Beef Australia, is a not-for-profit organisation, established in 1988, for the promotion and celebration of the Australian beef industry. Beef Australia is governed by a volunteer board of directors, comprised of leading producers, industry figures and its chief executive officer.
Blair Angus - Chair
"Kimberley", Clermont, Queensland
Blair is owner and manager of Angus Pastoral Company running 35 000 head across 4 properties in Central and Northern Queensland, breeding, backgrounding and feedlotting. He has also developed Signature Beef a vertically integrated, wholesaling and beef marketing company taking the company’s product through to the consumer. The company’s four beef brands, Kimberley Red, Angus Pastoral, Sondella and Boss are now enjoyed in 24 countries. Signature Beef has grown to not only market all of the prime cattle produced by Angus Pastoral Co but also service processes for other producers and has become a significant wholesaler of beef products. With wife Josie, and their four children, the family has a passion for all facets of the beef industry. Blair has been chair of Beef Australia since 2012.
Bryce Camm - Vice Chair
Wonga Plains feedlot, Dalby, Queensland
Bryce is the Chief Executive Officer of his family’s Camm Agricultural Group, an integrated beef enterprise with interests across Queensland. Previously Bryce managed the group’s award winning Wonga Plains Feedlot for ten years, overseeing the operation triple in size. Growing up on “Natal Downs” in North Queensland Bryce undertook a dual degree in Business Administration and Communications at Bond University before returning to the north.
Bryce is the Chairman of the Australian Beef Sustainability Steering Group and the Vice Chair of the Australian Lot Feeders Association. He is heavily involved in the next generation and symposium and seminar programs for Beef Australia and had been instrumental in developing the Graeme Acton Beef Connections Program.
Russell Hughes - Vice Chair
Russell first assisted with the promotion and marketing of various aspects of Beef Australia activities in 1994, and was more heavily involved with production of advertising for the ‘03, ‘06 and ‘09 events, and in 2013 joined the Beef Australia Board. In 2018, Russell will chair the Stud Cattle Committee – a select group of people he believes will, through their industry knowledge, skills and experience, present exhibitors and spectators with the finest possible cattle competitions from Junior events right through to the nationally acclaimed Landmark Interbreed Championship.
Richard Bronsnan - Treasurer
Richard is the Principal/Director of Ray White Rural Rockhampton, with more than 25 years rural industry experience in property, livestock and finance sectors of Australian agribusiness, this experience provides a wealth of knowledge, which will translates into delivery of results for vendors and purchasers.
Richard’s rural agency career started in 1989 working throughout nine Queensland locations in various roles culminating in 2006 after 4 years as Branch Manager Elders Rockhampton. He then undertook an Agribusiness Specialist role with the CBA involved heavily with the cattle industry throughout Qld & N.T. In 2009 Richard joined Ray White Rural Qld based in Rockhampton and undertook his own franchise in Rockhampton in June 2012 and operates today.
Richard’s success is through his understanding of rural property and the production/benefits these properties offer.
Richard maintains a passion for rural and regional agribusiness and is keen to facilitate further investment into this key part of Australia’s economy.
Ken Murphy - Secretary
Ken has extensive experience in the cattle industry. Ken is currently employed as Senior Industry Development Officer for the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry – Capricornia Region. Ken is also currently Secretary for the Central Queensland Beef Research Committee.
Ken who holds a Bachelor Degree at Gatton College was first employed by CSIRO in Kununurra in the Kimberleys before moving to Clermont to work for King Ranch at Elgin Downs for 5 years. After a few years on the family property, Ken moved to Richmond, north Queensland, with the Department Primary Industries and transferred to Rockhampton in 1987.
Ken has closely involved with Beef Australia since 1988 and has held management committee (pre Board) positions for Beef Australia 1991 and Secretary Beef Australia 1994. At recent Expos, Ken has used his extensive knowledge of Central Queensland in his role as Chairman of the Property Tours and the Consumer Education Committees.
Noel offers over 45 years of experience in the cattle industry as a Livestock Agent. Noel was the founding Managing Director of Grant, Daniel & Long, one of Australia’s most successful private Agents operation with 14 branches throughout South West Queensland – selling and marketing of over 200,000 cattle per year. The quick rise, respect of and success of GDL by growing a fledgling business into 14 branches within such a short time frame has been very much influenced by his demonstrated business, financial and leadership skills. Noel was also a founding Director of the Australia Livestock and Property Agent Association National Board as well as serving the ALPA Queensland State Chairman.
"Blackwood", Middlemount, Queensland
Brett Kirk, along with his wife Susan and family operate a stud and commercial cattle operation in central Queensland and the south Burnett. Brett is a fourth generation cattleman who, in his lifetime, has seen many changes in the industry. Brett has been a Councillor on the Australian Brahman Breeders Association for 19 years of which he has served as President for 3 years and has been Chairman of the Rockhampton Brahman Week sale committee for 10 years. Brett also served as Chairman of the Stud Cattle Committee for Beef 94 and has followed the progress of the Expo through his involvement as an exhibitor, judge and through breed related activities.
Allison’s early years of employment were with the National Australia Bank where she was employed for some 15 years in a range of roles and rural locations culminating in an Agri Business Analyst role working with some of northern and western Qld’s largest beef producers.
In 2008 she was appointed to General Manager of the McManus Group of Companies which included a portfolio of commercial property investments and restaurant businesses. In the years with the McManus Group she has managed the opening of 5 Coffee Club franchises in Townsville and Airlie Beach, a Ribs & Rumps restaurant in Townsville and an Italian restaurant in a new development in the Townsville CBD. The group has been widely recognised as one of the countries leading multi franchise operators having won multiple awards including the National Franchise Council of Australia Multi Franchisee in 2010. With her experience in Franchising and Business Management and Development Allison went on to consult in Franchise businesses until her recent appointment within the Motor industry. Allison was seconded to the Board prior to 2015 to work with the Team to ensure the food and dining experience at Beef Australia was of an international standard. She was instrumental in the success of the International Restaurant in 2015 and brought the PBR to Beef Australia.
In 2018 she is working again with the Executive Chef and team to make the International Restaurant bigger and better and looks forward to seeing new initiatives developed over the past 3 years come to fruition
"Maryvale Creek" Yeppoon Queensland
Former Member of Parliament and State Development Committee member. Passionate about the rural sector. Worked on landmark Bills (Land Tenure and Vegetation Management) to benefit the rural agricultural and beef sectors. Bruce is a strong advocate for enhancing market access and availability. Established the committee for the re-introduction of live exports through Port Alma. Continues to lobby for Stud and beef exports through the Rockhampton Airport. Bruce is a Yeppoon based primary producer and businessman. Beef Australia serves as a continuing growing platform to market all aspects of the Australian Beef and ( important ) associated industries to a growing world market and is proud to contribute to Beef Australia. Bruce enjoys and appreciates working with all levels of Government associated with Beef Australia, he also sits on the Commercial Cattle Committee.
Managing Director of Super Butcher
Susan is Managing Director of Super Butcher, a retail group of 6 stores and online butchers, serving 10,000 people a week in south east Queensland. Raised in the state’s north west, she was educated on Mt Isa School of the Air and at boarding school in Brisbane, before studying at the University of Queensland. With degrees in Commerce and Economics, and as a registered CPA, she has over 20 years of experience in accountancy and business management, and most recently was Chief of Staff to the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines in the Queensland Government. Susan brings a wealth of expertise to Super Butcher, which is a truly “paddock to plate” retailer.
Susan is Queensland Divisional Councillor of the Retail and General Industry Group of Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC), and is Treasurer of the Queensland RNA.