Our People

NVT Staff

NVT Stuff update - all current NVT staff joined the GRDC in December 2017.

Neale Sutton - Manager, NVT Systems

Neale joined ACAS in 2007 and spent over 8 years as Operations Manager of the NVT program. In July 2015 he moved into the position of General Manager. His in-depth experience and knowledge of the program made for a smooth transition into the GM role. The expanding scope of the NVT program has allowed for Neale to assume responsibility for the financial, board and secretarial management of ACAS Ltd, as well as managing all other areas of the program. Neale studied BAgSc at Melbourne University's Parkville campus and has previously worked with Nufarm Chemicals.

Ben O'Connor - Systems Officer, National Variety Trials

Ben joined ACAS in 2015 as the Operations Coordinator, he is responsible for the management of the operational areas of the NVT program, to collaborate with participating breeding companies and NVT service providers. Ben is from a farming family in the North Eastern region of Victoria and studied BAgSc(Hons) at Melbourne University’s Dookie Campus. Ben brings a range of industry experience from a trials research and seed sales background in previous roles.

Tatjana Karov, NVT Administrator  

Tatjana joined ACAS in 2013 and is responsible for the communications and marketing side of NVT. Her responsibilities include website maintenance, information/data updates, providing information/data as needed, establishing and maintaining contact with breeders, coordinators, advisers and everyone who has an interest in the NVT Program. Tatjana has a MSc degree in Agricultural Economics, BSc degree in Agribusiness Marketing and Management and and ASc degree in Marketing for the Food Industry. Before joining ACAS Tatjana worked for the Rice Research and Extension Center - University of Arkansas, located in Arkansas, USA.