SEPWA’s management

Meet Our Staff

SEPWA’s staff professionally manage the grower group’s day-to-day business, with an overall vision of increasing the profitability and sustainability of the grains industry in the Esperance Port Zone.

Michelle Handley

Executive Officer

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Michelle was born in Esperance and spent many hours by her Dad’s side on her parent’s farm at Grass Patch. After completing her schooling at a local primary and high school she moved to Perth where she completed her Bachelor, Honours and Masters degrees at Curtin University.
Michelle then worked in sustainable resource management for 10 years during which she developed a broad background in managing projects, policy development, community consultation and scientific writing. After meeting her now husband Greg Warren (a local agronomist) at a local Esperance pub just as she was starting her Master’s degree, Michelle moved back to Esperance in 2005.

Recuiting Now

R&D Coordinator

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Do you love science, spending time in the paddock and talking to people? Then SEPWA has an employment opportunity for you.
We are chasing someone who is a self-starter to implement collaborative in-paddock research projects in the Esperance Port Zone and to share the outcomes of this work with growers.  
The role is being offered as either full-time or part-time.

Bill Sharp

Trials Coordinator

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Bill worked with the Department of Agriculture for 25 years in Newdegate and Merredin before moving to Esperance in 1998 to take up role with Esperance District Office as Senior Technical and Certification Officer. In 1997 Bill entered the commercial seed industry and in 2004 formed his own seed production company. Bill’s role will be as SEPWA Trials coordinator (Part Time) to liaise with breeding programs, seed companies and farmers in the Esperance Port Zone and to oversee the large-scale demonstration trials. These trials will include Wheat, Barley and Canola. Bill, unfortunately, also has the passion for the Fremantle Dockers.

Andrea Carmody

Project Officer

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Andrea grew up on a mixed beef and cropping farm in Morawa that her parents are still operating. She attended Muresk and graduated with a Bachelor of Agribusiness (Equine Management) Hons. Following graduation, she moved to Cascade and worked part-time on farm and part-time as a contributing author for Hoofbeats magazine in the property management section. Andrea, her husband Tom and brother-in-law George then took over the farming operation, where she worked full-time in the farm office and on farm. Wanting some more challenges, Andrea began working for SEPWA as a Project Officer in 2018.

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