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Federal Management Committee


Hon Larry Anthony 
Federal President, The Nationals

 Scott Mitchell

Scott Mitchell
Federal Director, The Nationals

Scott Mitchell has been Federal Director of The Nationals since March 2012.

Born in regional Victoria, Scott was raised on his family’s mixed cropping and grazing property near Echuca, a business which, after schooling, he became a partner.

Scott’s professional involvement withThe Nationals began with the Victorian Secretariat in 1998.  He was Federal President of the Young Nationals from 1999 – 2001.

Since this time Scott has worked on numerous State and Federal election campaigns and by-elections in Victoria and New South Wales.

Prior to his appointment as FederalDirector, Scott served for five years as Chief of Staff to the Western Australian Government’s Minister for Agriculture and Food; Forestry; Corrective Services, the Hon Terry Redman MLA.

In this role Scott successfully managed the transition to Government, the introduction of many initiatives and oversaw significant policy reform and major transformation of the Agriculture and Food and Forestry agencies in Western Australia.

From 2005 to 2008 Scott was the Manager of Trade Policy at the National Farmers' Federation (NFF) in Canberra. This included responsibility for international trade policy – the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and Free Trade Agreement negotiations.

During the Howard-Anderson Government, Scott most notably worked for the Hon Mark Vaile, Australia’s former Trade Minister for four years as a Political and Trade Advisor where he was responsible for the WTO, agriculture and several domestic political issues.

Scott was The Nationals Federal Campaign Director for the 2013 federal election. He has served locally on many State and Federal Campaign Committees and in numerous other Party positions.


Christine Ferguson
Immediate Past Federal President, The Nationals


Dexter Davies
Senior Vice-President, The Nationals


Ann McKenzie
Federal Secretary, The Nationals

In 2003 Ann had the privilege of joining the staff at The National Party’s Brisbane Secretariat. She found The Nationals to be a grass roots party and was immediately impressed by the down to earth attitude of the party members and the collective wisdom of the party.

Ann has held the roles of Branch Secretary, State Electorate Council Secretary, State Electorate Chairman, Women’s Vice President and Women’s President.  Ann for 2 years was a member of the LNP State Executive.

The Queensland Women’s Section has 1,400 members making the role of Women’s President a challenging administrative position.  Ann’s Master’s Degree in Business Administration certainly stood her in good stead as she streamlined the day to day operation of the LNP Women, including a review of the By Laws. Ann also ran a series of seminars across the state to encourage women to take part in the political process. These seminars were well attended and well received.

During her term as President Ann travelled all over Queensland attending each women’s party unit at least once a year. She discovered the difficulties and the expense of regional travel.  She meet with and listened to not just the women but also to hundreds of hardworking party members.

Ann was in the paid workforce until 2007 and brings to the role as Federal Secretary a wide range of administrative experience.

Ann has been fortunate to have lived overseas and to have had the opportunity to travel to many parts of the world. As she travelled she realised how fortunate she is to be an Australian. The National Party epitomizes the Australian values of free choice, a fair go and safe local communities.

 John Sharp

Hon John Sharp ADFM FCIT
Federal Treasurer, The Nationals

John Sharp is originally from a farming and business background and has served as Treasurer of The Nationals since 2005. 
His political career commenced in 1980 at the age of 25 when he was elected to the Young Shire Council. The same year he was elected to the South West Slopes County Council and to the Southern Tablelands County Council. In 1981 he became Chairman of the Young Neighbourhood Council, the Young Tidy Towns Committee, and Deputy Chairman of the Livestock and Grain Producers District Council.
In 1984 he was elected to the Federal Parliament in the seat of Gilmore. Following a redistribution in 1993 he represented the seat of Hume. He served 14 years in the Federal Parliament and, from 1987 to the end of 1997, on the Federal Coalition's front bench as Shadow Minister and later as Minister for Transport and Regional Development.
During his parliamentary career he became well known and respected for his role in promoting aviation safety and was responsible for numerous reforms including a complete rewrite of the aviation regulations to simplify them.  He was also responsible for the reform of Australia's railways.
Following his retirement from Parliament in 1998 John established his own transport consulting company, Thenford Consulting.  From 1999 to 2001 he was a director of ADI-Fox.  He is currently a director of Australian Aerospace, Deputy Chairman of Australia's largest independent regional airline Regional Express (Rex), and Chairman of Pel Air, an airfreight business and charter operator.
John was Chairman of the Aviation Safety Foundation of Australia from 2001 to 2007.  He part owns and is Chairman of Power and Data Corporation and in 2007, was appointed Chairman of the Advisory Council of Parsons Brinckerhoff.
In 2002/03 he conducted a Review of the Australian Shipping Industry on behalf of the Australian Ship Owners Association and in 2008 he became the official mentor of the Chairman of the Roads and Traffic Authority in Dubai.
John is also involved in a number of voluntary organisations as a Trustee and Board Member of John McEwen House, Member of the University of Wollongong Vice-Chancellor's Advisory Board and Co-Chair of the Cancer Council of NSW, Southern Highlands Branch.
John Sharp lives in the NSW Southern Highlands.
Terry Ann Cranwell

