Mentee; Lauren Angus
Director and Immediate Past Chair of The Zanda McDonald Award – 2015 – Current. Richard has also held Directorships or committee roles with Cattle Council of Australia, The Australia Export Council, Sanger Australia and the Arcadian Organic and Natural Meat Co. Richard grew up on a mixed farm in the central west of NSW. Educated in Sydney and went on to a cadetship with Dalgety Australia Ltd. Whilst there, in 1974, he sold the first beef to Korea that the country ever imported & it quickly grew to become Australia’s third largest export market for beef, which it remains today.
Richard then joined Sanger Australia (a meat export marketing co) in 1976 & by 2000 he owned a majority stake in the business. He sold his equity in the company in 2013 in a management buy-out. In the late 1990’s he convinced McDonalds that they should use Aussie beef in their burgers in North America & was instrumental in establishing that trade for Australia. Richard also helped establish the prominent processor/marketer of organic beef & lamb, The Arcadian Organic & Natural Meat Co.
He is passionate about assisting the next generations in agriculture through mentoring with The Zanda McDonald Award, The Advancing Beef Leaders Programme & The Graeme Acton Beef Connections Mentoring Programme.