Board of directors
Dr Michele Allan BAppSc MMgtTec MCommLaw DBA FAICD
(Chair) Director since November 2011
Dr Michele Allan has an academic background in biomedical science, management and law. Dr Allan is a past executive director and non-executive director of Patties Foods Limited and was previously a non-executive director of the Dairy Research & Development Corporation, Forest and Wood Products Australia, Ruralco Holdings Limited Tasmania Fruit & Vegetable Taskforce, Tasmanian Irrigation Pty Ltd, Callaghan Innovation, William Angliss Catering & Hospitality TAFE College and Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation. Current board positions include Innovation Australia, Food Innovation Australia Limited, Apple and Pear Australia Ltd, Grain Growers Limited, Cooperative Research Centre Hearing and member of the CRC Advisory Committee. She is Chancellor Charles Sturt University, Chair of the CSIRO Food and Nutrition Flagship Advisory Committee, and Legumes Nutritional Council, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Dr Allan is also a member of the Selection and Remuneration Committees.
Richard Norton MBA
(Managing Director) Appointed 2 June 2014
Richard Norton joined MLA as Managing Director in June 2014. The fifth generation of a beef and sheep farming family from Monaro NSW, Richard began his working life as a rouseabout and jackaroo. He has spent more than 20 years serving livestock producers as a stock agent and auctioneer across NSW, where he still farms beef. His drive to see Australian agribusiness thrive has led him to hold various executive positions, including Head of Live Export and International Trade and then Managing Director of Landmark Operations Australia, a subsidiary of Agrium Inc based in North America. In addition to roles in agribusiness, Richard has held executive positions in retail, manufacturing, logistics and warehousing with Woolworths, Coca Cola, Wesfarmers and Toll Holdings. Richard has an MBA from Monash University, and has held various Board positions including Agrium Asia Pacific, the Australian Wheat Board, RD1 New Zealand, Landmark Harcourts and Australian Wool Handlers. He was also Chairman of Integrated Traceability Solutions (Global) and AuctionsPlus. Mr Norton is also a director of MLA Donor Company Limited, National Livestock Identification System Limited, Red Meat Traceability Systems Pty Ltd and AUS-MEAT Limited.
Alan Beckett B Ec, FICA, GAICD
Director since November 2014
Mr Beckett has a keen interest in the agriculture industry and in particular the beef industry and currently operates a 550 Angus cow herd at Yea in Victoria. He had forty years’ experience with a major professional services firm, practising in the area of audit and corporate services in the large companies sector with an emphasis on listed public companies. He brings extensive business experience to the Board, along with general finance, accounting and governance expertise together with practical experience in doing business in Oceania, South East Asia, Japan and India. Mr Beckett is also experienced with the operations of audit committees, including chairing audit committees and attendance as the external auditor. Mr Beckett is a non-executive director of Defence Health Limited, Westbourne Capital Pty Ltd and Westbourne Credit Management Limited, and a member of the Very Special Kids Foundation. He is Deputy Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee of the Department of Defence and the independent member of the Audit & Risk Committee of Note Printing Australia Limited. Mr Beckett was previously Chairman of Basper Limited (formally Berklee), a publicly listed company in the automotive industry. He is currently Chair of MLA’s Audit & Risk Committee.
Lucinda Corrigan BScAgr (Hons 1) FAICD
Director since November 2007
Ms Corrigan is a Director of Rennylea Angus, a leading beef genetics business running 3,000 head of cattle across five properties in the Murray Valley of NSW. Rennylea supplies commercial producers across Australia and genetic products to international markets. Ms Corrigan has skills and experience in R&D, genetics, natural resource management, communications, marketing and advocacy and for 20 years has served as a non-executive director on industry bodies and innovation companies. She has been a Director of 4 CRCs, including Deputy Chairman of the Future Farm CRC. In 2014 she was appointed Commissioner of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. She is Chairman of the advisory committee of the Graham Centre, a partnership between Charles Sturt University and NSW Department of Primary Industries. In the Holbrook community, she is convenor of the local beef group’s activities. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation. Ms Corrigan is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee and a Director of MLA Donor Company Ltd
Geoffrey Maynard BBus
Director since November 2011
Mr Maynard runs a 10,000-hectare cattle stud seedstock operation near Jambin in central Queensland. He has 35 years’ experience in northern production systems, and has had significant involvement in collaborative research and genetics programs. Maynard cattle company, has been one of the largest users of embryo transfer technology in Northern Australia. The Maynard Family was one of the largest suppliers of cattle for the Beef CRC 1 Project in the 1990's and participated in CRC 2 and CRC 3. Mr Maynard was previously the Vice-Chair of the Beef Australia Board and a past member of the industry advisory committee of the Beef CRC II. Mr Maynard is also a director of MLA Donor Company Limited.
