RNA Foundation



The Royal National Agricultural & Industrial Association of Queensland (RNA) Foundation celebrates and champions the essential role agriculture plays in the everyday lives of Queenslanders through raising funds to aid agricultural heritage preservation, agricultural education and agricultural awareness and development.

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Created in 2017, the RNA Foundation (RNAF) is the charitable arm of the RNA. It was established to aid agricultural heritage preservation, agricultural education and agricultural awareness throughout Queensland.

Who Benefits

The Three Pillars

The RNAF contains three pillars, which represent the areas in which all fundraising efforts will be focused. These pillars are intrinsically linked to the underlying mission of the RNA, which is to celebrate and champion the essential role agriculture plays in the everyday lives of Queenslanders.


The agricultural show movement in Queensland was established in regional areas to promote and encourage the development of pastoral, agricultural, horticultural and industrial interests. Whilst the RNA has a rich and diverse history spanning over 140 years, the history of agricultural shows predates its establishment.

The RNAF has established a Heritage pillar in order to aid agricultural heritage preservation. Projects under this arm of the RNAF may include restoration or preservation of buildings or sites historical significant to the agricultural show movement in Queensland, or collation and preservation of historical artifacts or records significant to the agricultural show movement in Queensland.


Educational opportunities are essential for ensuring that the wider community understands and values the role agriculture plays in everyday lives, and for providing a firm foundation for our next generation of agricultural leaders. The RNA is committed to engaging and informing all community members about primary industries through first class educational facilities and initiatives.

The RNAF has established an Education pillar in order to aid agricultural education for youth and adults. Projects under this arm of the RNAF may include educational bursaries for school children or universities students, or tiered fundraising for agricultural education facilities (in rural and regional areas).


The RNA was established to celebrate and champion the essential role agriculture plays in the everyday lives of Queenslanders. Significantly, agriculture pays a vital role in the economic, social and environmental sustainability of Australia.

The RNAF has established an Agriculture pillar in order to aid agricultural awareness and development. Projects under this arm of the RNAF may include bursaries for youth involvement in agricultural competitions, or tiered fundraising for agricultural awareness or development (eg. mental health, natural disaster relief, agricultural facility development).

Our Board

The RNAF is a company limited by guarantee, governed by a Board consisting of one Councilor from the RNA, one member of the RNA FDC, one RNA FDC alumni and two independent directors.

Mr Don Chandler - Chairman

BBus, Member AICD

Don Chandler

Don Chandler was elected to the RNA Council in June 2015.  Don is currently a Partner of Crestone Wealth Management following the acquisition of UBS Wealth Management in June 2016. Don joined UBS in November 2012 after a 21-year career with Ord Minnett. Don was the Queensland State Manager of Ord Minnett for 8 of those years. During his career Don has provided investment advice to a broad range of Private and Wholesale investors. The move to UBS and subsequently Crestone has provided the platform and resources to significantly expand his expertise and offering to High Net Worth clients.

Don and his family have had a long association with the RNA and he is a former President of The Brookfield Show Society. In addition to the RNA, Don is a Director of the Queensland Club Foundation, Chairman of the Brookfield Recreation Reserve Trust, and a Non-Executive Chairman of a Private Queensland Families Investment interests. He is a member of the AICD and holds a Bachelor of Business, QUT.

Mr Tim Fairfax AC

Tim Fairfax

Tim Fairfax was a former RNA Council member from 2004 to 2015, where he was Chairman of the Horticulture and Pisciculture Committees and a member of the Appeals and Disciplinary, and Audit Committees.

With rural properties in Queensland and New South Wales, Tim is passionate about supporting rural, remote and regional communities. The founder of the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, which has gifted over $44 million since 2008 to community-based arts, music and sporting projects in regional Queensland and The Northern Territory. Tim is also a Director of the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, named after his father, which has donated more than      $155 million. A keen supporter of The Ekka, Tim is also Chancellor of the Queensland University of Technology and promotes higher educational opportunities, particularly to students in struggling rural communities. A founding benefactor of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, Tim is one of its largest donors.  Sitting on numerous boards and trusts for the arts, Tim is a keen collector and donor of art and is making an extraordinary philanthropic contribution to Australia's arts community.

Mr Ben Poschelk


Ben is an accredited leadership facilitator through the Proctor Gallagher Institute (USA) and assists individuals and teams to improve their performance and results both personally and professionally.  Ben is an admitted Solicitor in the State of Queensland and has worked in private practice and in-house in the principle areas of food and agriculture, property, corporate and insurance laws.  His commercial experience extends to business development in international trade and marketing food based commodities globally. Ben works closely with his family business, which produces beef cattle and sugar cane in North Queensland.

In addition to serving as a Board member of the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland's (RNA) Foundation, Ben serves as a Board member of Camerata - Queensland's Chamber Orchestra, Member of the Brisbane Festival Giving Committee; Member of the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation Grants Committee; and formerly a Member of the RNA's Future Directions Committee serving as Senior Deputy Chairperson.

Miss Caitlin McConnel

LLB (Hons) BBus (Fin) GdLP

Caitlin McConnel

Caitlin McConnel is the Chairperson of the RNA Future Directions Committee and a Brisbane-based lawyer, working at Australian law firm Clayton Utz. Caitlin is also a sixth-generation custodian and historical spokesperson for her family property Cressbrook Station near Toogoolawah, as well as a member of the advisory committee for the Somerset Regional Art Gallery 'The Condensery'. Caitlin's family has a strong historical connection with the RNA now spanning six generations, dating back to the first Exhibition held in 1876.

Mrs Ann Ballinger

Anne Ballinger

Ann has been associated with the pastoral industry for most of her life, having lived in numerous rural locations, mainly  western Queensland. Following her husband's death in 2000, Ann has independently and successfully run the family sheep and cattle grazing property.

She is a Director of  Dessert Channels Queensland, which is part of the National Resource Management group. Ann is on the Water and Land Carers committee, and  is a North Executive member of Agforce. She has been a committee member of the Landsborough Flock Ewe Show, Muttaburra, for 30 years and was inaugural lady President 2009/2010.

The people and communities of  inland  Australia have a very special place in Ann's heart.


Donations to the RNAF of a value of $2 or more are fully tax-deductible. Donations may be allocated to a specific charitable pillar (heritage, agriculture or heritage), or to the general charitable funds within the RNAF.

To make a donation, please complete the online donation form below.

Online Donation

If you wish to make a donation by way of cheque, please download the PDF below and send your completed donation form and cheque to:

RNA Foundation

Locked Bag 1010

Albion QLD 4010

Please made cheques payable to: RNA Foundation