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 vice chairman since 2003.
Bryce Camm - Vice Chair
Wonga Plains feedlot, Dalby, Queensland
Bryce Camm hails from Dalby in Queensland’s Darling Downs region where he oversees his family’s farming and feedlotting operations as part of the greater Camm Agricultural Group; an integrated beef enterprise with interests across Queensland. Bryce has been managing the group’s Wonga Plains Feedlot for eight years and has overseen the operation triple in size. He is also responsible for marketing the turnoff from the group’s operations. Growing up on “Natal Downs” in North Queensland Bryce undertook a dual degree in Business Administration and Communications at Bond University before returning to north for a time prior to moving to the feedlot.
Bryce was a founding member of the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland’s Future Directions Committee and chaired this committee from 2007 to 2009. Bryce has attended every Beef Expo since 1991. He has assisted with the stud cattle from 2003 and was a Youth Ambassador Finalist in the inaugural year of the competition at Beef 2003. Bryce has been a board member since 2008.
Russell Hughes - Vice Chair
Russell, along with his wife Debbie, runs a marketing business assisting clients in a variety of industries and sectors. Over the past twenty years they have developed a particular focus on residential and rural real estate sales, stud and commercial cattle sales, and marketing of retail and wholesale beef products. Russell first assisted with the promotion and advertising of aspects of Beef Australia activities in 1994, and was more heavily involved with production of advertising for the 2003, 2006 and 2009 events.
Russell is a member of the Paradise Lagoons Campdraft committee – an event he has been involved with since the first draft back in 2003. An event that has some similarities to Beef Australia, albeit on a smaller scale, in regard to operational structure, processes and procedures. Russell is very keen, willing and able to lend a continued hand to the sustained success of Beef Australia.
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.
After completing her Veterinary Nursing qualifications, Allison embarked on a career in Finance. She was employed by the National Australia Bank for some 15 years in a range of roles and rural locations culminating in an Agri Business Analyst role working with 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 includes a portfolio of commercial property investments and restaurant businesses. In the time since commencing she has overseen the opening of 5 Coffee Club franchises in Townsville and Airlie Beach and most recently the opening of the successful Ribs & Rumps restaurant in Townsville. 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 finance background and industry experience, Allison has the skills to offer a wider range of views and perspectives to the board of Beef Australia Ltd.
Jenny was first elected to the Beef Australia Board in 1996 and has been a Board member for the successful Beef Expos in 2009 and 2012. She was re-elected to the Board in 2012. Jenny has had a life-time of involvement in the Beef Industry as working partner in her family’s stud and commercial cattle business, Swan Hill Cattle Co at Blackall. Swan Hill Cattle Co supported Beef Australia from its inception and participated as both a Stud cattle exhibitor and trade fair exhibitor. Jenny’s life-time of involvement in agriculture and regional Australia has been recognised by appointments and awards, Including:
- The Centenary Medal for services to regional development.
- Membership of the inaugural Regional Women’s Advisory Council reporting to the Deputy Prime Minister 1999 – 2002.
- Chairmanship of the Telstra Country Wide Advisory Board 2005 to 2007, and Qld representative from 2000 to June 2007.
The recent restructure of her family partnership means that Jenny is no longer involved in the day to day work family cattle business; however, she retains a significant financial stake in the industry.
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.
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, and a councillor on the Queensland Futures Institute.