Board of directors

Dr Michele Allan

BAppSc, MMgtTec, MCommLaw, DBA, FAICD
Director since November 2011

Dr Allan has an academic background in biomedical science, management and law. Dr Allan currently holds board positions with Innovation Australia, Food Innovation Australia Limited, Apple and Pear Australia, Grain Growers, Nuffield Australia and CSIRO. She is Chancellor of Charles Sturt University.  Dr Allan is Chair of Meat & Livestock Australia Limited and MLA Donor Company Limited, a director of Integrity Systems Company Limited, and a member of the MLA Remuneration and Selection Committees.

Previous roles:

Chair of the Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council; executive director of Patties Foods; non-executive director of Patties Foods, Dairy Research & Development Corporation, Forest and Wood Products Australia, Ruralco Holdings, Tasmania Fruit & Vegetable Taskforce, Tasmanian Irrigation, Callaghan Innovation, William Angliss Catering & Hospitality TAFE College, Cooperative Research Centre Hearing and Grape, Wine Research and Development Corporation and member of the CRC Advisory Committee.

Richard Norton

 Managing Director
 Appointed 2 June 2014

Mr Norton is the fifth generation of a beef and sheep farming family from Monaro, NSW. He began his working life as a rouseabout and jackaroo then for more than 20 years served livestock producers as a stock agent and auctioneer across NSW. Mr Norton 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.

Previous roles:

Mr Norton has held executive positions in retail, manufacturing, logistics and warehousing with Woolworths, Coca Cola, Wesfarmers and Toll Holdings and was a non-executive director of Agrium Asia Pacific, the Australian Wheat Board, RD1 New Zealand, Landmark Harcourts and Australian Wool Handlers. He was head of Live Export and International Trade and then Managing Director of Landmark Operations Australia. He was Chairman of Integrated Traceability Solutions (Global) and AuctionsPlus.

Alan Beckett

Director since November 2014

Mr Beckett runs an Angus breeding and backgrounding operation in Yea, Victoria. He brings 40 years’ experience with a major professional services firm, practising in the area of audit and corporate services to large companies with an emphasis on listed public companies along with practical experience in doing business in Oceania, South-East Asia, China, Japan and India. Mr Beckett is a non-executive director of Defence Health Limited, Westbourne Capital Pty Ltd and Westbourne Credit Management Limited. He is Deputy Chairman of the Department of Defence Audit & Risk Committee and is an independent member of the Audit & Risk Committee of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s wholly owned subsidiary, Note Printing Australia Limited. Mr Beckett is a director of Meat & Livestock Australia Limited, MLA Donor Company Limited and Integrity Systems Company Limited, and is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Previous roles:

Chairman of ASX listed Basper Limited (formally Berklee Ltd)

Steven Chaur

GradDip Marketing, MBA, GAICD, FIML
Director since November 2015

Mr Chaur is a highly experienced food industry leader, executive and consumer brand marketer, having managed some of Australia's favourite brands and has more than 25 years’ experience in fast-moving consumer goods within the food industry across Asia, China, Middle East, NZ, US and Europe. Mr Chaur has gained strong experience in multi-sales channel customer relationship management, market access, consumer marketing and brand development strategy, corporate strategy and governance, crisis management/product recall, capital projects and company financial management. Mr Chaur has broad experience across primary industries where the farm-to-consumer value chain and innovation excellence is critical. He is currently Managing Director and CEO of Nutrano Produce Group Ltd, a large scale integrated farming and export company. Mr Chaur is a director of Meat & Livestock Australia Limited, Integrity Systems Company Limited and Chair of the MLA Donor Company Limited. He is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Remuneration Committee (past Chair).

Previous roles:

Mr Chaur has previously held Managing Director roles with ASX listed Patties Foods Limited and Saint-Gobain SA, as well as senior executive roles with Pacific Brands Food Group, George Weston Foods and Findus SA. Mr Chaur was also a previous Marketing Director at National Foods Limited (milk) and Simplot Australia.

Robert Fitzpatrick

Director since November 2015

Mr Fitzpatrick is an industry business builder and technology expert with more than 30 years’ experience in sales and marketing for small and medium enterprises and start-ups, through to large corporates and government agencies. He has a detailed understanding of industry representative bodies, fast-moving consumer goods, research and higher education, retail, telecommunications, and information and communications technology sectors. Mr Fitzpatrick has a passion for improving the efficiency of Australia’s agricultural sector, applying new analytics to de-bottleneck supply chains and reduce the cost of moving product from farmgate to global markets. Mr Fitzpatrick is director of the Australian Academic and Research Network, and CEO of Australian Information Industry Association. Mr Fitzpatrick is Chair of Integrity Systems Company Limited, and is a director of Meat & Livestock Australia Limited and MLA Donor Company Limited.

