The Rural Press Club of Queensland awards life membership to outstanding individuals who have given substantial service to rural industry in Australia or in promoting the objectives of the Club.

Alan Ernst

Alan served as the Club's first Executive Officer for nine years retiring in December 2015. He provided great support and assistance to the Presidents and Executive Committees during that period. Alan's association with the Club stretches over 40 years when he was working for the then Queensland Department of Primary Industries.

Genevieve McAulay

Gen began her career as a journalist at the Dalby Herald before joining the staff of Rural Press which is now Fairfax Agricultural Media where she was an award-winning feature writer and editor of the specialist publication Cotton Outlook which circulated to the industry throughout Queensland and New South Wales. Gen is now the Queensland and Northern Territory Marketing Manager for Rabobank.

Gen is a former President of the Rural Press Club and is the current President of the Australian Association of Agricultural Journalists.

Gordon Collie

Gordon's award-winning career in rural journalism spans more than 35 years. Based in Brisbane, Gordon completed a journalism cadetship in his native New Zealand, before moving to Australia in 1974. He worked for the leading farm weekly Queensland Country Life for 11 years, including a stint as the paper's North Queensland representative based in Townsville. Gordon was then invited to become Rural Editor with Queensland's major daily The Courier Mail, a post he held until setting up his own media consultancy Agri-Prose Ltd in 1999. A three-time winner of the Queensland Dalgety Award for Excellence in Rural Journalism, Gordon also reported extensively from South East Asia on an ASEAN scholarship.

Gordon has held several executive positions with the Rural Press Club and is currently Treasurer of the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists.

Jane Milburn

Jane was part of a small core group which was instrumental in resurrecting the Rural Press Club in 2000. She devoted eight years to the cause of building the Club into the respected rural and agribusiness forum it is today. Jane took a position on the newly established Executive team, and rose to become President, leading the Club into a progressive new era.

Bill Kerr

Bill was one of the original members when the club launched in 1972 and held most positions on the executive including terms as Treasurer, Secretary and President. He was made a life member of the club in 1981. Bill worked as a reporter for Queensland Country Life and later became Managing Editor of subsidiary company Strand Publishing, and was responsible for the sugar magazine Producers Review. He joined Canegrowers in 1979 to launch their new magazine Australian Canegrower.

Phillip Bate

A foundation member of the Queensland Rural Press Club, Phillip Bate, was awarded life membership at the 2008 annual general meeting in Brisbane.

Phillip was a cadet journalist with Queensland Country Life when he attended a meeting to launch the club in June 1972. The first function was held at the Brisbane Exhibition two months later.

He was elected to the committee and was President from 1981 to 1984. During his term he represented Australia at Asian Council of Agricultural Journalists conferences in the Philippines in 1980, Pakistan in 1982 and New Zealand in 1986.

Chris Walker

Chris Walker is the Communications Manager at Growcom, the peak body for the Queensland horticulture industry. She is also Managing Editor of the monthly magazine, Fruit & Vegetable News. She is a Life Member of the Rural Press Club (Qld) Inc and has served the club over the years as Treasurer, President and Secretary. Prior to joining Growcom in 2006 she was the Director of a small public relations consultancy, Write Action Communications, working with agribusiness companies including Nufarm and Crop Care Australasia.