Sally Higgins


NousGroup Background Pattern
Sally is an experienced consultant and project manager with a passion for complex problem solving, sustainable development and meaningful community engagement.
She combines experience as a farmer in a regional community and a policy consultant with a strong understanding of government strategy and systems. Her consulting projects have focused on partnering with state and federal government departments, not-for-profit and private organisations to support strategy development, land use planning, organisational transformation, economic development and complex program evaluation.

Influential work

  • Currently working with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewable to conduct a multi-year evaluation of a component of the Future Drought Fund, which involves extensive engagement with regional and remote communities and agricultural organisations across Australia
  • Identified opportunities for a state government to provide greater value in agricultural industry, based on value chain analysis of select industries in agriculture, fisheries and forestry
  • Completed an economic and outcomes evaluation of a regional social infrastructure grant program, involving extensive stakeholder engagement with regional community members, local councils and state government staff.

Outside of Nous

Prior to joining Nous, Sally worked as a financial services organisational development specialist, designing and coordinating workforce development initiatives. She completed a Bachelor of Business (Honours) at the Queensland University of Technology, exploring the decline of rural Australia due to the selective service withdrawal of banks and building societies and the response of the people and communities affected.

Sally also holds a 2024 Nuffield Scholarship, an international scholarship awarded to emerging leaders in agriculture. As part of this program, she will research how Australian agriculture should adapt to the net-zero- and climate change-driven land use changes.

Sally and her partner operate a mixed cattle and cropping farm on Queensland’s Darling Downs. Sally supports operations and leads financial management, including strategic planning and forecasting.

In her spare time...

Sally enjoys time outdoors with nature. In her spare time, Sally enjoys travelling and eating delicious food.