What sets Quadrant tours apart is the quality of our tour escorts and hosts. They hail from diverse backgrounds with years of experience and generally have specialist knowledge of their particular subjects. Many Quadrant tour leaders and hosts have international links and hold key positions in industry organisations which means they often provide exclusive access to private visits and have been known to open doors previously inaccessible to others. Through their professional knowledge and experience, they help you to get the most out of your tour and provide you with opportunities to relate what you learn on tour to your own business or interest area. We believe they really do enhance the value of your travel experiences. On a Quadrant tour you get the best of both worlds – professional English-speaking local guides plus expert tour escorts – handpicked by Quadrant to escort you on your journey.
Kirra, a keen campdrafter and Livestock marketer for Fairfax Agricultural Media, grew up on commercial beef operations across northern NSW. Kirra was exposed to the seed stock industry through her grandparent’s Angus and Brangus studs and her family’s Australian Stock Horse stud. This saw her interest and passion for the Livestock industry develop at a young age.
James has been with Farm To Farm Tours in New Zealand for six years, bringing to the company a strong agribusiness background. With a B.Agr.Sc. from Lincoln University, he has farmed crops and stock in Mid Canterbury, managed a seed export company and prior to joining Farm To Farm ran his own consultancy providing agronomic and marketing services to primary sector companies.
Bill Dunlop has had a lifetime involvement in the beef industry across all areas of Australia. Bill has been a cattle producer, a general manager and president of breed associations and a breed society world president. This experience has involved pure breeding, cross breeding and composite breeds. Bill has led tours to Eastern Europe, North America, the UK and Australia.
Virginia is the Thoroughbred Editor for The Land responsible for the Thoroughbreds weekly section. She began working on thoroughbred studs in New South Wales and Victoria which led to working with thoroughbred yearlings and broodmares around the world.
Bryan has over 36 years’ experience in agriculture and public and private sector organisation management. Bryan worked with NSW Agriculture as a Beef Cattle Advisory Officer and in 1997 he was appointed General Manager of the Murray Grey Beef Cattle Society. Bryan currently works as a cattle and beef management consultant and is a director of Quadrant Australia.
Ross Keane has led agricultural tours to most continents of the world. As a former Director of JBS and former Chairman of RMAC, he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the Red Meat and Livestock Industries particularly, but agriculture generally. His insight into agriculture in foreign countries and how it may affect the Australian Industry are well worth hearing.
Australia’s well-known outback photographer and book publisher, Fiona Lake grew up in the Riverina and has lived on a variety of farms and cattle stations. Career highlights including having an exhibition opened by the Governor General of Australia and a ‘Landline’ feature story.
Pete Lewis is a director of Rural & Rugby Tours and Brisbane-based consultancy Way With Words after a 35 year career in broadcast journalism. He’s a former National, Rural and Regional Reporter for ABC News and Current Affairs, foreign correspondent and Executive Producer of ABC-TV’s Landline program.
Mark Lucas, the principal of Pasture Agronomy Service, is a highly-regarded agronomist/consultant based in Tumut NSW. He is widely accepted as an innovator and largely responsible for the adoption of pasture direct drilling and tetraploid ryegrass in southern NSW and Victoria.
Ross graduated with a B.Ag. Sc from Lincoln University, and spent the early part of his career as a Registered Farm Consultant both for the NZ government and in private practice. His work encompassed a broad range of extension activities from livestock, to arable and horticulture in NZ and Scotland.
Kirstie grew up in the South Island of New Zealand and has been working in her family’s agricultural travel business for a number of years.
Ron, our New Zealand colleague, has an agricultural science degree from Lincoln University and has worked on farms in New Zealand and Australia.
Graeme lives in Armidale, NSW and is currently the General Manager of Quadrant Australia. He has been a beef cattle advisor in southern NSW and was formerly CEO of Shorthorns Australia.
Kerry is Quadrant's Outbound Operations Manager. She grew up in the New England area in NSW and later travelled extensively to five continents and more than 45 countries before commencing work with Quadrant Australia.
Scott grew up on a sheep property near Winton in Queensland and in Townsville. During a long army career, he served in many parts of Australia as well as overseas. He left the Army to take up a position as General Manager of a Correctional Centre which, in addition to the normal range of activities, included a dairy and irrigated pasture.
Dale is one of Australia's leading producers, trainers and riders winning at all major Royal Shows and has numerous National Titles to his credit. Witty and wise with an excellent sense of humour, Dale will offer participants a fun filled equine experience of a lifetime.
John has had a long and distinguished agri-political career having worked for the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association for just over 23 years. He has served a range of commodity groups including dairy, pigs, pyrethrum, vegetables and potatoes with a State, National and International profile.
Tony Searle has been involved in the NT Pastoral Industry for more than 30 years - including 14 years as manager of Paspaley Rural NT (Melaleuca & Dry River Station). Through stories and anecdotes, Tony brings firsthand experience to the tour from the years he has spent in the Territory.
Fiona was born on a small farm in Scotland and has been involved in agriculture for most of her life. She commenced working in banking but later went back to her first love - agriculture. She is a past Chairman of the Scottish National Sheep Association and a founding member of the British Texel Sheep Society.
Kees is from the Netherlands and began his working career with the Curacao Trading Company in Amsterdam before emigrating to Australia. He immediately became involved in agriculture, ultimately managing a large mixed property in NSW.