Meet the Team

Greg Johnsson
Co-Founder

Greg has had a lifetime of experience as a business owner and specialist sheep and cattle production consultant. Greg’s passion for improving enterprise productivity and profitability for farmers started when he trained as a veterinary surgeon and has spanned the last 37 years through the activities of his consultancy group, the Kangaroo Island Sheep Production Group, then Sheep Owners Academy and now Farm Owners Academy.
The Kangaroo Island Sheep Production Group achieved national acclaim for its achievements in 2013 when John Symons, the owner of Turkey Lane (the commercial demonstration farm set up by Greg and used to evaluate and demonstrate best practice and new technologies in a commercial setting for Group members), was awarded the Kondinin ABC Rural 2013 Australian Woolgrower of the Year Award.
Implementation of the TOP Producers Program on this farm produced a stunning 500% increase in year on year trend income per hectare in the 18 years between 2000 and 2018. Greg has also presented to numerous farmer groups across South Australia and Victoria.
Greg has also been a farmer, managing the family farm on Kangaroo Island in the 1980s and 1990s whilst establishing his veterinary business, the Kangaroo Island Veterinary Clinic. With partner Deb Lehmann, Greg managed 650 breeding cows and a Limousin stud. In 1985 they established Kangaroo Island’s first cattle feedlot to sell grain finished cattle directly to Woolworths when grid-based selling was still in its infancy.
In 1992, Greg and Deb founded and co-owned South Australia’s first sheep dairy, Island Pure, which continued to operate until late 2018. Greg was the first cheesemaker in this business.
Together over the last 4 decades, Greg & Deb have started many businesses – the largest of these being the Kangaroo Island Veterinary Clinic which has grown from its establishment in 1982 to now employ 5 vets and 7 nurses. This busy business is managed totally by the team allowing Greg to concentrate on helping farmers through the Farm Owners Academy and is a great example of a “freedom business”.
He is also a Sheep Genetics Services provider and provides the software development “grunt” behind Elite Innovation Co’s ‘BreedElite’ sheep performance recording software and its innovative Smart Draft‘n’Weigh system.

Jeremy Hutchings
CEO

With a life-long passion for the agricultural industry, Jeremy Hutchings brings his unique experience as a leading company strategist and business coach to the role of Farm Owners Academy CEO. Jeremy grew up on a highly productive mixed farming enterprise at Yerong Creek, NSW; studied Agricultural Science, Economics and Trade, and has a professional career in farm and agribusiness consulting. He now lives with his wife Jane and four children on a farm near Cootamundra, NSW. With well-established business acumen and his extensive background in strategy, growth, team- operational- and financial-performance structures, as well as a special interest in farm performance analysis and benchmarking, Jeremy is well placed to lead FOA toward its vision of helping progressive farmers across Australia and beyond.

Our Team Members

The Heart of our Company

Sam Johnsson

General Manager

Michaela Malicki

Administration Assistant

John Gabriel

IT Support

David Westbrook

Coach and Community Manager

Tracy Secombe Head Mastermind Coach

Tracy Secombe

Head Mastermind Coach

Cheryl Freak Platinum Mastermind Coach

Cheryl Freak

Platinum Mastermind Coach

Benita Bensch

Farm Business Coach

Sam Pincott

Farm Business Coach

Hayley Grosser Farm Business Coach

Hayley Grosser

Farm Business Coach

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