Meet the Premise Agriculture team

Dr Peter Watts
Senior Principal Agricultural Engineer
Dr Margaret Jewell
General Manager South West QLD
Tim Neale
General Manager Data Farming
Dr Kimberley Wockner
Principal Agricultural Scientist
Tim Sullivan
Senior Agricultural Engineer
Tim George
Agricultural Engineer
Matt Norton
Senior Agricultural Scientist
Peta Neale
Senior Spatial Scientist
Mark Lowry
Agricultural Engineer

Dr Peter Watts

Senior Principal Agricultural Engineer

Bachelor of Engineering (Agriculture)
PhD Engineering (Agriculture)
Member of American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
Chartered Professional Engineer
Professional Engineer of Queensland
Member of Institution of Engineers Australia

Peter is a Senior Principal Agricultural Engineer with over 30 years of professional experience in Agricultural Engineering. His specialty lies in intensive livestock and irrigation situations. In 1994 Peter co-founded Feedlot Services Australia (FSA) and has since produced the MLA Feedlot Design Manual and was winner of the Elanco Award for Outstanding Service to the Australian Lot Feeding Industry.

His extensive field of work covers irrigation system design including hydrological modelling, design of ring tanks, water use efficiency audits, land and water management plans, design plans, and outlining related specifications. His team also addresses the design and environmental management of facilities producing organic effluents, including livestock industries, abattoirs, and similar industries.

Dr Margaret Jewell

General Manager South West QLD

Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Plant and Soil) (Hons1)
PhD Agricultural Genetics
Member Agricultural Institute Australia QLD division
Member of Association for Vertical Farming

Margaret is the General Manager of South West QLD and holds over 10 years experience managing large projects in mining and agriculture. Her project management and technical experience includes conducting and preparing feasibility assessments for intensive agricultural developments, environmental planning and constraints analysis, and MEDLI modelling and land capability assessment for sustainable irrigation of wastewater.

Margaret has considerable experience in development approvals and environmental compliance for intensive agricultural industries, cost benefit analysis for feasibility assessments, groundwater and surface water entitlements in Queensland, and research and development. Her role as Technical Operations Manager of Premise Agriculture allows her to lead a dedicated team and make a positive contribution in the Agtech and urban agricultural sectors.

Tim Neale

General Manager Data Farming

Bachelor of Applied Science (Rural Technology) (Hons)
Certificate Rural Extension
Certificate IV Training and Assessment

Tim is an agricultural technology specialist with over 20 years of industry experience. His extensive portfolio of work has spanned across Australia and internationally, developing a large irrigation project in Sudan.

As Premise’s General Manager of Data Farming, Tim provides his expert knowledge and understanding of agricultural and rural technology to establish new industry technology, streamlining management plans, and providing solutions to the issues currently faced in the farming and agriculture industries.

Dr Kimberley Wockner

Principal Agricultural Scientist

Bachelor of Science (Hons)
PhD Agricultural Science
Member of the Australian Farm Institute

Combining 15 years experience in research and consulting, Kimberley’s strengths lie in the management and delivery of large-scale, long-term agricultural and environmental projects. She thrives working with and managing teams from diverse disciplines to achieve quality outcomes, and has trusted qualities that see clients returning to work with her time and time again.

Recently, Kimberley managed the preparation Intensive Animal Industry Guidelines for the Victorian State Government and new planning guidance material for the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment. She has also recently finalised research projects with Australian Pork Limited (APL) and Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), investigating pond sludge depths and dust suppression.

Tim Sullivan

Senior Agricultural Engineer

Bachelor of Engineering (Environment) (Hons)
Bachelor of Science

Tim has six years experience as an Agricultural Engineer and specialises in designing intensive animal facilities, hydrological modelling, feedlots, piggeries, poultry, and irrigation and design work. He grew up with agriculture and has seen the recent growth within the industry. He is passionate about his work and its contribution to improving the capacity and technology of the agricultural industry.

Tim has worked on feedlot expansions at Yarranbrook and Kerwee, contributed to research on feedlot biogas, and was involved in the detailed assessment and design in the Charlton Feedlot.

Tim George

Agricultural Engineer

Bachelor of Engineering (Agriculture)

Tim joined Premise Agricultural Team as a graduate engineer following research into determining seepage reduction potential in feedlot effluent ponds with regards to blockage caused by suspended particles. He also has experience as an assistant in sorghum breeding and physiology with the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food.

His position with Premise has his focus turned to irrigation design and surveying, meeting with farmers and conducting assessments on site.

Matt Norton

Senior Agricultural Scientist

Bachelor of Applied Science
Affiliated member of the Planning Institute of Australia

Matt’s specialty is rural and environmental planning; he has an in-depth understanding of the intensive livestock regulatory and planning process.  He has strong, established relationships with council planners and state regulators and delivers positive outcomes for the poultry, piggery, and feedlot industries.

Matt was responsible for preparing and presenting the Victorian Intensive Animal Industry Guidelines to national and state industry peak bodies as well as the preparation of the New South Wales Intensive Livestock Planning guidance material. He has managed and contributed to over 100 intensive livestock development approvals, from small 500 head feedlots to large 40,000 head feedlots, such as Stanbroke and Goonoo.

Peta Neale

Senior Spatial Scientist

Bachelor of Applied Science

Peta has almost two decades of experience in agriculture and spatial environmental work. She is responsible for a high level of spatial data analysis, constraint mapping, and environmental assessments. Her position as Senior Spatial Scientist also sees her contributing during project Development Applications, assessing whether projects meet environmental legislative requirements.

Between raising three young children, Peta is eagerly involved in the running and owning in one of Australia’s leading businesses. She has worked on the constraint mapping at the Pilbura Holding Yards in Western Australia and environmental impact assessment work of dredging at the Onslow Marines Dredging Project.

Mark Lowry

Agricultural Engineer

Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Hons)
Member of Engineers Australia
Member of Australian Geomechanics Society

Mark is an established Agricultural Engineer with a focus on live export facility and feedlot design, water storage and embankment design, hydrological analysis, and MEDLI modelling. He has been involved in the impact assessment and options analysis of meat processing plants in southern Queensland, contributed to project design of an Integrated Live Export Facility in Darwin, and project design and construction support of feedlot expansions in southern Queensland.

His ethos towards Agricultural Engineering is in implementing efficient and practical design. He enjoys the opportunities to work with Premise clients to create the best possible solution for their needs.