A Little Bit About Dr Kristy Howard

B Agric (Hons) (Uni Melb), PhD (Uni Melb)Dr Kristy Howard
Accredited Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Fellow of the Institute for Learning Practitioners (ILPF)
Member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF)

Dr Kristy Howard has been designing, delivering and evaluating industry development and training programs for farmers in the Meat and Wool industries since 1995.  In 2008 she started her own consulting business, Inspiring Excellence, focusing on business coaching and mentoring, business and leadership development for rural business women, project management and facilitation. 

Kristy is passionate about inspiring and enabling people, businesses and communities to achieve their potential through professional and personal growth.  She is especially passionate about working with rural and regional Australians, in particular farmers, and women seeking a balance between work and motherhood.

Originally trained as a Research Scientist in Agricultural Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Kristy has made the successful transition from research to working with farmers and government to working with small business and community.  She has achieved change in a variety of industries and community organisations through application of her unique blend of leadership, engagement, management, facilitation, mentoring and coaching skills. 

Kristy has a PhD in Agricultural Biochemistry, a Bachelor of Agriculture (Hons) and has recently obtained her international accreditation as a Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner.  She is the Vice-President of the Beechworth Chamber of Commerce, a Fellow of the Institute of Learning Practitioners and a member of the International Coaching Federation.

Raised in the country, Kristy came to Beechworth in 1998 with her husband Paul (a carpenter) while working for the Department of Primary Industries at Rutherglen.  They both consider Beechworth the best place they have ever lived in (and there have been a few) and live in their antique home with their 3 children, 1 dog, 1 cat, chooks and guinea pigs.  Kristy is one of Beechworth’s ‘6am gym junkies’ after discovering the benefits of adding regular exercise to her life after the birth of her third child in 2006.

2011      Practitioner - Neuro Linguistic Programming– Leadervision Australia.
2005      Certificate in Targeted Coach – Executive & Business Coaching, International Coaching Academy
2002      Diploma in Frontline Management, Swinburne University of Technology
2001      BSZ98 Certificate IV – Workplace Trainer and Assessor, Rural Industries Skills Training (RIST)
1998      Certificate in Applied Science (Extension), VCAH Longerenong – The University of Melbourne
1996      Doctor of Philosophy. The University of Melbourne
1990      Bachelor of Agricultural Science, (First Class Honours), The University of Melbourne
1989      Certificate in Woolclassing, Melbourne College of Textiles

Employment history
2008     Managing Director of Inspiring Excellence Pty Ltd
2007     Innovation Specialist – Engagement and Practice Change (Meat and Wool) Department of Primary Industries – Victoria (Vic DPI)
2004     Special Projects – Meat and Wool, Vic DPI
2001     EDGEnetworkTM State Coordinator (Vic), Contracted to RIST through Vic DPI
2000     EDGEnetworkTM Regional Coordinator (SE Aust.), Vic DPI
1999     Coordinator of Training and Development for EDGEnetworkTM, Vic DPI
1998     Project Manager for Beef and Lamb Best Practice, Vic DPI
1997     Project Manager for Lamb Marksman, Vic DPI
1995     Industry Development Officer (Prime Lamb), Vic DPI
Professional affiliations and memberships
ICFilp 2010-current    Vice President – Beechworth Chamber of Industry & Commerce
2010-current    International Coaching Federation – member
2010-current    Border Business Chicks - member
2009-current    Fellow, Institute for Learning Practitioners

Major Publications

Project reports

Howard, K.A. (2009) Project Report – A Coach Approach to Achieving Practice Change.  Report for DPI’s Innovation Fund 2009.
Howard, K.A. (2009) Project Report - Scoping Study Report - Is there a role for government investment in Farm Business Management? Report for DPI’s Agricultural Development Portfolio.
Exploring the impact of three decades of government investment into the Victorian Lamb Industry (2007).  Report for the Department of Primary Industries.
Howard, K.A. (May 2000) Training & Development of EDGEnetwork Deliverers, Final Report for MLA contract PMP 036.
Howard, K.A. (Oct 2000) Report on the Marketing of EDGEnetwork in SE Australia, Jan-Oct 2000.  Report for MLA contract EDGE 4-500.

Scientific & Conference Papers

Howard, K. A., Walsh, S.J. and Lamb, K.S.  (2004) BeefCheque® – A ‘dirty boots’ approach to achieving profitable beef production in Gippsland. Aust. J. Exp. Agric. 44 (851-862)
Gayler, K.R., Halloran, G.M., Eagles, H.A. and Howard, K.A. (1997)  Cereal Storage Proteins: Characteristics and responses to nutrition and environment.  In Sulphur Metabolism in Higher Plants (Ed W.J. Cram et al) pp 95-107
Howard, K. A., Gayler, K. R., Eagles, H. A. and. Halloran, G. M  (1996)  The relationship between D hordein and malting quality in barley.  J. Cereal Sci 24: 47-53
Howard, K. A., Gayler, K. R. (1994) Genetic variation in D hordein in barley. In the RAIS 44th Australian Cereal Chemistry Conference Proceedings.
Howard, K. A., Gayler, K. R., Eagles, H. A. and. Halloran, G. M  (1994) The effect of environment on protein quality and subsequent malting quality in barley.  In the RAIS 44th Australian Cereal Chemistry Conference Proceedings.
Howard, K. A., Gayler, K. R., Eagles, H. and Halloran, G. M. (1993)  The relationship between D hordein and malting quality in barley.  In the Proceedings of the 6 th. Australian Barley Technical Symposium, Launceston, 1993.


Howard, K.A. (1999)  Marketing Lambs Over-the-Hooks – A step by step guide.  Department of Primary Industries