Professor David Hughes

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Professor David Hughes is Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing at Imperial College London, and Visiting Professor at the Royal Agricultural University, U.K. He is a much sought-after speaker at international conferences and seminars on global food industry issues, particularly consumer and retail trends. David has lived and worked in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Africa and South East Asia and has extensive experience as an international advisory board member with food companies and financial service organizations on three continents. For 20 years, he was a Non-Executive Director of Berry Gardens Ltd – a U.K. farmer-owned fresh produce business ($500+ million turnover in 2017). With his American business partner, David established, grew and sold a branded fresh food business which served supermarkets in the USA.

From completing his Ph.D. in meat marketing, Professor Hughes has had a rich professional lifetime of working with protein companies in all the major continents of the world, not least in Australia and New Zealand. He is known to many in the Southern Hemisphere through his 15 years of senior involvement in the Australasian Meat Executive Program. He has worked with meat companies in China, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, USA and Canada. His views are sought by individual firms, meat and egg industry associations, the media on global consumer trends in protein (meat and plant-based), retail developments and emerging innovative routes to the retail and food service customer.


Jason Clarke

JC BEST 01Celebrated author, adventurer, gold medal Olympian and popular TV chef; Jason Clarke is none of these things.

He is, however, one of the most sought-after creative minds in the country, but he thinks of himself a Plumber of the Mind, the guy you go to when your head gets clogged.

As founder of Minds at Work, he’s been helping people ‘think again’ since the end of the last century, working with clients across Australia in virtually every industry and government sector on issues ranging from creativity and trouble shooting to culture change and leadership.

His mission? To help people think.

His vision? A future that works.

He doesn’t know what he’ll be doing in 2020 but he’s open to suggestions.


Mark Harvey Sutton

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Mark Harvey-Sutton was appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary of the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council on 18 January 2019.

Previous to ALEC, Mark was the Manager of Rural Affairs at NFF, the a/g CEO of the Sheepmeat Council of Australia and Policy Director of Cattle Council of Australia. Before joining those organisations Mark worked for the Australian Government across a range of roles and issues including as Assistant Director, Meat and Livestock Policy at the then Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry, and as Departmental Liaison Officer for the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Laws for James Cook University, a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the Australian National University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mark is also admitted as a Lawyer in the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory


Tracey Hayes

T Hayes Profile PicFormer pastoralist Tracey Hayes is a senior industry leader and business executive and has spent her lifetime living and working in Northern Australia. Tracey was the first female Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association. In this role, Tracey led the billion-dollar NT pastoral industry at a time when the northern cattle industry was still recovering from the 2011 Indonesia live export suspension.

Tracey is a board member for the North Queensland Livestock Industry Recovery Agency, is a member of the Council for the Order of Australia and serves as a Director on the Board of the Australia Indonesia Institute, and the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia.  Tracey also Chairs a Northern Territory Government Statutory Authority.

Tracey has a Global Executive Master of Business, is a passionate industry advocate with a strong interest in agribusiness, agri-politics and championing women in leadership.


Jason Strong

Jason Strong HeadshotManaging Director, MAICD                              Appointed 25 March 2019

Mr Strong has more than 30 years’ red meat and livestock experience, knowledge and connections from the farm through to the end consumer in both domestic and international markets. He is a well-recognised and respected senior executive with extensive skills in commercial and industry business management and administration, supply chain development, meat science and grading, genetics and marketing as well as on-farm experience. Mr Strong is Managing Director of Meat & Livestock Australia Ltd and is a director of Integrity Systems Company Limited, MLA Donor Company Limited, AUS-MEAT Limited and Red Meat Traceability Systems Pty Ltd, and Chair of the EU and UK Red Meat Market Access Taskforce.

Previous roles:
CEO, Smithfield Cattle Company, Managing Director AA Co, MLA’s regional manager in Europe and Russia, Pfizer (now Zoetis), past Chair of the Australian Beef Industry Foundation. Manager and coach of the Australian Inter Collegiate Meat Judging Team and councillor and NSW Chairman and National Vice President of Cattlemen’s Union of Australia.


Professor Robyn Henderson

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Robyn Henderson is regarded as a networking strategist, author and ghost writer. She has authored and contributed to more than 25 books (including 20 on networking and business building and 3 on self-esteem and confidence building).

Her career includes over 20 years as a professional speaker, 10 years in sales and telemarketing management and 13 years in hospitality. Robyn also successfully ran women’s networks for 6 years in the ‘90s and was listed in the Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame (1997) and listed in the Top100 Spirited Women of Australia (New Woman Magazine).

Robyn was presented with the ‘Speaker of the Year’ award from the National Speakers Association of Australia in 1997 for her contribution to the speaking industry.

In 2000, Robyn received the prestigious Nevin Award. In 2003, Robyn was honoured to be appointed Adjunct Professor at the Southern Cross University in Lismore, NSW, Australia.

Robyn held the role of Executive Officer with the National Speakers Association of Australia from 2007- 2009 and received the 2010 Walter Dickman Award from NSAA in recognition of her contribution to the speaking industry throughout Australia and New Zealand.


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