6 MAY - 12 MAY 2018



Further details will be available closer to the event.

Beef Australia 2015 Industry Symposium Program

Beef Australia 2018 - Gerry Gannon - MC

Gerry Gannon - MC

One of Ireland’s finest exports, Gerry Gannon has been a journalist, broadcaster, MC and media trainer in Australia for the last 30 years and is now one of the best known speakers and facilitators in Australia.

After a decade with ABC radio in Western Australia, Gerry left to pursue a career that would bring him closer to audiences and allow him to explore parts of the world he couldn’t do from the inside of a radio studio.

He established Indonesia’s first English language radio station in Bali, served as President of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and on the board of the Tourism Council of WA.

A specialist conference MC, facilitator and media expert, Gerry is renowned for his wit, passion, easy-going nature and commitment to those he works with. He has worked extensively in both Australia and overseas and provides media skills training to government, not-for-profit organisations and industry entities, as well as conducting speech and presentation training courses.

Beef Australia 2018 - Craig Davis

Craig Davis

Despite his creative inclinations, Craig Davis deviated into law and finance before course correcting to the creative industries.

He started his own advertising agency after graduating from AWARD School, moved to Asia a few years later and went on to make Saatchi & Saatchi the most creative network in the region.

Next stop London where he supercharged J Walter Thompson’s 10,000 strong network as Chief Creative Officer, Worldwide. In a truly international career Craig has helped clients develop and launch broadband services, software and soft drinks, banking and payment services, beer, cosmetics, foods, cars, devices and not-for-profit organisations.

Craig is Adjunct Professor at UTS and sits on the Boards of Advance, the Creative Industries Taskforce and Conscious Capitalism Australia. Craig has also served as Co-Chairman and Chief Creative Officer for Publicis Mojo in Australia, Chairman of the Australasian Writers and Art Directors Club and Deputy Chair of The Communications Council.

Beef Australia 2018 - Scot Braithwaite

Scot Braithwaite

Scot is a sales and marketing professional with multi-discipline experience in product development, operations and e-commerce with over 30 year’s experience in the livestock industry.

Scot joined Wellard Rural Exports Pty Ltd in 2004. As Head of Business Development Asia, Scot has played an integral role in developing key business operations and an extensive customer base in the Asian region.

Prior to joining the Wellard Group, Scot held senior positions with SEAF Pty Ltd and the Heytesbury Pastoral Group. Scot holds a Bachelor of Economics UQ.

Beef Australia 2018 - Gary Johnson

Gary Johnson

Gary Johnson is a Senior Director in McDonald’s Worldwide Supply Chain responsible for providing strategic oversight and direction for McDonald’s global sourcing.

In addition, Gary oversees sustainable sourcing across McDonald’s priority product categories, namely beef, chicken, fish, coffee, palm oil and fiber/packaging.

Gary is on many sustainability boards and also is a member of the International Poultry Council (IPC). In 2009, the Seafood Choices Alliance presented him with a “Seafood Champion” award in recognition of his work on sustainable fish.

Gary has over 29 years of domestic and international experience within McDonald’s supply chain. While working in Europe, Gary led the development of McDonald’s supply chain strategy for the entire region’s protein sourcing needs.

In 2001, Gary was appointed to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee in Washington, D.C. in acknowledgement of his expertise and knowledge of the latest trade trends in the food and agricultural sector as it relates to policy and commodity-specific products.

Beef Australia 2018 - Prof Dave Swain

Prof Dave Swain

Prof Dave Swain’s research activities are focussed on precision livestock management.

His previous beef cattle research work involved tracking grazing activities; designing virtual fencing and using novel technology to measure oestrus events and maternal parentage.

Dave is the Deputy Dean of Agriculture and Environment Research at CQUniversity Australia.

He is the Central Queensland delegate on the Northern Beef Research Committee and chaired the review of Precision Livestock Management.

In 2014, he received the Queensland Government’s Science Champion award for his research in developing PLM tools that will increase reproductive rates in northern beef production systems.

Beef Australia 2018 - David Williams

David Williams

David Williams has more than 20 year’s experience in providing corporate advisory services.

Prior to establishing Kidder Williams, David was the Managing Director of Mariner Corporate Finance, Managing Director of Challenger Corporate Finance, Head of the Melbourne corporate finance office of SG Hambros, Head of M&A at ANZ McCaughan, and Head of M&A at Arthur Andersen.

David holds an Honours and Masters degree in Economics from La Trobe University.

