Board of Directors



Derek Schoen

Graduated as a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer with TAA, in 1983 took over running the family farm at Corowa. Currently run 1000 ha in Corowa, 1000 ha at Wandsworth on the New England Tablelands. Mr Schoen runs a mixed farming operation 400 ha of which is irrigated.  Married for 27 years to Leanne and has 3 grown up children.

Vice President


Mark Horan

Mr Horan and his wife operate a beef cattle enterprise, Hereford/Euro cross, at "Bedervale", Braidwood NSW, they have 4 children ranging in age from 21 to 13 years old. Mr Horan has been centred around Braidwood for the past 16 years, originally coming from Canberra, where his family first settled in the late 1800’s. His background is very diverse having worked both on the land and in a corporate capacity. His early working life centred around cattle and horse breaking/ training. He progressed away from rural employment in the early 80s, falling into the building industry, initially as a carpenter, gradually moving into the supply area. During this period he gained substantial knowledge of the forestry sector, hardwood and softwood and was involved in investigation of import markets, travelling overseas on occasion. He moved away from the timber industry, joining BHP Steel in around 1992. He was promoted to a regional Manager position in 1993 where I was responsible for Southern NSW. He left BHP in 2001 to operate Family business in Braidwood. He was involved in many community groups and was a founding member of a group that bought a community bank to Braidwood. He was elected to an Amalgamated council area in 2004 until 2008. Mr Horan served on various committees while on council including the Sydney Catchment Authority, Local Government reference panel.



Peter Wilson

Mr Wilson is a wheat, wool and lamb producer and is the Association’s Region 3 Chairman. He has been a member of the Business, Economics and Trade Committee since 2010, is a graduate of Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School, holds degrees in economics and law from the Australian National University and has a Diploma in Financial Management from the University of New England. Mr Wilson is also an admitted solicitor and a registered tax agent.

Board Members

Mitchell Clapham
James Jackson 
Lisa Minogue
Paul Shoker
Rebecca Reardon
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