Dr Jeff Coutts is a passionate supporter of APEN. He organised the first Australasia Pacific Extension Conference at the Gold Coast, Queensland in 1993, where the concept of APEN was initiated. While working in the background as a keen supporter and advocate, Jeff was a member of the APEN Committee of Management in 2004 and 2005. He has delivered inspiring sessions at APEN Conferences and regional events.
Jeff worked as a volunteer in PNG, in private extension and as a poultry extension officer. He developed the Extension Strategy in Queensland in the 1990s and became director of the Rural Extension Centre having completed a PhD in extension. In 2001, he established his company focusing on the evaluation of extension. An adjunct professor at USQ, Jeff supervises and examines extension PhDs and is on the editorial panel of an extension journal.