Beef Australia 2018 - Dr Shehan Dissanayake

Dr Shehan Dissanayake

Shehan is a senior Managing Director and Board member of the Tavistock Group, a privately held investment company.

He has responsibility for portfolio strategy in the Group and is CEO of Tavistock Life Sciences.

Before joining the Tavistock Group in 2002, Shehan was a Managing Partner of Arthur Andersen with responsibility for strategy and business planning for the global legal, tax and human resources consulting divisions of the firm, encompassing 1,600 partners and 15,000 professionals.

Earlier in his career, Shehan was involved in the medical research and technology. He holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences from The University of Chicago.

Beef Australia 2018 - Bernard Salt

Bernard Salt

Bernard Salt is a Partner with the global advisory firm KPMG with special expertise in demographics and consumer behaviour.

He founded KPMG Demographics and is a twice weekly columnist with The Australian newspaper.

Bernard has written five popular best-selling books on demographic change. His first book, The Big Shift published in 2001, predicted the seachange shift.

His fourth book, The Big Tilt, predicted an imminent skills shortage and a slowdown in the rate of growth in tax revenue as the baby boom generation retreats from the workforce.

Bernard is an adjunct professor at Curtin University Business School. For more than a decade Bernard Salt has been one of the most in-demand speakers on the Australian corporate speaking circuit.

Beef Australia 2018 - Alfred V. Almanza

Alfred V. Almanza

Alfred V. Almanza was appointed Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack in September 2014, after having served as Administrator of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) since June 2007.

Mr Almanza will simultaneously serve as Acting Administrator, continuing to lead nearly 10,000 employees in the agency’s mission to protect public health.

During his 36-year career with FSIS, Mr Almanza moved up quickly from an entry level position, serving as Labor Management specialist, District Manager of the Agency’s Dallas District Office, and ultimately Administrator of FSIS.

During his tenure as Administrator, Mr Almanza has focused on modernizing inspection and identifying ways to make the Agency more efficient and effective.

Under Mr. Almanza’s leadership, FSIS launched the Public Health Information System (PHIS), a modern repository for all data about public health trends and food safety violations at the more than 6,000 FSIS-regulated plants across the country.

Beef Australia 2018 - Charlie Blomfield

Charlie Blomfield

Charlie is co-founder and Managing Director of Agricultural Management Company Pty Ltd (AMC), a leading farm management and agribusiness advisory service provider in Australia.

Charlie is from a multi-generational farming family background and has been involved with production agriculture his entire career in livestock, cropping, cotton and horticulture. Charlie has worked with clients such as Terra Firma, Qatar Investment Authority, SGRF Oman, Landmark, Guinness Peat Group in investing and managing their agricultural assets.

Charlie possesses a unique ability to deliver results in the paddock and the boardroom. He has direct networks with clients in regional Australia, the Middle East, Asia and North America. Each year, he is also invited to the Forbes Global CEO Conference, a meeting of 400 selected global CEO’s, entrepreneurs and leaders.

Charlie has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, is RG146 compliant for Managed Investments, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Beef Australia 2018 - Tony Lovell

Tony Lovell

Tony Lovell was brought up on a dairy farm and has been actively involved in the business of agriculture throughout his career.

He is co-founder and CEO of SLM Partners and leads SLM Partners’ activities in Australia.

SLM Partners is an asset manager that acquires and manages rural land on behalf of institutional investors. Its mission is to scale up regenerative, ecological farming systems that deliver financial returns and environmental benefits.

SLM and its investors take a long-term perspective, adopting land management approaches that minimize synthetic inputs, increase resilience to climatic volatility and enhance soil fertility, while producing food and other commodities at a competitive cost.

SLM focuses on opportunities in countries with stable regulatory environments, competitive agricultural sectors, and good access to international markets.

Clients of SLM include pension funds, insurance companies and family offices. SLM partners with operational managers on the ground who know how to work with nature to deliver profitable and sustainable outcomes.

The group’s first project – the SLM Australia Livestock Fund – has acquired grazing land in Australia for beef cattle production.

Beef Australia 2018 - Allister Watson

Allister Watson

Allister Watson joined Coles in March 2009 as the General Manager for Meat.

Moving to Melbourne from New Zealand where Allister held various positions in retail, manufacturing, and processing sectors of the meat industry.

He has also worked in the food service industry in marketing and procurement roles and for a short time in the music industry in London.

At Coles, he has been responsible for the Dairy and Deli departments in the past as well as the role of General Manager Production.

He is now back as the General Manager Meat where his real passion is.