Media Release

Rural Financial Counselling Service NSW welcomes Craig Hough as new CEO

The Board of the Rural Financial Counselling Service NSW has recently appointed Craig Hough to the position of CEO. Craig comes to the role with a wealth of experience in agriculture, farm policy, advocacy and leadership. He holds a Master of Business Administration, Master of Social Science and Bachelor of Arts.

“We are delighted to welcome Craig Hough to our organisation that has for 30 years been helping NSW farmers through many tough times,” says Chair of Rural Financial Counselling NSW, Anita Kemp.

“As a Government-funded, not for profit organisation we look forward to Craig bringing his leadership, policy and strategic skills to the role and deepening the relationships we have with our many stakeholders,” she says.

“With the extension of the Rural Financial Counselling Service NSW’s program deed by the Commonwealth Government for another two years, we are more motivated than ever to continue to provide best-practice, free, empathetic and ethical financial counselling to farmers who need our help,” says Anita.

Craig comes to the Rural Financial Counselling Service NSW from Australian Dairy Farmers Ltd. He was the Director of Strategy and Policy since April 2018. His responsibilities included leading policy analysis, industry development and political advocacy and engagement at the highest level of government. Some of his key achievements include designing the mandatory dairy code of practice, leading significant submissions to parliamentary and government inquiries and designing and delivering some of the Australian Government’s $22 million dairy support initiatives.

Prior to this Craig spent a decade in various roles in the Victorian Department of Primary Industries.

“After working in policy, strategy and project management for more than 15 years, this role as CEO will provide the opportunity to consolidate and deploy my skills and outputs over my career such as grant management, service delivery, strategy, advocacy and business administration. I look forward to getting back into service delivery, learning more about issues facing NSW farmers and providing essential support to them,” says Craig.


RFCS NSW Media Enquiries:

Stakeholder & Communications Manager: Kate Anderson

0487 731 788

The Rural Financial Counselling Service Program is funded by the Australian Government and the New South Wales Government and is administered by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry