Paddy Handbury has a long history of working in rural and regional Australia. After leaving school, he worked as a jackeroo, before completing a Diploma of Farm Management at Glenormiston Agricultural college.
Paddy returned to the land, managing his family farm from 1978-1998 and developing his own broad-ranging farming interests including the renowned Collinsville Merino Stud, an 8,000 acre cereal cropping operation, as well as growing merino wool, establishing a lamb feedlot and a 5,000 head Wagyu breeding and export operation.
In addition, Paddy has been involved in several downstream agribusinesses spanning from Tasmania to central Queensland, including Webster, Grascos Shearing and SJ Saunders Trucking Company.
More recently his interests have diversified into property development and managing one of Australia’s most high-profile sporting events, the Australian Golf Open.
Paddy remains strongly involved in rural Australia, serving as a Director of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal. He also has a deep commitment to education, serving as Deputy Chair of Geelong Grammar Council and on the Geelong Grammar Foundation. Paddy is an advocate of Positive Education, chairing the fundraising campaign to build the Well Being Centre at Geelong Grammar and advocating the introduction of Positive Education to the school.