Richard Devlin
Managing Director, BSc(NRM)(Hons)

With over fifteen years in research agronomy and trial design experience Richard continually works to improve research outcomes and development of techniques, sourcing the best staff, equipment, trial sites and products to ensure clients receive the best service possible.
Richard manages trial implementation and design, client agronomy, group extension and benchmarking and is the key account manager for Living Farm.
Richard completed a Bachelor of Science degree (NRM) at UWA before successfully completing an honours project with the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative.
Following on from his time at university Richard worked in contract research in both Australia and overseas before joining Living Farm as an equity partner in 2008.

John Foss
Executive Director, BAgr(Hons)

John is the founder of both Living Farm and The Chia Co, the leading producer and marketer of chia products globally.
John has a Bachelor of Business in Agriculture and Post Graduate Honours in Marketing and Organic Farming. He is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership program, is a prestigious Nuffield Scholar and is also a member of numerous agribusiness associations.
John is the founder and CEO of The Chia Co.

Vincent Galluccio
Operations Manager

Vincent joined Living Farm in 2012 and became an equity holder in 2013.
Vincent has a very strong operational background, having concurrently managed his family farm and mining logistics operation for many years before moving into the ownership and management of several successful Perth-based businesses.
Vincent now manages the operations of Living Farm’s on-ground research division as well as being actively involved in all field-based activities and mentoring of new staff.

Dr Andrew Wherrett
Senior Research Scientist, BSc(NRM)(Hons) PhD

Andrew joined the Living Farm Team in 2012 to take on the role of Senior Research Scientist. After completing a PhD investigating Blackleg in Canola Andrew worked as a soil scientist at the University of Western Australia, looking into the soil constraints to production in the Western Australian Wheatbelt. Whilst doing this he also worked with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry’s (DAFF) Soil Carbon Research Programme- a programme aimed at identifying agricultural production systems to increase carbon storage in the soil.
Since joining Living Farm, Andrew has not only focused on environmental projects but has been the Living Farm pathology lead as well as being actively involved in the agchem portfolio.

Rebecca Smith
Senior Research Scientist, BSc(Ag)(Hons)

Rebecca joined the Living Farm team whilst completing her Honours at Curtin in 2012 after working in a casual capacity since 2009. Her honours thesis compared the genetic, environment and management interactions in wheat within a drying climate. Initially Rebecca helped coordinate the grower group at Living Farm and has since built an excellent reputation both within the industry and within the Living Farm team. Rebecca has moved into the role of Senior Research Scientist and is now responsible for managing research trials, grower benchmarking, field assessments as well as helping in the development and delivery of farm-scale trial work.

Joanne Shaddick
Senior Research Scientist, BSc(Ag)(Hons)

Jo came to Living Farm in 2016 with significant experience in agricultural contract research. After completing her honours thesis on RR canola with the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI) in 2009, she then spent six years with a multinational research organisation. In this role Jo managed a broad breeding, agricultural chemical and GLP research portfolio. In addition, Jo also has extensive knowledge of the implementation of breeding trials, both at a commercial level and through the National Variety Trial (NVT) programme.

Alex Davies
Research Scientist, BBus(Ag)

Alex joined Living Farm in 2016 as a research scientist after spending two years working as a research agronomist with a multinational research organisation. It was a homecoming of sorts for Alex as he had previously worked with Living Farm for several years as a casual employee during his studies.

Anna Wilson
Graduate Research Scientist, MAgSc

Anna joined Living farm in 2018 as a graduate research scientist after completing a Bachelor of Science followed by a Master’s thesis on agricultural systems with the University of Western Australia. Anna comes from a mixed farming background in the West Midlands area of WA and is looking forward to gaining expertise in trial management and research.


Graeme Lewis
Field Technician

Graeme comes from a mixed farming enterprise in the South West of Western Australia and has chosen to return to agriculture after an extended period working in the mining industry. Graeme brings with him extensive knowledge on workplace systems as well as a great deal of enthusiasm in his return to agriculture.

Helene Metzinger
Research Scientist/NVT Lead, BSc, MSc

Originally hailing from Réunion, Helene undertook most of her tertiary education in Australia completing a Bachelor of Science degree at Murdoch (W.A) and a Masters degree from Griffith University (QLD). Following her studies Helene spent three years as a project officer with the Mingenew Irwin Group before spending two years in a technical role with Australian Grain Technologies based out of Northam, WA.
Helene joins Living Farm with a strong technical and practical knowledge of all aspects of plant breeding.

Jason Dumbrell
Senior Field Technician

Jason has spent 15 years in agriculture, focussing on pasture management, equipment maintenance and broadacre cropping. He also has extensive experience in the mining, construction and automotive industries.
Jason has worked around Australia, including; Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia as well as 10 years in Western Australia. Jason has most recently spent three years working in Agricultural education and has a wealth of experience to share and draw from. Jason is a keen advocate of cutting edge technology and is always looking toward helping to improve the agricultural industry.

Carolyn Robinson
Manager Finance & Administration

Carolyn joined Living Farm in January 2019 bringing extensive experience in operating and managing small to medium businesses in the creative, not-for-profit and community sectors. Carolyn established and operated a special effect company for 15 years which designed, manufactured and provided equipment and products, such as rain, wind and smoke machines, breakaway glass and props to the emerging Australian Film & Television industry.
She is a qualified bookkeeper and operated her consultancy business in Sydney for a number of years before coming to WA. Carolyn moved to York in 2009 and prior to joining Living Farm managed a local disability service provider.
Carolyn has a Certificate IV in Small Business Management, has completed the Company Directors Association Course and participated in Leadership WA’s 2018 Signature Program.