Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is responsible for NSW Farmers’ overall performance and compliance, providing strategic direction, effective governance and leadership.

Derek Schoen


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

Mark Horan

Vice President

Mr Horan and his wife operate a beef cattle enterprise, Hereford/Euro cross, at Braidwood and they have 4 children. Originally coming from Canberra, where his family first settled in the late 1800’s, Mr Horan’s background is very diverse having worked both on the land and in a corporate capacity. His work history ranges from carpentry, working in forestry, employed with BHP as a regional manager and currently in farming.

Peter Wilson


Mr Wilson is a wheat, wool and lamb producer from Trangie. He has been a member of the NSW Farmers 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.

Mitchell Clapham

Board Member

Mr Clapham is a Farmer and grazier of 38 years experience at Ilford. He also ran a contract farming business for 20 years.  Mr Clapham has been Chair of the NSW Farmers Conservation and Resource Management Committee since 2014.  His main interests lay in natural resourced management, noxious weed and pest control.

James Jackson

Board Member

Mr Jackson a Guyra district farmer since 1983. Took over the family farm and lease other country. Previous to this qualified as a vet in Brisbane and practised in SA specialising in ovine reproduction. Also did some work in PNG on TB eradication in water buffalo.

Lisa Minogue

Board Member

Mrs Minogue operates a mixed farming enterprise of 2500ha in Barmedman in south west NSW with her husband and 2 teenage sons. She has a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics from University of New England, Diplomas in Financial Counselling and Community Services, Cert. IV in Training and Assessing. Mrs Minogue spent 9 years as a Rural Financial Counsellor, 3 years with GrainCorp as a Regional Administrator and has worked in rural retail as a Finance Manager and Office Manager.

Rebecca Reardon

Board Member
Originally from a farming family in Cootamundra, Mrs Reardon now operates a mixed farming business with her husband in Moree. She has extensive executive experience. Between 1994 to 2013, she held leadership roles in agribusiness organisations specialising in supply chain management and international and domestic commodity marketing. Presently Mrs Reardon is involved in board work, consultancy and donates her time and experience to furthering the future of agriculture.

Paul Shoker

Board Member
Mr Shoker along with his family runs a mixed horticulturalist farming business specialising in bananas, avocados and vegetable production. After completing a Bachlor of Business majoring in Accounting and Farming Paul decided to forego a career in town and assume a greater role on the family farm situated on the North Coast of NSW at Coffs Harbour. Paul’s interests include matters relating to Industrial Relations, environmental management and promoting the farming sector to the wider community, especially through social media.