Our team

Belinda Cay

Director and Senior Manager – Education and Training

M: 0423 295 576

Belinda is a science communicator and educator with a passion for primary production. She has 15 years’ experience in using colour, fun and credibility to communicate science to non-scientific audiences – and has received national accolades for her work.

With a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a Graduate Diploma in Scientific Communication, Belinda engages audiences using a range of hands-on and interactive platforms, such as practical displays and demonstrations and all forms of traditional, social and digital media. She has extensive experience in designing education and training programs which use enquiry-based learning principles and is an engaging science presenter, a skill gained as part of the Questacon Science Circus.

Belinda’s previous industry positions include FarmBis Program Leader and Youth Development Leader with Primary Industries and Regions SA and Education and Communication Officer with the Primary Industries Centre for Science Education. She spent five years as Communications and Education Manager for the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics where she developed Get into Genes, an education program which has reached more than 30,000 students. Under her tenure, the program received the Cooperative Research Centre Association Award for ‘Excellence in innovation in education and training and public outreach activities’. She was also the science consultant for Beyond Television Productions and helped develop ABC children’s science program Backyard Science.

Belinda has received two Next Generation Scholarships from the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of SA (RA&HS) to represent South Australia at the international Royal Agricultural Society Conference in Scotland and New Zealand. These trips enabled her to review agricultural education initiatives and discuss best practice techniques with the President of the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth, HRH Princess Anne.

Belinda is a skilled public speaker and Master of Ceremonies. She has hosted radio show Blond Science and the Oliphant Science Awards and officiated at the launch of the Do Dairy campaign, in addition to many industry and school events.

Belinda is a RA&HS Board Member and Vice Chair of the RA&HS Education Foundation, an Executive Member of the Royal Adelaide Show and Councillor of its Grains and Fodder Committee. She lives on a farm near Owen in SA’s Mid North with her husband and four children.

Rebekah Starick

Education Officer

M: 0419 380 151

Rebekah is an education and administration officer responsible for delivering activities regarding Food and Fibre Education SA including attending careers events to promote industry and development of the Full STEAM Ahead Career Scholarship.

From Punthari, just north of Mannum in the Murraylands, off of a piggery and broad acre cropping property, she is currently studying Bachelor of Agricultural Science at the University of Adelaide and aspires to become an agronomist. She aims to work with producers to better understand their production systems and new technologies.  She is heavily involved with the local farmers group, Murray Plains Farmers, as well as working within the agricultural industry over harvest, in both the grains and horticulture industries.

In 2014, Rebekah took part in the PICSE Scholarship and through it has found a love for educating others on the importance of the agricultural industries and a passion for soil science.