Staff



General Manager

Jon Hurford

Jon began in the cotton industry as a classing room casual at Colly Cotton in Moree, NSW in 1999. In 2000 he attended the American Cotton Shipper’s Association’s International Cotton Institute in Memphis, Tennessee. During this time he also gained his Certificate in Cotton Classing from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Jon was with Colly until 2004 and joined ProClass soon after its inception and in time for its first season. Since then he has filled the role of Cotton Classer and Operations Manager, before being appointed General Manager in March 2010.

Professional Classer

Darren Cover

Darren began his career in the industry in 2005 as a trainee classer when he joined ProClass in its inception, just in time for the cotton season. Thriving under the guidance of our leading USDA qualified classers, Darren was sent to ICA Bremen's cotton classing school in Germany to obtain official certification in 2013. Darren was born and raised in Goondiwindi, his family having come from an agricultural background, mainly in sheep and cattle.

Southern Operations & Technical Manager

Patrick McDonnell

Patrick's time in the cotton industry began when he attended the Memphis Cotton Exchange International Cotton School in 1992. He then joined the Namoi Cotton Co-op in 1993, becoming classing manager in 1995. During his time with Namoi, Patrick attended many maintenance courses with USTER technologies, the High Volume Instrument manufacturer in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he gained his extensive working knowledge of the HVI machine. He also worked internationally in Japan and the US during this time.

In 2001 he joined Wakefield Inspection Services (WIS) where he worked extensively in Australia and internationally, specifically Brazil, India, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Paraguay. WIS contracted Patrick to ProClass for the 2005 and 2006 season. Since the 2007 season, Patrick has worked directly for ProClass as well as acting as an independent contractor both domestically and internationally. In 2016 Patrick was appointed Southern Operations & Technical Manager. This role sees him head up the classing operations in Griffith and manage the servicing and maintenance of the company's entire fleet of HVI machines.

Data Entry & Operations Assistant

Juliet Seth

Juliet has a solid background in providing administrative and operational support at an executive level. She began her career working for Clem Jones, a former Lord Mayor of Brisbane; then joined the cotton industry working for Namoi Cotton Co-operative Ltd, Wee Waa, as an Executive Assistant to the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors, for a period of 10 years. Juliet went on to work for the Shell Company of Australia, Kolan Shire Council and the National Institute of Accountants as State Director for Qld & NT. She is pleased to return to the cotton industry, joining ProClass in 2014.

Address: 7 Troy Drive, Goondiwindi, QLD, 4390      Tel: +61 7 4671 0333     Fax:  +61 7 4671 1333      Email:  classing@proclass.com.au


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