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 and Forest and Wood Products Australia. Current board positions include RuralCo Holdings Limited, Grape and Wine Research Development Corporation, Grain Technology Australia Limited and Innovation Australia. She is Chair of the William Angliss Institute and Grains and Legumes Nutritional Council and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr Hansen served as MLA’s Regional Manager in North America for two years prior to his appointment as Managing Director in July 2011. Since joining MLA in 2004, Mr Hansen has been General Manager for Corporate Communications and from 2006 also had responsibility for MLA’s livestock export program. Prior roles as Executive Director of the Victorian Farmers’ Federation Pastoral Group and the Sheepmeat Council of Australia have given him an ideal perspective on both producer and industry interests. He also worked with the Victorian Department of Primary Industries. After graduating with a rural science degree from the University of New England, Mr Hansen spent time working in agricultural industries in Europe and the Middle East. Mr Hansen is also a director of AUS-MEAT Limited and MLA Donor Company Limited.
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.
Ms Gilbertson’s family has a long history in the meat industry, commencing in the wholesale meat trade in 1901 to become one of Australia’s largest processing businesses. She was a member of the management team of the business from 1989 to its eventual sale in 1997, and performed the roles of Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary. Ms Gilbertson has held a number of directorships in community services, financial investment and management, and property development. She is currently the principal of a private consulting practice, a member of NAB’s Private Wealth Advisory Council, and a director of a residential property joint venture between her family group of companies and Lend Lease. Ms Gilbertson has a strong accounting, finance, audit and risk management background, having worked as an auditor and management consultant for Ernst & Young.
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.