Speaker Profile

Arlie Felton-Taylor

Arlie Felton-Taylor is communicator, emcee, and an award-winning journalist with a passion for rural and regional Australia.

Her latest role sees her joining the Toowoomba Grammar School’s Advancement team, sharing the stories of students, alumni, and latest achievements at the well-known GPS boarding school.

She has recently left the ABC after twenty years with the national broadcaster both as a rural reporter and presenter of the Queensland Country Hour, Australia’s longest running radio program.

Her two decades of reporting gave her extensive knowledge of rural news and current affairs and the postings at Mount Isa, Longreach, Rockhampton, and Toowoomba, means she has amassed an enormous network of contacts.

A committee member of the Rural Press Club of Queensland, Arlie enjoys being part of an organisation that features engaging experts highlighting important topics in the state’s agriculture sector.

Arlie grew up on sheep and cattle properties in western and central Queensland and attended both Mount Isa School of the Air and Longreach School of Distance Education before boarding school in Toowoomba, Brisbane, and Rockhampton.

At Beef Australia you will see her as part of the team reporting for Beef TV.

Emma Thomas

CEO, Achmea Australia

Emma Thomas, CEO of specialist agricultural insurer Achmea Australia, is an experienced agricultural leader, bringing over 15 years of experience in the agricultural and financial sectors. Growing up on a family farm in New Zealand, Emma offers an in-depth understanding and passion for agriculture and the importance of adequate insurance. With a strong background in leadership and strategic management, Emma leads Achmea Australia as a direct and specialist agricultural insurer.

Emma’s credentials and experience make her a respected voice in the agricultural sector and as a panellist. Emma is known for her passionate advocacy for diversity, equality, and promoting the importance of investing in the next generation of agricultural leaders. She is committed to challenging the status quo, fostering collaboration to drive innovation, and ensuring a sustainable future for Australia’s agricultural industry. Emma’s leadership at Achmea Australia reflects these values, emphasising the insurer’s co-operative principles of industry collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and risk mitigation to protect and enhance a sustainable future for agricultural communities.

Through its multi-year collaboration with Angus Australia, Achmea Australia is a proud supporter of the GenAngus Future Leaders Program.

Emma holds credentials including the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course (GAICD) and ANZIIF Senior Associate, along with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Diploma for Graduates in Management. Emma has been the CEO at Achmea Australia since April 2017.

Ed Bradley

2023 GenAngus Future Leader

Ed Bradley has been with Hazeldean Angus and Merino Stud in Cooma, NSW for eight years. Hazeldean is one of the largest Angus studs in Australia and sells over 700 Angus bulls per year. Hazeldean supplies genetics to commercially focused, profit-driven herds all over Australia. With his wife Bea Litchfield, Ed is working in the Angus and Merino stud, along with a commercial sheep and Angus herd. He has a diploma from Marcus Oldham and a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Commerce.  

Ed has previously worked for Twynam Pastoral at Jemalong Station in Forbes, and Rivalea in Sydney as a meat trader and with Gai Waterhouse Racing preparing 2-year-old colts. His passion is all things animal livestock and measuring genetic gain. Ed is a 2023 GenAngus Future Leader, and he is currently the sales, marketing and client relations manager at Hazeldean.

Hannah Powe

2023 GenAngus Future Leader

Hannah and her family own and operate Goondoola Livestock at Cargo in the Central West of NSW. Hannah has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, has worked as the Livestock Editor of The Land newspaper, and is currently the NSW Genomics Territory Manager at Neogen Australasia.

Hannah has been part of the Angus Youth program since 2009. She has been a previous Angus Youth scholarship recipient and has served on the Angus Youth Consultative Committee. Hannah was the recipient of the 2020 Stewart Award for services to Angus Youth and she is a 2023 GenAngus Future Leader.

Jack Laurie

2022 GenAngus Future Leader

Jack is a sixth-generational livestock producer on his family property, Knowla Livestock, west of Gloucester, NSW. They run approximately 280 stud Angus cows and 600 commercial cows and trade 400 steers. With a Bachelor of Rural Science from the University of New England, Jack specialised in genetic data analysis and breeding program design.

Driven by his passion for genetics, Jack founded Breeder Genetics in 2019, a company dedicated to creating a breeder-to-breeder genetic platform and providing support to producers in enhancing their genetic gain. Jack’s business has enabled him to travel extensively throughout America, Canada, New Zealand, parts of Europe and across Australia. Over the next five years, Jack envisions Breeder Genetics expanding its range of genetic services, hiring additional staff, and increasing capital in broader supply chain sectors. The goal is to grow both the domestic and international customer bases.

Jack has actively participated in various Angus and other youth events over the years. He strongly believes in the importance of youth programs for the industry’s continuity and sustainability. Jack is a 2022 GenAngus Future Leader. 

Nancy Crawshaw

2022 GenAngus Future Leader

Nancy developed a passion for agriculture and genetics growing up on her parents’ sheep, beef, and Angus Stud property in Nuhaka, Northen Hawkes Bay, located on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. At university, Nancy pursued a career in agricultural science and discovered meat science during her study abroad in America.

Nancy spent five years working in the Quality Assurance team at Teys Naracoorte focused on continuous improvement before moving into her current role as Extension Officer with Angus Australia. Nancy enjoys learning about the role genetics and environment play to produce a high-quality product for the end consumer. Nancy is a 2022 GenAngus Future Leader.

Jake Philips

Extension Manager, Angus Australia

Jake Phillips is the Extension Manager at Angus Australia, based in Naracoorte, South Australia. With a wealth of beef industry experience and knowledge, Jake has worked across Australia in a variety of positions in the beef supply chain over the past two decades. Jake’s role is considered front line with Angus members and breeders of Angus cattle, to assist them in understanding the variety of breeding and genetics selection tools and information available to them. This also includes overseeing the expansive Angus Youth scholarships, awards and bursaries offered to industry.

In his spare time, Jake and his wife run Phillips Cattle Company, a registered cattle business. Jake has enjoyed the opportunity to judge cattle at major events across Australia, as well as helping younger people enter the cattle industry. As the 2023 Arthur Rickards Young Breed Leaders award recipient, Jake completed a five-week beef study tour of the United States in early 2024.

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