Tagged as Tasmania's top political lobbyist and one of the most influential people in the state, Jan Davis is a passionate advocate for the industries in which she works.
A skilled communicator, Jan is adept at responding on message in both mainstream and social media environments. Well known for her ability to express key points of an argument clearly and to present information in an accessible manner, she is considered a go-to person by the media.
Jan has held leadership roles in a number of industry groups in the agriculture sector. As well as her work as a consultant, she is currently CEO of Protected Cropping Australia, representing Australia’s fastest growing agricultural sector.
Past roles have including the Agribusiness Association of Australia, the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, Growcom (Queensland Fruit and Vegetable Growers), Greening Australia, the Australian Mushroom Growers Association, and the Nursery and Garden Industry Association of Australia. She's served as CEO of the Launceston Chamber of Commerce and also of the Local Government Professionals (Tasmania). In all these roles, she has earned a reputation as an innovative thinker and a driver of change.
Jan is also an experienced non-executive director, with current roles including Landcare Australia Limited, Fermentation Tasmania Ltd, and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Tasmania) Ltd. Previous board roles have included the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, Plant Health Australia Ltd, Horticulture Australia Ltd, the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, and chair of the Australian Agricultural Colleges Corporation.
Having served on a number of key government and industry bodies nationally and across five states, Jan has an extensive network across many industry sectors.
With more degrees than you can poke a stick at, Jan never lets the grass grow under her feet. Her qualifications include a Master of Agribusiness; a Master of Environmental Planning; a Bachelor of Economics; and Graduate Diplomas in Environmental Studies and Education. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; a fellow of the Australian Institute of Management; a Fellow of the Australian Society of Association Executives; a member of the International Farm Writers Association; and a member of the national Rural Press Club.
Since moving to Tasmania in 2010, Jan has resided in Perth, Tasmania, where she is an elected member of the Northern Midlands Council.