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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 Agriculture High School Tamworth, I began working with Landmark Tamworth, concentrating on servicing the Manilla district for the next 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 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, rugby league with Barraba, tennis, water skiing, and you might even see me pull on the soccer boots with Manilla next season after retiring from League this year 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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Tim McDonald

I have worked at Hart Rural since 2013 as a casual then started full time in 2014.

I am a rural merchandise salesman; I enjoy talking to clients about their operation and products that may help them.

I also enjoy spending time with friends and family, working at home, playing soccer and hunting on my days off.  


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 jackerooing in Hay and Murrurundi, droving  in the Gulf Country and working on ”Killarney” a cattle station 360 kms south west of Katherine . I managed a cattle operation based at Nundle with the second property at Niangala for 8 years 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 and we have 4 boys aged between 17 and 8 and are currently living in Tamworth.

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I am an Agronomist with Hart Rural Agencies Barraba and Manilla, and am based in Manilla. I have been with the company for over three months – amazing what a cake can do at morning tea.

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

I am experience in broadacre 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 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

My job at Hart Rural is Rural Merchandise Sales at the Manilla branch.

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.

Scott Walker