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Holmes Sackett Team

John Francis – Director / Consultant

Contact: 0427 259 005

John has been involved in the agricultural sector for over 20 years. He has a technical background in agronomy, having worked in retail agronomy for eight years and as a NSW public service sector district agronomist in Condobolin and Albury for six years. John joined the Holmes Sackett team in 2005 and has been a co-director with Sandy McEachern since 2007. Areas of expertise include on-farm investment and farm profitability analysis. John developed the "Principles of Profitable Farm Leasing" course which he has delivered across Australia.


Sandy McEachern – Director / Consultant

Contact: 0427 326 367

Sandy has a long history with agriculture and still runs his own farm business. He has previously worked with Rabobank’s Agribusiness Consulting and Research Services and Agribuys, a software company selling procurement software to the perishable food industries in Australia, Europe and the US. Sandy joined the Holmes Sackett team as a consultant in 2002 and in 2007, became a co-director with John Francis. Areas of expertise include business analysis, benchmarking interpretation, timing of management events, stocking rates, animal health, capital allocation to improvement of livestock, pastures and infrastructure.



David Brown - Consultant  

David was born and raised on a progressive sheep station in North West NSW. From an early age he has been working in the family business, and more recently, David has traveled the world working on farms in various countries. In 2010, David moved to Wagga to join the Holmes Sackett team as a consultant. He has completed a PhD in Rural Science, through the University of New England, culminating in the publication of four peer review journal articles, one short conference paper and a thesis manuscript titled 'In-paddock walk-over weighing: understanding the factors affecting its potential for the Australian sheep industry'.