Emma McCullagh is the current president of the Central Highlands Cotton Growers and Irrigators Association (CHCG&IA). She and her husband Chris manage a family irrigation farm on the Nogoa River which produces irrigated cotton, chickpeas and wheat. She has a background in project delivery across the education, health and agricultural sectors. In 2009 she became involved in the local irrigation industry by becoming the secretary of the growers association and saw the results that were being achieved at a grassroots level which had positive impacts on the community and the wider industry.
Emma is currently engaged to support the Fairbairn Irrigation Network Pty Ltd as the board and irrigators consider a transition to local management. Emma also works for Central Queensland Rural Health (CQRH) engaging with stakeholders across the primary health sector to respond to local needs as well as supporting their board to achieve the objectives of the organisation.
Her passion is for engaging with people and enabling and encouraging everyone to be involved in their community and industry. Basically, she loves to talk and help people reach their full potential. She is also kept busy raising her three active sons, William 10, Sidney 8 and Edward 7.