The Field & Game Australia (FGA) Board consists of six Board members, each serving 3-year terms. Appointments are staggered so that two positions expire and are elected each year.
We have received Three (3) nominations to fill these two Board positions, and as such are conducting an election by postal vote as per Section 5.3.4 of our Constitution.
The Returning Officer for this postal vote is Dean O’Hara.
Danny Ryan (Bendigo FGA)
- FGA Member for life
- Bendigo FGA Branch Executive 2008-Present, Publicity officer 2008-2014, Treasurer 2014-Present
- Secretary/Treasurer of the FGA North West Zone 2015-Present
- Bendigo Branch FGA Delegate 2005-Present
I have been in leadership and management roles for some 30 years and have had vast numbers of employees down to small teams under my direction and command. My verbal communication skills, training techniques and experience are highly developed. I have a great deal of experience in dealing with and creating and managing workable relationships with various and multiple inter agency organizations, stakeholders, community groups and the hunting fraternity. My professional working career has been based around client, customer, community interaction whether it be in retail or an ADF role, I have always conveyed many varied and complex issues to stakeholders in a format, written and verbal that is easily understood. I have been a mentor, instructor, trainer, training developer and business coach for many individuals and organization’s over my career and my management, reporting and assessment skills are highly developed and proven. Strategic planning, prioritization and management have been strong suites of mine for several decades and assessing results achieved to establish new goals and seeking further successful outcomes has always been a priority.
I have been around FGA for some 45 years of my life, admittedly as a young child through to my now adult self. In the mid 70’s as a child I was taken along to two day FGA council meetings that formed my early appreciation of the activities of the Association as both my parents were active on the State Council from 1977-1982, I was also kept abreast of the Bendigo branch activity as my father spent some 25 plus years on the Bendigo committee. I started hunting in 1978 and have never stopped, I also have shot clay targets for this same duration of time and been involved in branch conservation activities. Some of my fondest memories come from spending time around a campfire with family and friends.
After some time in business management and an active Military (FT/Reserve) career during the 90’s and early 2000’s, I returned back to Bendigo and in became more active in my branch attending FGA Council meetings as a delegate of the branch. Prior to this I had pretty much attended every FGA Nationals (both Federation pre-split and FGA) missing only one or two as I have always had an active interest in clay target competition alongside hunting. I shoot 12 months of the year and when it’s not duck or quail season I shoot targets, I also shoot in practical rifle competition. I further committed to my branch in 2008 after I had spent some time establishing my own business and moved to standby reserve in the Army. I started as the ‘Publicity Officer’ in my branch and moved to create an information network with local politicians and news people. I also took on the mantle of running WIT tests and training nights and combined with DSE and later GMA in delivering tests for new licence holders. I also retained my Branch Delegate role. I spent a number of years as a Nationals sponsor as one of my businesses involved shotgun cartridges and I spent a lot of time developing steel hunting loads for NSI (an Italian cartridge manufacturer) for Australia. I am involved in the shooting and hunting industry as an independent firearms dealer. I also enjoy target setting and have, and continue to, set targets at Bendigo, I also have set targets at other venues like Shepparton, Echuca and Pinegrove for various events.
In 2014 I became Treasurer of the Bendigo branch and soon thereafter in 2015 I also became the Secretary and Treasurer of the FGA North West Zone, I especially value this role as I get to participate in discussion amongst branches. I continue in these roles at present. I am a very experienced FGA member and have an expansive depth of knowledge of the Association and have met a great many people with whom I have great friendships and rapport.
I look forward to the opportunity to represent branches and members at the Board level.
Shanna Finis, (Sunraysia FGA)
Re: Field and Game Board Position Nomination
My decision to nominate for a position on the Field and Game Board has not been made lightly.
I understand that this will require time and dedication, both I am willing to give.
My family and I are all Sunraysia Field and Game branch members. As a family we are passionate about all three aspects of Field and Game, we believe that all three aspects are just as important and that all three complement each other in their own way.
I am a wife of a passionate hunter and clay target shooter and a mother of two beautiful children, William 15 and Charli 11, and it is they who drive my passion. Our son enjoys the opportunity to participate in clay target shooting alongside his grandfather, father, cousins and friends of all ages and our daughter Charli is passionate about hunting and conservation, recently venturing into the art of skinning and tanning possessing the value that if a life of an animal is to be taken, vermin or native, that it must have a purpose and that the respect for that animal must be upheld at all times.
As a family we treasure the opportunity to harvest game and prepare it together for our table, sharing with friends and family every opportunity we have. Through food, conversations begin and through conversations many misunderstandings or preconceived ideas associated with hunting can be altered with nothing but the showing of passion and truth.
I strongly believe that all hunters and clay target shooters personally can attribute to the future of our tradition and sport. We all play an integral part in the process and that we all can do more, myself included, and the reasoning for my nomination, sometimes we just need the inspiration and a little guidance. I believe in telling our story, capturing it with beautiful respectful imagery, not hiding our passion but sharing it publicly, showing members of the public that there is more to hunting than pulling the trigger, that the picture painted of big barbaric men hunting for fun is far from the truth and proudly sharing the images of families hunting together proving that this in actual fact is what it’s all about. I have personally had the opportunity to meet many amazing people through hunting and understand that we as hunters are unfairly treated in society nowadays. I set up a public social media page #beaproudhunter with the help of some amazing hunters. We have raised money for hunters that have been unfairly targeted by anti-hunting individuals and aided in covering their legal costs once proven innocent in the court of law. I have learnt that hunters are the first to put their hands up to help others in the community when in need and that it is important to showcase that we are normal everyday members of society. We have successfully as a team shown that passion and pride is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength and unity. We are not all meant to agree but ultimately make the effort to push forward searching for a better outcome for all.
As a mother I strongly believe that the opportunity for our juniors to participate in clay target shooting alongside all age groups teaches them communication skills, values and morals. It ensures they learn all aspects of firearm safety and aids in their accuracy when out in the field hunting. Clay target shooting in many aspects is as a valuable opportunity and steppingstone for introducing new Field and Game members into becoming passionate hunters and conservationists.
My husband and I own and operate a Pest Management business and many of our contracts are government based, I understand the importance of communication, facts, data and most importantly confidentiality. We build pest management plans catered specifically for individual organisations for general pest and vermin management and during that process I must communicate with Licencing and Regulations division at Victoria Police and our local firearms officer on a regular basis. I take great pride in preparing integrated pest management programs when I can, understanding that most of the time species will naturally manage each other and that the site environment is an important factor, managing these areas can minimise the use of pesticides as much as possible.
My husband and I also own and operate a small Vineyard planted to Shiraz, Figs and throughout the year we utilise the spacing between our permanent plantings to produce seasonal crops. I understand the hardships Australian Farmers face and I have taken an interest in learning as much as I can about water and the importance for it to be managed properly, water is a necessity for all aspects of life and we need to ensure that there is enough being shared fairly between farmers and the environment. I feel that we could utilise farmers so much more within Field and Game and forging solid connections with more farmers is vital going forward.
Field and Game could be offering integrated pest management options to manage vermin and utilise and manage game numbers rather than alternative methods often used resulting in wasted resources.
I understand that as members of Field and Game we are fortunate to have members on the board that offer highly qualified skills and that I don’t offer that same degree of education and experience, but I do have passion, I’m a proud mum of two next generation firearm owners, clay target shooters, hunters and conservationists. I understand traditional values and I want to ensure that we maintain a level of “the simple life” within society for many generations to come. Life is far too busy, and I want to remind as many people that time stands still when you immerse yourself in the environment and that the only reminder of time is sunup and sundown.
I will not hide the fact that I will have a lot to learn, I am willing to do that and I am willing to listen to the members of Field and Game on a down to earth level. If anyone has any questions regarding my nomination for board position with Field and Game, please do not hesitate to email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Mitchell (Canberra FGA)
Scott Mitchell is an experienced executive and national director in strategic policy, stakeholder relations and government affairs.
With a proven track record in managing multiple stakeholders to deliver outcomes, often within complex and demanding political environments, Scott has consistently demonstrated his ability to work within and lead terms to achieve desired outcomes.
Scott Mitchell is the Director of Scott Mitchell and Partners and has steadily grown the consulting business since its establishment in 2017.
In early 2017 Scott Was appointed to the Board of Field and Game Australia and in March 2019, as a non-Executive Director of Snowy Hydro Ltd.
Scott is now advising major Australian companies, including Telstra, JBS Australia, Woodside and Nutrien Ag Solutions across a range of sectors on government relations strategies, issue specific campaigning, communications and regulatory issues at a State and Federal level.
Scott has over 20 years’ experience, in the fields of agriculture, international trade policy, communications, and public policy at both State and Federal level in Australia.
He stepped down as Federal Director of The Nationals in early 2017 after five years and two successful Federal election campaigns.
Scott previously served as Chief of Staff to a Western Australian Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Corrective Services, managed Trade and International policy for the National Farmers Federation, and had several years’ experience with the Australian Trade Minister in the early 2000’s.
Scott has strong and trusted relationships on all sides of Australian politics and has had extensive experience working constructively with NGO’s.
Scott grew up on a mixed farm in northern Victoria, maintains a strong interest in regional Australia. Scott is a shooting/hunting, sailing, cycling and golf enthusiast.
- 2019 - Non-Executive Director, Snowy Hydro Limited
- 2017 - Board Member, Field and Game Australia and Deputy Chairman since 2019
- 2017 - Director, Scott Mitchell & Partners
- 2012 - 2017 Federal Director, National Party of Australia (The Nationals)
- 2008 - 2012 Chief of Staff, The Hon. Terry Redman MLA, Western Australian Minister for Agriculture and Food; Forestry; Corrective Services
- 2005 - 2008 Manager, Trade Policy, Animal Welfare and Quarantine, National Farmers’ Federation
- 2004 - 2005 Adviser, Office of Luke Hartsuyker MP
- 2000 - 2004 Adviser, The Hon. Mark Vaile MP, Minister for Trade
- 1998-2000 Political and Policy Adviser, Victorian National Party
- 1990-1998 Partner, family irrigation and sheep property
MEMBERSHIPS & INTERESTS
- Federal Gold Club
- The Commonwealth Club
- The National Press Club of Australia
- The Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club
- Field and Game Australia
- Firearms Safety Foundation