Meet our Team

Garry Edwards

Managing Director

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Garry Edwards

Managing Director

Garry Edwards is the Founder and Managing Director of the AAM Investment Group Pty Ltd (AAMIG).  He has over 20 years’ experience in investments and management within the Australian agribusiness sector.  As an equity investor, he has developed assets and opportunities in livestock production, livestock marketing, value added marketing and processing, and consistently delivered superior financial returns.

Garry studied a Bachelor of Applied Science, Systems Agriculture at the University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury where he graduated as dux of his course and also received a scholarship to attend the University of Illinois in the United States.

In his early career, Garry created Livestock Exchange and developed the technology and systems that today underpin Australia’s multi-billion dollar livestock industry through the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS). These days, Australia is the envy of all other livestock export markets due to the value attributed to commodities that fall under the NLIS program.

Garry has extensive experience in a diverse range of agricultural businesses from family operations through to large scale integrated corporate agricultural operations across a range of industry sectors.  In 2007, AAMIG commenced the development, operation and management Operation and Management a portfolio of livestock selling facilities on behalf of Australian Superannuation funds which today trade over $1 billion of livestock annually.

Headquartered in Brisbane, our team of over 280, operate across regional Australia.

Tim Gallagher

CEO

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Tim Gallagher

CEO

Tim is the Chief Executive Officer for AAMIG, primarily responsible for the operational success of the portfolio of assets managed by AAMIG. With over 25 years in agriculture production and livestock supply chains across a range of disciplines, Tim is uniquely qualified to assess the benefits and risks associated with agribusiness investments, and to identify and extract value through an active management approach and strategic capital investment. Tim leads a dedicated team of operational professionals, managing a large portfolio of assets around Australia focused on ensuring strong, risk-managed returns for our client investors.

Ben Wratten

General Manager - Operations

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Ben Wratten

General Manager - Operations

Ben is a successful and proven leader in beef production. Experienced in supply chain development and management, delivering Australian beef into Domestic and International markets. Before joining AAMIG Ben was the General Manager of Beef production for Minderoo Group - Minderoo, Nanutarra, Uaroo, Minilya and Brickhouse stations as well as a Director of Harvey Beef.

Ben has over two decades of experience in beef production. His knowledge, skills and understanding of the whole production system is proven. Building a team to create positive change in a beef business is something he has accomplished many times. Management of farming, irrigation, aquifer management, artificial breeding, planning and delivery of composite genetics, fertility, weight gain/feeding efficiency, logistics management, production systems and challenges in four different states is what I bring to the table. 

Over the past decade he has been responsible for property development planning and project management of large scale investment, focussed on ROI, increasing productivity, improving property utilisation and accelerating capital value.

James Thompson

Regional Operations Manager - VIC

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James Thompson

Regional Operations Manager - VIC

James has been a key part of the AAMIG team for a number of years specialising in implementation, application, development and training of saleyard software throughout this period. James originally began as the Northern Victoria Livestock Exchange Operations Manager and is currently the Southern Regional Manager of the portfolio. James heavy involvement with the Operations of Saleyards lead him to being the President of the Australia Saleyards Managers Association and on the board of Australia Livestock Markets Association for two (2) years. James is currently heavily involved in the implementation of Sheep EID in Victoria.

Before completed a Diploma in Farm Management at the University of Sydney James was working in the Northern Territory and Queensland. Prior to joining the Operations team at AAMIG James went on to managed and operated a mixed farming enterprise property for thirteen (13) years at Coolah, running merino sheep, trading heifers and approx. 1000 acres of farming for grain and fodder.  

Gavin Tickle

Regional Operations Manager - QLD

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Gavin Tickle

Regional Operations Manager - QLD

Gavin completed his apprenticeship at Gough and Gilmour in the Hunter Valley as a Plant Mechanic through the Caterpillar dealership and spent time in the USA. Gavin then moved on to running a family business doing mechanical repairs and fabrication to the rural sector.

Gavin then moved on to Operational Management at a large scale intensive cattle operation, in addition to this Gavin worked in an Operations Manager role with a livestock transporter and following this spent some time in the mining industry.

Gavin joined the RLX team in July 2016 as Operations Manager at Tamworth Regional Livestock Exchange (TRLX), a part of the ever expanding RLX network. Tamworth is the fourth largest cattle selling facility in NSW and growing as one of the state’s leading store markets. Gavin’s role at TRLX included the management and co-ordination of sale days along with the site maintenance and compliance. Tamworth is also looking to expand its services provided to the producers and buyers by introducing yard weaning, health treatments, inductions, weight ranging and all other additional services we can assist with. Gavin is currently completing a Diploma in Business.

