Curriculum Vitae of The Governor's Spouse
MR RICHARD WARNER AM - abbreviated biographical details

On 26 January 2020 Mr Richard Warner was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to agricultural research and development.



Diploma of Farm Management (1969) from Marcus Oldham Farm Management College, Geelong, Victoria.

  • Successfully completed the Company Directors’ course in 1991 conducted jointly by the Institute of Company Directors and the University of New England.

  • Appointed an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Agricultural Science, University of Tasmania in 1999 and 2000.

  • Successfully completed the Australian Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Practitioners certificate of mediation and conciliation in 2002.

Current and recent employment

Agriskills Reference Panel

Appointed Independent Chair of the Agriskills Reference Panel in March 2016.  The Panel, convened in July 2015 as part of the Government’s Agrigrowth Plan, consists of representatives drawn from industry bodies and leading rural enterprises.  The Panel is responsible for providing feedback to Government on the quality, effectiveness and relevance of agricultural education and training in Tasmania.

The Crawford Fund

Appointed Chair of the Tasmanian Committee of the Crawford Fund in August 2016.  The Crawford Fund is a national not-for-profit and charity organisation whose principal objective is to promote the application of science and technology to the practical purpose of sustainable agricultural development and for the effective management of natural resources in the developing world and in Australia.

Houston's Farms

Appointed Chairman of Houston's Farm’s Business Management Team in September 2003. Houston's Farms is a Tasmanian owned business based in the Cambridge/Richmond area, which specialises in the production of baby leaf salad products.  Houston's Farms products are distributed and sold in all states of Australia with its two main customers being Woolworths and Coles.

Appointed independent Chairman of Carradore Pty Ltd (trading as Houston's Farms) in October 2007 and held that position until March 2015.

Glenora Raspberries

Appointed Chair in 2005 of Glenora Raspberries, a small horticultural business producing raspberries for the processing and fresh markets throughout Australia.  Held this position until 2014.

Sales & Marketing

Under a sales and marketing arrangement with Cascade Brewery Company, based in Hobart, I conducted sales of fruit juice concentrates and flavours to the food manufacturing sector in Australia and Europe.  Cascade Brewery, a subsidiary of Carlton United Breweries, produce a range of fruit juice products as a result of recent investment in modern and innovative extraction equipment.

Conservation of Historic Buildings

Valleyfield, my family’s property in New Norfolk, has a group of historic buildings dating back to 1813 when the property was first granted.  I have followed a structural and fabric plan established in 1988, to restore the buildings and ensure they are in acceptable condition to accept an appropriate adaptive re-use.

Horticultural Production

Owned and managed a successful horticultural production business including onion seed, vegetable seeds and blackcurrants, 1985 – 2008.

Tasmanian Grain Elevators Board

Appointed Chairman of the Board in 1995 and subsequently re-appointed Chairman in May 1999 and November 2002. TGEB was a Tasmanian Government statutory Board operating under GBE legislation. The TGEB was responsible for the import, storage and distribution of grain in Tasmania. The Board developed and implemented a strategy to rationalise grain handling in Tasmania and to encourage increased production of grain in Tasmania. The TGEB was sold in December 2003.

Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC)

Working with industry to invest in research and development for a more profitable, sustainable and dynamic rural sector, 1998- 2003.

Grants and Awards

2006:  received a grant under the Commonwealth Government’s National Heritage Investment Initiative  (2005/06) to restore the Valleyfield Oast House roof.

2002:  successfully completed the Australian Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators  practitioners certificate of mediation and conciliation.

2000:  runner-up RIRDC Business Plan Competition for “Production and marketing of Japanese Ginger in Australia.”

1999:  awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study the European Union rural development program called Leader.  The study included visits to rural communities in Germany, France, Ireland and Scotland with particular emphasis on the adaptive re use of redundant rural buildings and the impact of tourism and information technology on rural communities.  The report can be found at the following website under general submissions:


Warner RA and Clark RJ (1995) Myoga - the opportunity, the research and commercialisation. RIRDC Asian Vegetable Conference, Canberra, October, 1995

Warner RA (1987) Economic viability study of berryfruit production methods and their adaptability to Tasmanian conditions. Austrade, Innovative agricultural marketing program.

Warner RA (1999) The European Union rural development policy. The Leader Program - The Rural Community Initiative. Churchill Memorial Trust.

Warner RA and Clark RJ (2000) Production and Marketing of Japanese Ginger (Zingiber mioga) in Australia. Final report for the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.