Previous roles:

Previous board and senior executive roles include Optus, ShopFast, Monitoring Division Inc and au, councillor of Charles Sturt University and senior executive of Data61 (formerly NICTA).

Erin Gorter

BA (education) GAICD
Director since November 2015

Ms Gorter is a rural industry consultant with many years of experience as a WA livestock producer. Ms Gorter comes from a farming background and was a landholder and involved in running a mixed farming operation in Kojonup, WA, producing prime lamb, wool and grains, conducting sheep trading and a small amount of agroforestry for nearly 30 years. Ms Gorter runs her own business in providing business and industry management advice and events planning in rural areas. She was awarded the WA RIRDC Rural Women’s Award Runner Up in 2010 and is a director of AgVivo.  Ms Gorter is a director of Meat & Livestock Australia Limited, MLA Donor Company Limited and Integrity Systems Company Limited, is Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Previous roles:

Producer representative on the Board of the WA Meat Industry Authority and managed all aspects of two WA-based grower production groups.

Andrew Michael

Director since December 2017

Mr Michael is a fourth generation farmer, working his 1,500ha family farm at Snowtown, South Australia, as well as grazing land in the state’s north-east pastoral area and in the south-east. Over the last 45 years he has built and operated a large scale sheepmeat and wool business including both terminal and maternal sheep. He has extensive experience in the use of breeding technologies in both the sheep and cattle industries, and has, for over 35 years, incorporated all the latest leading edge animal breeding technologies available. Mr Michael is a great supporter and user of all sheep industry groups, including Sheep CRC, Sheep Genetics, Information Nucleus Flock and many more. Using these technologies and working with industry groups has assisted him to develop a highly productive business, breeding top performing sheep for quality red meat production, along with high value skins and wools on animals that do not require mulesing. For many years he has had a close association with commercial producers all round Australia, New Zealand and South America, holding presentation and educational field days and helping their marketing and genetic selection programs. Mr Michael is enthusiastic, has a passion for progress and technology and has a positive vision for Australia’s sheep flock.

Previous roles:

Mr Michael has been a member of the Royal Adelaide Show Pastoral Committee having served 22 years, two as President. He has now resigned and finishes this role in October 2017. He was a board member of the Lumeah Trust, a member with SA Sheep Disease Management Committee focusing on OJD and Spider Syndrome, and an Australian White Suffolk Foundation Committee Member. Mr Michael is also Honorary Life Member and Distinguished Service Award member of the Australian White Suffolk Association.

Russell Lethbridge

Dip Rural Business Management, Cert Animal Husbandry and Farm Engineering (Hons)
Director since December 2017

Mr Lethbridge, with his family, runs Werrington Cattle Company, a commercial beef cattle, breeding, growing and fattening enterprise. Werrington has been in the Lethbridge family for 114 years with the current branch of the family in ownership since 1980. The Werrington business runs over 10,000 head of cattle and comprises a breeding program on 19,500ha of natural eucalypt forest country, approximately 250km west of Townsville and 200km north of Hughenden in north Queensland. The business also consists of Rainmore Station, a 27,000ha property near Alpha in central Queensland. Mr Lethbridge has a deep understanding of cattle production systems, managing breeder and feeder cattle under extreme environmental conditions and pasture nutrition levels, utilising genetic selection and strategic herd management to achieve production and business success. Mr Lethbridge is Chair of the Hann Highway Action Group, a member of the Rural Fire Board and a member of the Oak Race Club Committee and has been so since 1988.

Previous roles:

Mr Lethbridge was an elected representative of AgForce for seven years, beginning as Regional Vice President for the north region, then as Regional President and Board Member and member of AgForce Finance Audit and Risk and Agribusiness Finance Drought and Climate Policy Committees. He was a member of the steering committee for the Northern Gulf Resource Management Group to develop and promote a business improvement package for north Australian cattlemen.

Company Secretary

Clare Stanwix

Appointed June 2014

In addition to holding the office of Company Secretary, Ms Stanwix is a member of MLA’s Leadership Team and holds the position of General Counsel. She leads the legal, risk and governance team at MLA and over the past year has been responsible for the development of MLA’s crisis management and risk frameworks. She has significant experience in intellectual property, technology, corporate and commercial law, advertising, workplace health and safety, and dispute resolution. Ms Stanwix is Company Secretary of Meat & Livestock Australia Limited, MLA Donor Company Limited and Integrity Systems Company Limited, and is a director of Red Meat Traceability Systems Pty Ltd.

Previous roles:

Prior to joining MLA in 2009 as General Counsel Ms Stanwix was a senior associate with DLA Piper and external legal counsel to MLA.

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