the public. We believe that everyone should know the origin of their food and fibre.

 2. Rural Roots and Rising Stars: Encouraging youth in Ag Shows
Panel Discussion led by Next Gen

John Peacock












John Peacock AM, is Chief Executive Officer of Associations Forum and non-lawyer Director of law firm Governology. He first volunteered as a high school student and is now one of Australia’s most experienced advisors and thought leader to associations.

Since 1989, John has worked for, trained or consulted to many hundreds of associations and charities on strategic, governance, board effectiveness, operations, restructuring and financial issues.

John strongly believes that the freedom to associate is a core foundation of democracy. Strong and well-governed associations and charities support their members or their cause, are independent of government and bureaucracy, plus generate jobs for employees and income for suppliers.

John was raised in Dubbo NSW where his late parents were actively involved with the Dubbo Show. In the 2021 Australia Day honours, John was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the associations and not-for-profit sector.

John welcomes the opportunity to discuss how associations advance the world.

3. Harvesting Harmony: Good Governance and smooth-running committees
Panel Discussion led by Mr John Peacock AM (Associations Forum)

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John Bennett












John comes from a farming family on the South Coast of NSW at Worrigee, near Nowra. 

John became involved with his local show society, Nowra in 2001 and soon became Vice President. He was then President between 2005 and 2010. Since 2010 he has been their Ringmaster and Chief Steward of Attractions.

In 2004 John was sponsored by the ASC to attend the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth’s (RASC) conference held in Albury, NSW. John went on to be appointed as the RASC’s Next Generation facilitator in 2007 where he developed the concept of “Understanding and Assistance Missions” for Commonwealth Next Generation delegates.

John became an elected Trustee of the RASC in 2015, a position he continues to hold.

John was invited to be a member of the inaugural RAS of NSW Youth Group in 2004 and was elected to RAS of NSW Council in 2010 as a member of the Horse Committee. He was Assistant Ringmaster between 2011 and 2015 and Ringmaster from 2015 – 2021. John has also served two terms as a member of the RAS Board and is currently Vice President and Chair of the Horse Committee.

4. Meeting of the Minds: Effective Ways to keep Meetings on Track
Panel Discussion led by Mr John Bennett OAM (RAS and RASC)

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Phil Lemieu












Phil originates from Canada where he worked for KPMG in their audit and risk management practices before migrating to Australia in 1992.

Upon his arrival he worked for both CGU and QBE before joining PSC Insurance Brokers in 2013 as Broking Principal.

Phil has over 30 years’ experience in the insurance industry, working through multi disciplines within the industry, including Relationship Management, Distribution, Key Account Management, Operations, Treasury, Underwriting as well as Claims Management.

Phil brings to the table significant skills in achieving risk transfer efficiencies in support of client objectives.

5. Ensuring your Contractual Agreements are Watertight: What to look out for in agreements AND Cyber Security: Lost in Space
led by Mr Phil Lemieux (PSC Insurance)

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Lyndsey Douglas 











Lyndsey Douglas is a show ring announcer at shows including Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and the Ekka in Brisbane, and is the founder of the Show Announcers Academy - an online resource for show announcers.

6. Cultivating Creativity: Ideas/Innovations/Successes/Quick Wins to improve your Show
Panel Discussions led by Ms Lyndsey Douglas (Writers Who) and select Show Societies

 Innovation Ideas Resource - Available Soon


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