Elections

The nominations for the 2023 Cattle Australia Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) elections and for two democratically elected Board Director positions opened Monday 9 October 2023 and closed Wednesday 18 October 2023. Voting will open on Friday 27 October 2023. 

Why you should nominate:

  • You’ll play a key role in shaping the future of the grass-fed cattle industry, ensuring the voices of Australian cattle producers are heard during critical decision-making processes.
  • You’ll be part of a powerful voice representing Australian cattle producers and beef lovers.
  • You’ll be a part of the only legislated organisation dedicated to representing grass-fed cattle producers.
  • You’ll help shape the future of the grassfed cattle sector.
  • You’ll build on the work of previous leaders within Cattle Australia, expanding beyond policy to develop strategy around advocacy, consultation of members at a grass-roots level, and engagement of broader society. 

Our members are the experts in the business of beef – we want you to lead the way and we want to make sure your voice is heard!

Eligibility

REGIONAL CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE 

Nominee eligibility

To be eligible for election as a member of the RCC, you must:

  • be an Individual Member or Associate Member of Cattle Australia
  • be allocated to the sub-region in respect of which you are seeking election.

Nominee selection criteria

Nominees for RCC must have the following competencies or experience:  

  • Experience in the grass-fed cattle industry. 
  • An active community member in their sub-region.
  • Respected reputation. 

Election process:

  • The upcoming election will cover the fifteen directly elected positions.
  • Representation on the RCC is at a regional level, with elections also taking place at a regional level.

Appointment term:

As per the current Cattle Australia RCC by-laws the term for these positions is as follows:

  • 7 of the Representatives who commence at the 2023 AGM shall have a one-year term (until the 2024 AGM).
  • These 7 Representatives shall be determined by the RCC Chair by drawing names from a hat at the first meeting of the RCC.
  • The term of the remaining 8 Representatives will be two years (until the 2025 AGM).

Refer to the nomination form for more details.

BOARD DIRECTORS

Nominee eligibility

To be eligible for election as an Elected Director of Cattle Australia, you must:   

  • be an Individual Member of Cattle Australia or the representative of an Individual Member noted in the Membership Register
  • be allocated to the Region in respect of which you are seeking election
  • not be an employee of Cattle Australia or any state farming organisation  
  • have given your consent to act as a Director to Cattle Australia 
  • not be otherwise prohibited by law from being a director of a company. 

Nominee selection criteria

Nominees for Elected Directors must have at least one of the following competencies or experience:  

  • Experience in the grass-fed cattle industry. 
  • Understanding of the purpose of a peak industry body.
  • Experience in developing corporate strategy.
  • Respected professional reputation. 
  • Legitimacy and credibility, including relevant networks. 
  • Business development, acumen and experience in business diversification. 
  • Prior or current Board experience or formal governance training. 
  • Experience in areas such as finance, accounting, audit or risk management. 
  • Management experience, particularly as CEO of an organisation in the grass-fed cattle sector. 

 Appointment term and election process

  • As per the CA Constitution, the appointment term for these two Directors is three years.
  • As Cattle Australia is a national organisation, the vote for the Board Directors will be a national vote. 

Refer to the nomination form for more details.

About the Board

Cattle Australia is governed by a seven-person Board of Directors, consisting of seven democratically elected Directors.

In this election, Cattle Australia is seeking nominations for two Board Directors – one from the North Australia Beef Research region (NABR) and one from the Southern Australia Livestock Research region (SALRC) – to be elected by all Cattle Australia members. Refer to map to see the three Cattle Australia regions.

Election to the Cattle Australia Board of Directors represents a great opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills to lead the grass-fed cattle industry, by ensuring that the industry’s national peak body provides a strong, influential and inclusive voice for producers and supports the prosperity of the grass-fed cattle sector. 

About the RCC

The RCC will comprise fifteen directly-elected Cattle Australia members from the identified 15 sub-regions (see map below) and eight State Farming Organisation (SFO) representatives, appointed by their respective SFO, with a Board appointed Chair. The upcoming election will cover the fifteen directly elected positions.

Find out more about the RCC subregions here

As a member of the RCC, you’ll play an integral role in identifying priorities for Cattle Australia, advise on policy and advocacy content and strategies, and strengthen our direction through greater engagement with grassroots members.

You can view the Cattle Australia Constitution here and the By-laws here to learn more about Board of Director positions and the RCC. 

Key Dates

Update your details!

To ensure you’re ready to take part in the upcoming election process, now is the ideal time to review your membership details. You can do this by logging into the Cattle Australia member portal at https://login.cattleaustralia.com.au/Sys/Profile

Next steps

All members will receive notification on the voting process for both Director and RCC positions on Monday 9 October.

The Cattle Australia Board looks forward to working with its members over the coming months on this significant representation step for Australian cattle producers.  

If you have any questions about this process, please do not hesitate to contact Cattle Australia, Interim CEO, Adam Coffey at ca@cattleaustralia.com.au.

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Garry Edwards

Managing Director and CEO, Maureen Pastoral Company

Garry was born and raised on a commercial beef cattle property south of Gloucester in New South Wales. Garry has personal cattle production interests in this region today as well as his corporate role as the Managing Director and CEO of AAM, a business that has a significant focus in continuing to expand beyond our cattle production interests in Central West NSW, near Forbes and Bective Station near Tamworth, NSW.