Gavin became Regional Operations Manager - QLD in 2019 where he overseas all Queensland assets, whilst still fulfilling his role as CQLX Operations Manager. 

Brock Syphers

Regional Operations Manager - NSW

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Brock Syphers

Regional Operations Manager - NSW

Brock grew up on the outskirts of Orange, in the New South Wales Central Tablelands. After finishing his high school education Brock spent time working on cattle stations in Central and Northern Queensland, where he developed a keen interest in large scale cattle operations and the wider agricultural industry.

In 2008, Brock commenced working at Central Tablelands Livestock Exchange (CTLX) as a saleyard assistant, starting six months after the first sheep and cattle were sold out of the iconic CTLX facility. 

Brock’s role, as site operations manager included the management and co-ordination of all cattle and sheep sales, maintenance of the facility, ensuring areas of animal welfare and site safety are met and all other operational procedures. Brock currently manages a team of 50-60 staff members. Brock focuses on engaging with the local community through addressing advertising opportunities and contributing to sponsorship of local charities and sporting teams on behalf of CTLX.

In 2019, Brock commenced his role as Regional Operations Manager - NSW and currently oversees CTLX Carcoar, HRLX Singleton and TRLX Tamworth. 

Jarrod Koch

CVLX & CRLX Operations Manager

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Jarrod Koch

CVLX & CRLX Operations Manager

Jarrod grew up across NSW spending time in Dubbo (Central West), Braidwood (Southern Tablelands) and Forster (Mid-North Coast). After completing school, he entered the Australian Defence Force completing a Civil Engineering qualification and then spending time across a variety of roles including deployed camp maintenance, airfield management and project liaison. His ability to quickly grasp the requirements of any problem and provide effective, efficient and timely solutions saw him become a valuable asset to the teams he managed.

Jarrod developed a keen interest in Australian agriculture and after leaving the ADF, decided to move into the agricultural industry – spending time in the grain industry as a contractor and storage site operator plus time in John Deere and Kubota machinery sales. Jarrod also owns and operates a prime beef enterprise in the Barrabool Hills region near Geelong turning out Angus calves for domestic and export markets.

Jarrod commenced at CRLX in 2018 and is enjoying the broad elements of the role including facility, personnel and sale-day management. Jarrod has a strong focus on providing a safe facility for everyone working at or visiting CRLX whilst maintaining high standards of animal welfare. Jarrod’s main area of interest is the utilisation of the site to its full potential including exploring complimentary activities and services.

Steven O'Brien

IRLX Operations Manager

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Steven O'Brien

IRLX Operations Manager

Steven grew up on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales at Wauchope on the family cattle property. Upon completion of schooling Steven completed a Fitter Machinist Apprenticeship at Multinail Machinery. Following this, Steven worked in varied jobs from Mining, Machinery, Manufacture to Rural Contracting and Horse Breaking.

In 2009 Steven started pre-sale scanning at Inverell and then started leading the team who did the scanning at Inverell. In April 2012, Steven started as the Operations Manager at IRLX following. The role includes Management and coordination of Sheep and Cattle sales. Steven manages a team of 20 staff. Maintenance of site and ensuring animal welfare and compliance is maintained to a high level is an imperative aspect of Steven's role. Steven enjoys assessing and rolling out additional site services that may be of a benefit to the site users. 

Tim Keys

NVLX Operations Manager

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Tim Keys

NVLX Operations Manager

Shana Wilkinson

TRLX Operations Manager

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Shana Wilkinson

TRLX Operations Manager

Michael Bourke

Assistant Operations Manager

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Michael Bourke

Assistant Operations Manager

Libby Hufton

Operations Coordinator

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Libby Hufton

Operations Coordinator

Libby grew up on a mixed farming enterprise in Harden, New South Wales. After completing her Bachelor of Business (Major - Agribusiness) at the University of New England. Libby worked for the Queensland Chamber of Agricultural Societies before taking her role in the Operations team with AAM Investment Group.

Libby is in an integral part of the Operations Team at AAMIG, contributing to the ongoing success of a range of agricultural assets. Libby works closely with various teams, including Business Development, Finance and Corporate Services. Contributing her skills across a range of areas, Libby assists with business development, financial modelling and trend analysis, as well as the planning, preparation and evaluation of the overall success of the groups operational goals and objectives.