Terry Anne Cranwell
President, Women’s Federal Council, The Nationals

Terry Ann Cranwell and husband Philip are owner operators of Ellendale Station, Einasleigh breeding Braham Cross stock for live export and local markets.

Terry Ann has a nursing background and has held the following positions in the political field, having attended many FWC meetings, Federal Conferences and Council Meetings as both an observer and delegate and worked on numerous election campaigns, both within and out of state.

  • Candidate in Cook for State Election
  • Project Manager to Hon Rob Borbidge Premier of Queensland
  • Liaison officer to Queensland Young Nationals for four years 
  • Obtained  number three position on the senate ticket supporting Senator Ron Boswell
  • State President National Party Women for four years.
  • State Senior National Party Vice President the year leading to LNP amalgamation
  • Women`s Federal Council Secretary 2008-9-10-11
  • Women`s Federal Council Vice President 2013-2014
  • Hospital Board representative   9 years
  • Professional Conduct committee member 6years
  • Queensland Nursing Council representative  6years
  • Director  and volunteer of Friends of Togo charity
  • Works closely with RFDS,QAS and Qld police as a responder to emergencies.
  • Rural Fire Brigade 

Ruby Cameron
Federal President, The Young Nationals


Emma Watts
Chair, Policy Standing Committee


Mr Bede Burke
The Nationals – New South Wales

 Gary Spence Gary Spence
Vice-President, Liberal National Party of Queensland

Gary Spence is the inaugural Vice-President of the Liberal National Party of Queensland.
Gary is Managing Director of national consulting engineering firm, Brown Consulting, a firm he’s helped develop and grow to a point that it now employs over 200 staff in offices across Australia’s eastern seaboard and in Singapore.

At the same time, Gary has successfully completed both a Master of Applied Law and a Master of Business Administration.  He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Officer Fellow of the Association of Consulting Engineers.

Gary’s strong personal belief in the need for the property development industry to embrace a practical green agenda has seen him dedicate a considerable amount of his working life to demonstrating the tangible benefits of such a goal to industry. This has resulted in Gary helping found the Australian Green Development Forum – an industry body set up to facilitate and encourage sustainable development.

Gary is a Director of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) and chairs its Envirodevelopment Initiative. The Initiative provides developers with a rating tool which can be used to market their developments if they reach high environmental standards.

For the past three years Gary has also sat on the Board of Brisbane CityWorks – the Brisbane City Council’s civil construction and maintenance division employing over 1100 staff across Brisbane.
Gary grew up in the regional Queensland towns of Ingham, Mackay, Townsville and Toowoomba and now lives in Brisbane with wife Sabrina and the couple’s three teenage daughters.
Robert Mitchell

Peter Schwarz
President, The Nationals – Victoria


Mr James Hayward
President, The Nationals – Western Australia


Mr Grantley Siviour
President, The Nationals – South Australia

Grantley is a wheat and sheep farmer from Cleve on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula.
He and wife Tricia have three children and are heavily involved in their local community, as well as operating their farming interests.
Grantley joined the Nationals in 1980, as an inaugural SA Young Country Party member, and over the next three decades has held nearly every position possible at branch and State level in the South Australian National Party.
He served as State Director from 1990-1996, State Vice President from 1997-2002, State Treasurer since 2002, has been a candidate in State elections on three occasions, and Campaign Director for other candidates at State and Federal elections.
With a rural background, experience in the stock & station industry in his younger days, and an accounting background he has always championed the causes of the forgotten people in the rural and regional areas.
He has been an elected member on the Cleve District Council for several years and currently chairs several community organisations.
His involvement in politics and knowledge of political processes ensures he is constantly sourced for information within his local community.
Grantley’s contribution to the SA Nationals and his selfless involvement at State level for twenty five years was acknowledged in 2010 with a Life Membership.
With South Australia being a predominantly metropolitan based, traditional Labor state, Grantley believes the Nationals still have a vital role in delivering representation to those who most need it in the regional areas of the state. 

Victoria Mencshelyi
President, Country Liberals (Northern Territory)