2 MAY - 8 MAY 2021

About

The Board

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.

Beef Australia 2018 - Bryce Camm

Bryce Camm

Chairman

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 Chaiman 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 and introducing Pitch in the Paddock for 2018.

Beef Australia 2018 - Grant Cassidy

Grant Cassidy

Vice Chairman

Grant is a highly experienced leading local tourism and hospitality owner with the Cassidy Hospitality Group operating award winning businesses in the CQ region for the past 17 years and is an experienced Company Director with a strong focus on Corporate Governance and is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors.

He has extensive experience on boards and has built strong relationships across all levels of Government and the corporate sector.  Grant has previously spent 15 years in the commercial media industry gaining strong skills in communications, engagement and PR with many years of experience in the events sector having Chaired major event committees in Cairns and Mackay.

Beef Australia 2018 - Russell Hughes

Russell Hughes

Vice Chairman

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 chaired 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.

Beef Australia 2018 - Kay Becker

Kay Becker

Secretary

Kay was raised on a cattle breeding and fattening property near Theodore.  After school, Kay worked for nine years in the banking industry, spent a short time in agri-politics and was CEO of the Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service for 15 years. During this time Kay worked with sponsors, all levels of Government, many community organisations and the community of Central Queensland.

In recent years Kay managed the Rolleston Hotel and is now living on a family property which breeds, fattens and trades cattle.

Beef Australia 2018 - Richard Brosnan

Richard Brosnan

Treasurer

Richard is the Principal/Director of Ray White Rural Rockhampton, with 30 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 & NT. In 2009 Richard joined Ray White Rural based in Rockhampton and undertook his own franchise in June 2012 and operates today with his success through his understanding of rural property and the production/benefits these properties offer. In 2018 Richard sat on both the International & Stud Cattle Committee.

Richard maintains a passion for rural and regional agribusiness and is keen to assist facilitate further transactions in this key part of Australia’s economy.

Beef Australia 2018 - Blair Angus

Blair Angus

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 Oino Gustus 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 acted as chair of Beef Australia between 2012 to 2018 and despite standing down from an executive position continues as a director to offer guidance and support to what he feels is the ‘Greatest beef event in the world’.

Beef Australia 2018 - Ken Murphy

Ken Murphy

Ken has extensive experience in the cattle industry and is currently on long service leave from his Senior Industry Development Officer position for the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF).

Ken holds a Bachelor Degree from  Gatton College and 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 on of the Property Tours and the Community Engagement Committees.

Beef Australia 2018 - Claire Mactaggart

Claire Mactaggart

Claire and her husband Andrew Mactaggart operate a beef breeding and backgrounding business in the Duaringa and Moura districts.

After completing a Bachelor of Agribusiness, Claire worked in regional development while studying post graduate business administration. Claire is a freelance writer who has contributed to a range of publications for the past 12 years and is currently Queensland contributing editor of Country Style magazine.

In 2018 Claire was a member of the Property Tours committee of Beef Australia and has been a long-term supporter of the event.

Beef Australia 2018 - Rodney Bell

Rodney Bell

Rodney has been a Beef producer for 50 years and has represented beef producers as a solicitor (now retired) for 35 years with property acquisition, sale and lease, estate planning, succession planning and livestock and land tenure issues.

Rodney has been a public company director of numerous companies and is Chairperson of the Agribusiness Committee at AgForce and has a broad knowledge of agribusiness issues and challenges.

Beef Australia 2018 - Jess Webb

Jess Webb

Jess has family roots within the beef industry and has served on several Beef Australia committees since 2009 including;

  • Seminars and Symposium committee  (2018)
  • Founding committee member of both the inaugural Pitch in the Paddock event (2018) and the Graeme Acton Mentoring Program (2015)
  • Next Generation Committee Chairperson (2012, 2015)

Jess has held marketing and communications positions with global organisations such as Austrade and Rabobank Australia & New Zealand Group and holds a MBA (with distinction) from the University of Edinburgh.

Jess’s current role lies in Corporate Strategy with Indigenous Land Corporation driving commercial and strategic objectives across priority sectors (specifically Agribusiness and Tourism).

Jess is enthusiastically committed to seeing Beef Australia continue to innovate and grow its influence as the headline event for the industry on a local and global scale.