WHO WE ARE

WHO WE ARE

Rural Futures (Formerly Rural Financial Counselling Services – Central West) was established in 2006. 

Currently Rural Futures receives funding through the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Water & the Environment (DAWE) under the Rural Financial Counselling Program and the Drought Communities Small Business Support Program. 

These programs enable our service to provide Rural Financial Counselling and Small Business Financial Counselling across a service area known as the RFCS NSW CENTRAL REGION, which covered approximately 50% of NSW. The area spans from Cowra to the Blue Mountains, north to Lightning Ridge and the Qld border including Bourke and Brewarrina Shires, west to Cameron’s Corner.

To facilitate the delivery of Rural Futures services within the NSW CENTRAL REGION the registered trading name of Rural Futures was established under the ABN: 54 606 039 416.

BOARD MEMBERS

Jessica Brown - DIRECTOR/Chair

Jessica Brown was the Vice Chair of the Rural Financial Counselling Service NSW – Central West Inc (RFCS-CW) since its inception in 2006 and has recently stepped into the role of Chair of Rural Futures Incorporated. 

Jessica has been on Boards and involved in community organisations across regional NSW for more than 20 years, supported by qualifications and experience in Leadership, Strategy, Engagement and Communication.   

Her prior professional experience includes advisory and strategic planning roles with corporate, government and non-government entities. She is the General Manager – Strategic Policy at Marathon Health and is an AICD Graduate. 

Rod Cooke - DIRECTOR/Vice Chair

Rod Cooke was the Chair of Rural Financial Counselling Service NSW – Central West Inc (RFCS-CW). since its inception in 2006 until 2023 and was the chair of Macquarie Rural Advisory Service from 2003 until it amalgamated with RFCS-CW in 2006.

Rod Cooke has sound governance, leadership, stakeholder management and strategic planning skills developed through his experience in the Army, as a Manager/CEO of organisations including Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council and Orana Education and Training Co-operative Ltd.

He holds Master of Business Administration and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) with extensive board experience in the rural sector, aged care, small business, national and NSW industry training bodies, and professional association including NSW Government Training Committees. 

Rae Craft - DIRECTOR

Rae Craft has been a Board member of Rural Financial Counselling Service NSW – Central West Inc. (RFCS-CW) since 2006 and was also a committee member of Macquarie Rural Advisory Service from 2001, until its amalgamation with RFCS-CW. Rae  has held the position of Secretary-Treasurer of the Board since 2006 and is also Chair of the RFCS-CW Audit and Risk Sub Committee as well as a member of the RFCS-CW Governance, Policy and Nominations Sub Committee.

Rae Craft is a partner in a grazing/cropping farm business and is the Trustee for a local Crown Land Reserve.  She has 15 years’ experience as a Federal Public Servant in Human Resources within NSW Western/Central, dealing with all regional businesses and promoting labour market programs including recruitment and training programs.

She is currently employed as Retail Manager in a small business and is an AICD Graduate.

Janice Stanford - DIRECTOR

Janice Stanford has been a board member of Rural Financial Counselling Service NSW – Central West Inc. (RFCS-CW) since 2006 and was also a committee member of Macquarie Rural Advisory Service prior to its amalgamation with RFCS-CW.

Janice Stanford jointly managed a successful family farm business enterprise for 37 years in the Dubbo district, producing cattle and prime lambs and was also a partner in a Dubbo financial planning business for 18 years.

Janice has been an active member of the Country Women’s Association holding various positions at both local and State level​s over the years and is an AICD Graduate.

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