Board of directors
Dr Allan has a broad background in executive and board positions within the pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnology, packaging, food, agri-business, education and government sectors and brings strong expertise in corporate governance, strategic planning and leadership and commercialisation of intellectual property. 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, and RuralCo Holdings Limited. Current board positions include Grape and Wine Research Development Corporation, Grain Technology Australia Limited, Innovation Australia, CallahanInnovation, and Grain Growers Limited. She is Chair of the William Angliss Institute and Grains and Legumes Nutritional Council and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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 Livestock and International Trade and then Managing Director of Landmark. He led Landmark’s partnership with the Future Farmers Network, assisting it to become the preeminent young farmer network. In addition to roles in agribusiness, Richard has applied his focus on developing people, company culture and innovation, while managing financial results through strategy execution to executive positions in retail, manufacturing, logistics and warehousing with Wesfarmers Dalgety, Toll Holdings, Woolworths and Coca Cola. 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.
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. During the last decade she has been a director of four cooperative research centres and was Deputy Chairman of the Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre, retiring in December 2011. 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 Director of MLA Donor Company Ltd.
Dr Harper is a career scientist with extensive research experience within universities, CSIRO and cooperative research centres. Dr Harper’s research has been into aspects of genetics, biochemistry, and human nutrition and development. He has worked in laboratories in Australia, the USA and Sweden. More recently he has turned his attention to the translation and commercialisation of science for the benefit of the community. Dr Harper is currently the Director, External Engagement for CSIRO’s Animal, Food and Health Sciences division, and previously Deputy Chief for Business Development of CSIRO Livestock Industries. He holds a bachelor of science degree as well as a doctorate in biochemistry, a graduate diploma of management majoring in technology, and a company director’s diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Dr Harper is a member of the Selection Committee.
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 is one of the largest users of embryo technology in northern Australia. He was the Vice-Chair of the Beef Australia Board until 2012 and a past member of the industry advisory committee of the Beef CRC II.
Mr McKillop has extensive agribusiness experience gained through various executive and director roles in the meat and livestock, and grains industries. From 2007 to 2011, Mr McKillop was the managing director of diversified commodities producer Clyde Agriculture, a fully-owned subsidiary of John Swire and Sons. Previous executive roles included general management positions with Elders Australia Limited, and as a senior executive with Stanbroke Pastoral Company. Mr McKillop has considerable experience evaluating R&D proposals, as well as strong skills in global marketing, financial management, strategic planning and corporate governance. He is currently CEO of Australian Farms Funds Management, the manager of Sustainable Agriculture Fund, which owns and operates grain, cotton, beef and dairy farms across NSW, Victoria and Tasmania. He is a non-executive director of Dairy Australia, CS Agriculture (Cubbie Station) and Primary Industries Education Foundation.
Mr Scott has a lifelong involvement with the north Australian cattle industry beginning with his early experience with Stanbroke Pastoral Company, and his most recent corporate role as Operations Manager of Georgina Pastoral Company based at Lake Nash Station in the Northern Territory. 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. Now residing at Thylungra Station in southwest Queensland he is currently Managing Partner of Scott Cattle Company producing commercial cattle in Queensland and SA, and a Director of Thylungra Cattle Co Pty Ltd and Kyabra Creek Pty Ltd.
Mr Trefort manages his family’s property at Narrogin in WA. He has more than 40 years’ experience in sheep and cattle production as well as management across the supply chain. Mr Trefort has worked extensively developing on-farm and processing R&D strategy with the Department of Agriculture (WA), University of WA and Murdoch (WA). In 2007, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Science from Murdoch University. He remains actively involved in the processing sector and has been successful in developing and commercialising innovative ranges of meat cuts for both domestic and international markets. He is a current member of the WA Beef Council and director of the Sheep CRC. In 2010, Mr Trefort was recognised as the Rural Achiever of the Year by the Royal Agricultural Society of WA.
Mr Watt is the manager of a family farming partnership based near Cowra NSW, producing Poll Dorset and White Suffolk rams, prime lambs and crops. Mr Watt is past Vice President and Treasurer of Sheepmeat Council of Australia. He is also a past member of the Sheep Genetics Australia Advisory Committee which oversaw the establishment of Sheep Genetics and the development of Merinoselect.