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JACOB Hawley

I’m the company Merchandise Manager & Real Estate Licensee at the Manilla store, and have worked with CB Hart Pty Ltd since Charlie purchased the Manilla store in 2005.

I grew up on a 10,000 acre farm at Nyngan NSW before moving to Manilla, when my parents purchased a small farm on the back of Keepit Dam.

After finishing Year 12 at Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School in Tamworth, I began working with Landmark Tamworth, concentrating on servicing the Manilla district over the following four years.

I had no hesitation, when approached by Charlie, to run the Manilla store in 2005 and have enjoyed servicing all our clients ever since, helping them to achieve the best results with their farming practices. I enjoy a challenge and try to do the best I can for them. As well as working for CB Hart, I feel I also work for our clients to achieve the best prices and to offer the best products.

In my time off, I love spending time with my wife Heidi, our two children Meaghan and Liam, and travelling. I also enjoy playing cricket, soccer, tennis, and water skiing, having just retired from League after 10 years with Barraba.

I love being part of the community - I am proud to work for a community-minded company made up of locals supporting locals.

JENNY Whitbread

I have been with Hart Rural Agencies Manilla since its commencement in October 2005.  I was a casual employee with Allfarm and Industrial Supplies for four years prior to Charlie Hart acquiring the business.  My role at Hart Rural is accounts payable/receivable with some administrative duties.  I work with a great team and enjoy helping customers where I can.  

One of seven children, I was born and bred in the western suburbs of Sydney.  After leaving school, my first full time job was with an entertainment agency at Glebe (in an administrative capacity not an entertaining one).   I was there for six years before securing the position of Executive Secretary for Wright and Company Pty Ltd, a metal merchant business in Alexandria.  The 80’s saw me travelling with friends to Bali, Fiji, a cruise, America, Europe and Scandinavia.  I think it’s time to go back!

I moved to Gunnedah in the early 90’s, eventually settling in Manilla with my husband and two children in 1998.

Jenny Whitbread

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Christopher Atkinson

I have worked for Hart Rural since June 2016. My job is rural and residential property sales which I really enjoy. I love the interaction with all the different clients you deal with, both good and not so good, getting out there talking to country people and seeing new country.

I grew up on the family property west of Tamworth and have worked in the bush all my life, including jackarooing in Hay and Murrurundi, droving in the Gulf Country and working on ”Killarney”, a cattle station 360kms south-west of Katherine. I managed a cattle operation based at Nundle with the second property at Niangala for eight years and then was contracting before becoming part of the team here at Hart Rural.

I am married to Sarah, who is a manager for a mental health support provider in Tamworth, we have four boys aged between 10 and 19 and are currently living in Tamworth.


I am an Agronomist with Hart Rural Agencies, and am based in Manilla. I have been with the company for almost two years (since June ‘17) – amazing what a cake can do at morning tea.

I have worked in Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales, either in Farm Management or with rural industries - still have warrants outstanding.

I am experienced in broad-acre cropping, intensive pasture production, animal nutrition and alternative fertiliser programs.

I went back to the University of New England to teach an old dog new tricks - every day that you learn something new is a good day.

I am enjoying watching the new generation of farmers take the reins, some easier than others, and in my first week at Manilla I found that real estate legend Chris Atkinson and I attended the same B&S Ball in our younger days.


Scott Walker

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My job at Hart Rural is Rural Merchandise Sales at the Manilla branch, as well as being the Stihl technician.

I have previously worked as a Scale Technician for Wedderburn Scales.

I started my apprenticeship there, and for the last 10 years have been based in Tamworth servicing Northern NSW.

After being in the same industry for so long I am really enjoying the different aspects of the role here at Hart Rural.

In my time off I enjoy relaxing with the family and hunting.


I was born in Maitland and grew up in the Maitland/Woodberry areas. I completed Year 10 at St Mary’s Catholic School Maitland, and in 1989 completed a Certificate and Advanced Certificate in Agriculture at C.B. Agricultural College (now known as Tocal College), where I met my husband Ian.

In 2005, we moved to Halls Creek, where my husband, daughter and I live on 500 acres running horses, cattle and some poultry.

I have worked for numerous horse studs and trainers, as a dairy hand/milk maid on several dairies, and also in retail selling stock feed, horse, cattle, animal health and poultry products.

In my spare time I enjoy horse riding, swimming, showing horses and poultry. My other interests include horse nutrition and animal health.


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I’m the Property Manager at our Manilla office; I have experience in residential property sales, administration, advertising and course & career advisement. I enjoy a diverse role in my position where every day is something different.

I was born in Bellingen, but most of my childhood was spent between Denman, in the Hunter Valley region, and Anna Bay on the Port Stephens coastline; we settled in the friendly little town of Manilla 15 years ago.  I spent 8 years working in the real estate industry in Tamworth before relocating to Newcastle for a career change a couple of years ago. The beaches were beautiful and shopping was great, but nothing quite beats country hospitality and smiling faces as you walk down the street.

In my down time I enjoy being out in nature, spending time with my family and fur babies, bush walking and crystal collecting.

Kobi Passfield

I moved to Manilla about five years ago to enjoy the country lifestyle, be closer to family and get to know where my mum was from. I was brought up in Bargo which is no longer a quiet little country town like Manilla, Sydney is now just a stone throw away and there are too many city people.

I have worked in the retail industry for the past 22 years, and 20 years of that has been in management. My first job was with Darrell Lea Chocolates in 1997 and went on many tours of the factory in Kogarah and got to taste as many samples as possible. From there I moved into fashion with Bonds and Target. In 2009 I started working for Aldi and spent eight years with them. I loved the physical side of work with them just not the hours that went with the role.

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