Our Board

Beef Australia Board of Directors

Elisha Parker


Elisha is a lawyer, co-founder of Cattlesales.com.au, a non-executive Director for Nbn Co and has been a non-executive Director of Beef Australia since 2022. Elisha has volunteered on several Beef Australia committees since the 2009 event including the founding committee of the Graeme Action Beef Connections Program and chaired the 2018 Beef Australia Next Gen Committee. Her accomplishments include 2020 Queensland Finalist of AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award, 2020/2021 Advancing Beef Leaders Program, 2019 NAB Agribusiness Cattle Council Rising Champion and Winner 2012 Queensland Red Meat Awards Emerging Leader.  Elisha was a former Board Member of the AgForce Cattle Board from 2020 to 2022 and the Future Farmers Network from 2012 to 2014. 

Adelaide McDonald


Adelaide has a longstanding connection with the Australian beef industry and brings a combination of corporate, financial and industry expertise to the board. Adelaide currently serves as director of MDH Pty Ltd, her family beef cattle enterprise, one of the largest in Australia, running 175,000 head of cattle across 13 stations in Queensland.

She has held the position of Commercial Manager of the Super Butcher, one of Brisbane’s best known meat retailers. In addition to her beef industry knowledge and experience, Adelaide is a respected financial services professional with a background in corporate finance, accounting, mergers & acquisitions, and strategy.

Adelaide most recently held the role of Director within the KPMG Mergers and Acquisitions practice and has previously held roles at BDO and Wilsons HTM Investment Group. Adelaide is currently a Non-executive director of VGI Global Investments Ltd, a listed investment company on ASX.

Trent Thorne


Trent is a Partner at Hamilton Locke and the co-leader of its Food and Agribusiness group. He is a recognised and committed legal specialist for the agricultural sector with over 19 years’ experience acting for food and agribusiness clients in a wide range of commercial matters, including complex commercial disputes, corporate & regulatory matters, negotiations, alternative dispute resolution and major pastoral property transactions.

Trent is a current director of the AAM Investment Group, Rural Aid Limited and the Immediate Past President of the Queensland Rural Press Club. He was also a member of the Beef Australia 2021 Symposium & Seminars Committee and was the MC for the Beef 2021 Symposium.

Rodney Bell


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

Rodney has been a public company director of numerous companies and is a longstanding member of the Agribusiness Committee at AgForce and has a in depth knowledge of agribusiness issues and challenges.

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 16 years and is currently Queensland’s contributing editor of Country Style magazine. In 2018 and 2021 Claire was a member of the Property Tours committee of Beef Australia and has been a long-term supporter of the event.

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

Jess has held positions with global organisations such as Austrade, Rabobank Australia & New Zealand Group, and the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation, predominantly in the field of marketing and communications. She holds an MBA (with distinction) from the University of Edinburgh. With her husband, Jess owns and operates a Merino sheep and beef cattle enterprise in the New England, New South Wales. 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.

Richard Brosnan


Ray White Rural Rockhampton is owned and operated by Richard Brosnan, Principal/Director who has three decades of rural industry experience. Richard’s rural agency career started in 1989 and he has since worked throughout various Queensland locations. In 2009, Richard joined Ray White Rural and in 2012 undertook his own franchise – Ray White Rural Rockhampton. The Ray White Rural group of franchises now has in excess of 1,000 offices nationally.

Richard has sold rural properties throughout Central Queensland with Ray White Rural Rockhampton for over ten years; his past and current success is attributed to his overall understanding of rural property and the production and capabilities these properties offer. Through a lifetime of working in the rural industry; livestock, farming, property, and finance sectors of Australian agribusiness, Richard understands your needs which translates into delivery of results for vendors and purchasers.

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

Bryce Camm


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 previous Chairman of the Australian Beef Sustainability Steering Group and of the Australian Lot Feeders Association.

Bryce has been a long and dedicated supporter of Beef Australia and has been instrumental in expanding the reach and impact of the platform.

Kay Becker


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.

Russell Hughes

Vice Chair

Russell has enjoyed a long association with Beef Australia, first assisting in 1994 with the promotion and marketing of various aspects of event activities. He was more heavily involved with production of advertising for the ‘03, ‘06 and ‘09 expos, and joined the board in 2013.

Russell chaired the Beef 18 and ‘21 Stud Cattle Committee, which was undoubtedly his most personally rewarding role with Beef Australia, working with, and learning from a select committee of highly skilled and experienced cattlemen and women responsible for delivering our nation’s premier stud cattle competition.

Grant Cassidy

Vice Chair

Grant is a highly experienced local tourism and hospitality owner with the Cassidy Hospitality Group, operating Australian and Queensland Tourism award-winning businesses in the CQ region for the past 20 years. He 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. Grant also operates a cattle property at South Yaamba and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2019 for his contribution to the Tourism Industry.

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