Meet the Premise Agriculture team

Dr Peter Watts
Principal Senior Agricultural Engineer
Dr Margaret Jewell
Technical Operations Manager Agriculture
Tim Neale
Principal Agricultural Consultant
Dr Kimberley Wockner
Principal Agricultural Scientist
Tim Sullivan
Senior Agricultural Engineer
Tim George
Agricultural Engineer
Dr Benjamin Jones
Agricultural Scientist
Matt Norton
Senior Agricultural Scientist
Riki Lewis
Agricultural Scientist
Peta Neale
Senior Spatial Scientist
Simon Vale
Spatial Data Scientist
Mark Lowry
Agricultural Engineer
Kate Johnston
Graduate Agricultural Scientist

Dr Peter Watts

Principal Senior 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 Principal Consultant 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

Technical Operations Manager Agriculture

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 a Principal Agricultural Scientist with 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

Principal Agricultural Consultant

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 Principal Agricultural Consultant, 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.

Dr Benjamin Jones

Agricultural Scientist

Bachelor of Marine Studies (Hons1)
PhD Environmental Science

Ben is a specialist researcher and project manager in the Premise Agricultural team. He is experienced in managing large science and infrastructure projects. He has worked in academia and has broad experience across a variety of different disciplines and workgroups.

His main areas of expertise are agriculture and soil science, particularly the role of organic materials and clays in soils. He also has experience in marine science and parasitology from his undergraduate degree and has published in these areas. In 2011, Ben completed his PhD with practical outcomes for mine site restoration in Western Australia.

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.

Riki Lewis

Agricultural Scientist

Bachelor of Science
Master of Science (Hons)
Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting
Member of New Zealand Soil Science Society
Member Soil Science Australia

Offering a wealth of expertise, Riki is a highly valued member of the Premise Agricultural team. His field of specialty ranges from soil field investigations to laboratory experiments and method development. He is involved in most aspects of the Development Application and field investigations for farm infrastructure and environmental management of soil and water. He is also co-author of several scientific papers and has worked on major infrastructure projects in New Zealand.

Riki thrives in aspects involving field work, which has allowed him to explore unique pockets of countryside in Australia and New Zealand, on projects such as the environmental monitoring of Rangers Valley Feedlot, the Spring Gully Irrigation Design, and Peggy Banfield Park.

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.

Simon Vale

Spatial Data Scientist

Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Resource Management)
Masters in Spatial Science Technology (GIS)
Member of Society of Precision Agriculture Australia

Simon is an experienced Spatial Data Scientist, with expert knowledge in GIS and field scientific data collection in the energy and environmental science sectors. He completed his Master’s Degree in Spatial Science Technology in 2013 and was responsible for providing site-based GIS and spatial analysis support in the QCLNG Project, assisting in the successful completion and delivery of a world first CSG to LNG Project.

His interests and more recent focus include use of new technologies & GIS applied in natural resource management and precision agriculture. Outside of his professional work, Simon still focuses his attention to agriculture, spending his time cattle farming, as well as recreational fishing.

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.

Kate Johnston

Graduate Agricultural Scientist

Bachelor of Rural Science

Kate is an enthusiastic Agricultural Scientist, passionate about providing realistic value to agricultural industries. Since graduating from university, Kate has assisted with work on Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry technology, Livestock Data Link evaluation, Artificial Intelligence opportunities in red meat, and is currently involved in data collection and literature reviews to determine the cost of feedlot dags to the beef industry.

She is continuing to learn the opportunities and challenges modern agriculture faces, and relishes the prospect of changing day-to-day basic practices through her work.