Garry has over 25 years’ experience in large scale livestock production management within the Australian agribusiness sector. His experience spans across a vast array of areas of the agricultural supply chain and includes managing businesses involved in livestock breeding, growing and finishing, financing of agricultural projects, implementation of precision agriculture practices, investigation and implementation of sustainability and innovation initiatives and developing and operating integrated agricultural businesses.

In 2007, Garry founded the company that today is AAM, commencing the development, operation and management of a portfolio of agricultural assets valued at $887 million and he remains the major shareholder of AAM.

Garry has a unique skill set across multiple facets of the grass-fed cattle production supply chain, from production through to finishing, as well as a unique perspective of the challenges facing all grass-fed producers within Australia through his involvement in the modernisation and development of livestock marketing facilities throughout Victoria, NSW and Queensland.

George King

Managing Director, The Whitney Pastoral Co and Manager, "Coombing Park"
George is a seventh generation Australian farmer, currently managing his family property which they have held since 1880. George operates an Angus breeding and finishing operation joining 1,500 cows per year, with a low-cost model turning off steers at feeder weights and direct sales of females.

George has long been on a regenerative agriculture path as it was the only way he could see to renovate their property 25 years ago without employed equity or working capital, which at the time they didn’t have. He continues with this model as it provides outstanding cost containments, continued production and profitability.

George is married with four (4) children, Harry 24, Emma 22, Dave 15 and Tom 13. He also enjoys flying and has his pilot’s license.

George is also a Founding Director of The Wellness House and a Founding Director of ONFARM CO. He has a strong voluntary involvement with his community including as the NSW Rural Fire Services Senior Dept Capt. and Chairman of St Paul’s Carcoar.

Bryce Camm

Grazier, camm agricultual group

Bryce Camm hails from Dalby in Queensland’s Darling Downs region where he oversees his family’s company Camm Agricultural Group; an integrated beef and cropping enterprise with interests across Queensland.

Bryce has been CEO of the group for the past eight years. Prior to that he was the Manager of the group’s award winning Wonga Plains Feedlot for eight years where he oversaw the operation triple in size. Growing up on “Natal Downs” Station in north Queensland Bryce undertook a dual degree in Business Administration and Communications at Bond University and is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program as well as the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course.

Bryce is currently the Chairman of Beef Australia Ltd and the Immediate Past President of the Australian Lot Feeders Council, as well as a previous Director of the Red Meat Advisory Council. 

Elke Cleverdon

Owner and Director, Cleverdon Agriculture - Grass Fed Black Angus

Elke is an experienced non-executive director in the agribusiness and customer-owned banking sector with a passion for member-centric organisations. She brings a grower perspective coupled with her genuine drive to elevate the industry through innovation. She was selected to the National Farmers Federation ‘Diversity in Ag Leadership’ 2022, among 12 women nationally. 

Elke has a broad background in the agricultural industry as a producer and rural financial coach across regional NSW challenging business models & production systems for growers across a wide range of commodities. Elke is a joint owner & director of a broad acre family cattle farm at Harden NSW since 1993. Cleverdon Ag raises & trades black Angus cattle  

Elke brings a wealth of financial, risk management and governance experience. Her current non-executive director roles include Local Land Services (NSW), Murrumbidgee Health (NSW Health) and SWS Credit Union. Some of her many strengths is a strong focus on strategy, risk and a triple bottom line while chairing large scale audit & risk committees  


David Foote

Director - Tandarra Partners

Nominated by: Peter Hall, Troy Setter, Bryce Camm, David Hill, Adam Coffey 

For the past 45 years, David has held rural property management, executive and senior management positions across all mainland states in areas of; beef cattle & sheep breeding, growing and lot feeding, meat retailing, small seed growing, irrigated fodder, and the further processing and exporting of primary products such as meat, grain and fodder.

His export experiences which started in 1989 included a role with Stanbroke Pastoral Company to help develop Stanbroke’ s Live cattle export program. Additionally, David managed the integration of Bottle Tree feedlot grain feeding in the production system while developing and launching their now globally recognised Diamantina beef brand.

David has been in a leadership role at the Lee Family’s, Australian Country Choice group of Companies since 1999 and progressed in that time from General Manager Properties & Livestock to Group Managing Director until stepping back in December 2020 from a full time role to a strategic advisory and board role.

Headquartered in Brisbane and employing over 1,400 staff across 42 operations, Australian Country Choice (ACC) operates Australia’s largest vertically integrated beef supply chain; encompassing cattle breeding, cattle growing and feedlotting to supply its integrated food processing facility in Brisbane that incorporates beef slaughter, beef boning, value-adding and case ready beef packing.

ACC’s cattle property portfolio of around 4 million acres in Queensland & NSW encompasses operations from the Barkly Tableland, CQ coalfields, Carnarvon ranges, Augathella, Blackall, Roma, and Moonie districts of Queensland, with a carrying capacity of 300,000 head. of cattle to support the Company’s 3 feedlots.

Additionally, David represents Agricultural & Cattle industry interests in his role as; Non-Government member Australia­ Indonesia Red Meat & Cattle Partnership, member SmartSat CRC, member Cattle Australia -Policy Council, member Australian Meat Industry Council -China & Halal Trade Groups, Chair Workplace Health & Safety Queensland -Rural Industry Sector Standing Committee, Deputy Chair Laguna Bay Pastoral investment committee and Board Member lnventia Genetic Technologies (IGT). 

Away from work David has a small cattle property in the Mt Kilcoy (Qld) district running Charolais & Charbray breeders to the delight of his four grandchildren.

David wishes to continue into a second term to help build a strong and successful Cattle Australia to represent the interest of all cattle producers