From a farming family, FARMpay founder Naomi Stuart has lived the experience of many grain growers: Selling a large amount of grain to a buyer with payment delayed for months and lack of transparency over the grain supply chain.
For Naomi, that stressful time highlighted the problems too many farmers face selling grain on-farm: wearing all the risk once the assets leave the farm-gate and dealing with a hampered cashflow.
Combining her understanding of the challenges faced by growers and buyers and her extensive knowledge of the agribusiness sector, Naomi turned her attention to finding a better way of selling grain on-farm and the FARMPay digital platform was born.
More about Naomi – FARMPay Founder and CEO
Naomi Stuart is a skilled business professional with more than 18 years’ industry experience.
A Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Naomi has held senior leadership positions in the corporate sector and more recently was the Chief Operating Officer of a large regional professional services firm.
Throughout her career, Naomi has had exposure to an array of projects and opportunities and her skillset includes corporate governance, strategic planning, financial reporting, risk management, innovation and stakeholder engagement.
Forging a successful career in regional NSW, Naomi understands the power of connections and is passionate about empowering regional communities to succeed. She is a Director of Destination Riverina Murray and currently sits on the board of Women in Business Wagga Wagga.
PK Rasam – Start-up Advisor
PK Rasam brings over 25 years experience working for global leaders Oracle, Bell Laboratories, SAP, PwC and Accenture working for top 100 global brands on technology projects focussed around Innovation, Startups, Corporates, Entrepreneurship, Consulting, Management, Investing, Strategic Guidance.
He specialises in designing and implementing innovation programs vertically and horizontally across enterprises to deliver commercial value. PK is highly active in Blockchain, Machine Learning (ML), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Quantum Computing, and other emerging technology themes.
PK leads the Melbourne office of BlueChilli, where he connects entrepreneurs with corporates and investors to solve the world's greatest challenges using emerging technology.
As an Adventurist, Author, Angel and successful Entrepreneur, he is often sought after by Universities, Corporates, Incubators and Accelerators to run workshops, create frameworks, and mental models, that help participants become market relevant and investor ready. He is persistent, curious, and experienced in helping founders navigate from an idea on a napkin to Seres A funding and beyond.
Outside of work he has climbed 5+ mountains, cycled 850+ km in 5 days and is always on the lookout for his next adventure!
Claire Sawyers – Product Manager
Claire Sawyers brings with her a wealth of product management experience from several large tech start-ups. Her passion for building start-ups and helping do good in the community led her to start her own charitable marketplace.
Luke Gaynor – Agricultural Advisor
Luke Gaynor is an experienced research agronomist and industry expert in grain production and farming systems. As a partner in a farming enterprise he understands the latest cropping techniques to maximise yields and profitability and recognises the opportunities and challenges faced in agriculture. Luke has a Master of Science from James Cook University.
In 2016, Luke was awarded the GRDC Emerging Leader award recognising his contribution to the industry. He is a well-respected research agronomist and sought-after contributor at industry field days, panels and conferences.
Luke is passionate about emerging technologies and ensuring sustainable farming practices.
John Minogue – Advisory COmmittee
A fifth-generation farmer from Barmedman, NSW, John has a 2000 hectare mixed farming and broadacre cropping operation and runs a consulting firm in West Wyalong, providing agronomy advice to local farmers.
Named Central West Conservation Farmer of the Year in 2008, Chair of the Northern Panel of GRDC and a board member of the Lachlan Catchment Management Authority, John’s vast agricultural experience has given him valuable insight into the long-term challenges of the grains industry.
In December 2016, FARMpay was announced as a finalist in SheStarts, a competitive start-up program aimed at female tech entrepreneurs. As part of that program, FARMpay secured pre-seed funding and a place in an eight-month BlueChilli accelerator program.