Chris Mirams GradDip Financial Markets
Director since November 2014
Mr Mirams is an agricultural consultant based in Albury and has extensive commercial and practical experience in Southern Australian sheep meat production and managing sheep enterprises covering prime lamb, wool and meat with the latest technology and benchmarking. He has significant experience in strategic research and development, broad commercial experience in southern beef production, specialist skills in business, finance, corporate governance, communication and leadership. Mr Mirams is passionate about the agricultural industry and rural and regional Australia. Mr Mirams participated in the Australian Rural Leadership Program, is a past Chair of Holbrook Landcare Network and EverGraze National Advisory Committee and served on the AVCLP and Scots School Albury boards. Mr Mirams is a member of the Selection and Remuneration Committees.
Director since November 2013
Mr George Scott has had a lifelong involvement with the north Australian cattle industry initially as an employee of both corporate and private operators in Queensland and NT, more recently as an owner operator. Mr Scott has a broad knowledge of beef production systems, resource management, genetic development, breeding programs, land management and industry associations. During the past decade, Mr Scott has held senior executive and representative roles in the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA), acted as the NTCA Cattle Council Delegate, and been a member of the Barkly Regional Advisory Committee to the Northern Australia Beef Research Council. Based at Thylungra Station in southwest Queensland he is currently Managing Partner of Scott Cattle Company producing commercial cattle in Queensland and SA, a Director of Thylungra Cattle Co Pty Ltd and Kyabra Creek Pty Ltd. Mr Scott is also a director of AUS-MEAT Ltd.
Erin Gorter BA (education) GAICD
Elected in 2015
Erin Gorter is a business and events planning management entrepreneur and West Australian livestock producer. Erin was born into a farming family and with her husband Thys, running a mixed farming operation in Kojonup, WA, Western Australia, producing prime lamb, wool and grains and conducting sheep trading and a small amount of agroforestry her husband. Erin also runs her own business, established to foster the pursuit of further opportunities through business management advice and events planning in rural areas, specialising in management for grower groups. Erin was awarded the WA RIRDC Rural Women’s Award Runner Up in 2010 and sits on the Board of the WA Meat Industry Authority (WAMIA) as a producer representative, is a director of AgVivo and Chairman of the Board Nominations and Remunerations committee for the South Coast Natural Resource Management Board.
Steven Chaur GradDip Marketing, MBA (Monash), MAICD, AFAIM
Elected in 2015
Steven Chaur is a highly experienced consumer marketer and brand strategist. He has more than 25 years’ experience in fast moving consumer goods within the food industry, specifically in primary industry related sectors such as fresh dairy (milk), meat processing, seafood and vegetable processing. He has past executive experience with Saint-Gobain SA, Tip Top Bakeries, Findus Australia Pty Ltd, National Foods Limited and Simplot Australia Pty Ltd. Steven has developed successful company and brand growth strategies and led organisational teams to deliver sustainable profit contributions through strategic market development, global sourcing and consumer brand marketing and innovation activities. Steven has had broad exposure to global business environments and trading cultures in markets including Asia, China and Europe. He and is currently Managing Director and CEO of Patties Foods Limited and is non-executive director of Davies Bakeries Pty Ltd.
Robert Fitzpatrick BEc, LLB, MBA, GAICD
Elected in 2015
Robert Fitzpatrick is an industry business builder and technology expert with 30 years’ experience in world‐class sales and marketing, for small and medium enterprises and start-ups, through to large corporates and government agencies. Widely travelled, with a strong track record as a business builder, Rob has a detailed understanding of industry representative bodies, fast moving consumer goods, research and higher education, retail, telecommunications and the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sectors. Rob has a passion for improving the efficiency of Australia’s agricultural sector, applying new analytics to de-bottleneck supply chains and dramatically reduce the cost of moving product from farm gate to foreign markets. Rob is a director of the Australian Academic and Research Network (AARNet), Robec Oz and a senior executive of Data61 (formerly NICTA), a committee member of the Export Council of Australia and councillor of Charles Sturt University.