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.

Daniel Lynch

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I have been involved in the pastoral industry, specifically beef cattle production, for the last 42 years as owner/manager of breeding and fattening enterprises. During that period, I have willingly embraced change in the industry, being proactive in grazing and production techniques.

I presently have a property North of Cloncurry and another South West of Katherine in the NT.

I have developed my grazing properties to allow me to practice “rest and rotation” grazing management of pasture which, leads to increased economic and resource sustainability

As a custodian of several pastoral leases I have gained knowledge on grazing management through experience and education on how to sustainably manage the resource from which I make a living. I have developed my grazing properties to allow me to practice “rest and rotation” grazing management of pasture which, leads to increased economic and resource sustainability.

Geoff Pearson

Geoff Pearson

Geoff Pearson is a third generation cattle producer. His family were originally involved in dairy and beef farming in the Brunswick Junction area of the south-west of Western Australia. He has since transitioned out of dairy and focused on expanding his beef cattle operations, which now include breeding, backgrounding and lot-feeding enterprises, as well as a live-export and meat export business. Geoff represents the Cattle Council of Australia, where he is also the Chairman for the MMAT Committee. He has over thirty years of experience in the cattle industry and agri-business sector, and is currently a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mark Minchin

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Mark has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment, a Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning, and he is a Certified Financial Planner. He has been involved in financial planning and wealth management for over 23 years. 

Mark began his career in accounting with one of the big four before moving into financial services where he worked for some of Australia’s leading fund managers and investment banks prior to founding Minchin More in 2011.

His strong industry background, thought leadership and commercial savvy, allows Mark to act as a valued sounding board for his clients on all matters financial.

Mark works with HNW families, individuals and for purpose institutions. Mark is the father of three and in addition to enjoying time with his young family is a keen sportsman, competing in long distance ocean paddling events around Australia. Mark’s wife Chantal, also a paddler, is a two time Olympian and Beijing Bronze Medallist. With this key alignment of interests Mark was able to play a significant role in Chantal’s coaching in the lead up to the Beijing Games.

Matt Dalgleish

Prior to joining Mecardo, Matt began his career in 1993 with ANZ Bank as a technical analyst for foreign currency and interest rate markets. Matt progressed onto the currency trading desk, both in Australia and London.

In 2005 he left ANZ to pursue a career in teaching. Matt spent six years in the education sector initially teaching VCE Economics and then moving onto special needs education.

From early childhood, Matt has always had an interest in the agricultural sector. In 2012, he decided to move his family to a hobby farm on the outskirts of Ballarat where he could pursue a more rural lifestyle.

Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from RMIT and a postgraduate degree in Education from Monash University. He is also the owner of a commercial piggery near Bendigo.

Tim Ryan

Tim Ryan

Tim has worked for Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) for the past five years and supported industry across various market research and analysis functions.

Currently based in Singapore, Tim analyses the global meat trade and the competitive landscape within which Australian red meat and livestock operate, providing insights and supporting industry to make more informed strategic decisions. In addition, Tim services MLA’s global offices by delivering insights at trade events and through business development activities in South East Asia.

Previous roles have ranged from developing MLA’s industry projections and supporting producers’ use of market data to make better business decisions, through to providing retailers and end users with consumer insights to build business strategy and maximise the value proposition of Australian red meat.


Sally McDow

Sally McDow

Sally McDow is one of Australia’s leading culture and reputation experts with in-depth legal, corporate governance and whistleblowing program expertise. Sally has 20 years’ experience managing corporate governance, culture, reputation whistleblowing, risk and compliance issues across multiple sectors in Australia, North America, the Cayman Islands and Europe and has worked on international regulatory investigations relating to Sarbanes Oxley, Bribery and Corruption and Anti Money Laundering.

Sally has conducted multiple reviews of governance structures for organisations across Australia including a substantial review of the Australian Live Exporters Council in 2018.

Sally was admitted as a solicitor in Queensland, obtained an MBA from Simon Fraser University Canada, holds a diploma of corporate governance from the Chartered Company Secretaries Institute, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a SAI Global qualified internal auditor. Sally is the Director of the advisory firm Culture, Performance, Reputation Partners.

Ian Bradshaw

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Ian Bradshaw is the current President of the Australian Cattle Veterinarians, a special interest group of the Australian Veterinary Association, representing more than 1100 cattle veterinarians in Australia.

Ian has been a practicing veterinarian for 25 years, working in WA, NT and QLD and, for the last 15 years, has co-owned and run a 100% cattle practice based in Busselton WA, servicing dairy and beef properties locally and live export clients, providing pre-export services, as a shipboard AAV and veterinary support for exporters in a number of destination markets across the globe.

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