Speaker Profile

Adam Coffey

Adam is a Director on the  board of Cattle Australia, representing the North Australian Beef Research Council region. 

Adam owns and operates a 2500 hectare beef breeding and trading enterprise in Central Queensland with his wife Jacynta. Prior to this he spent 10 years across the Kimberley and Northern Territory working in the beef cattle sector. He is a passionate advocate for Australian beef production systems and works hard to promote the industry’s environmental and sustainability credentials to ensure its ongoing growth and success.

Tom Marland

Tom specialises in rural property transactions, estate and succession planning, dispute resolution and litigation. Tom also represents landholders across Queensland faced with coal, gas and infrastructure development on their land.

Tom has earned the reputation as a tireless advocate for his clients and prides himself on delivering outcomes. Tom’s ‘no nonsense’ approach allows him to provide practical advice in language and terms that clients can understand and implement. Tom maintains his own cattle operation in the Gin Gin District and is passionate about the future of agriculture and regional Queensland.

Bill Ellis

Bill is a research fellow at the University of Queensland, where he has conducted research into koala ecology for over 30 years. Most of Bill’s research focuses on non-urban koalas, including the islands off Mackay and a long partnership with Blair Athol Coal Mine at Clermont.

Wide ranging surveys for koalas across grazing country in Queensland led Bill to his interest in co-grazing of cattle and koalas, an area he is currently investigating through a long-running koala-recolonisation project with Tandora Pastoral Company near Maryborough.

Bill was a conservation postdoctoral fellow with San Diego Zoo’s Centre for Research into Endangered Species (CRES) before establishing the Koala Ecology Group in the School of Agriculture and Food Science at UQ, and he has published widely across topics as diverse as koala immune responses and animal communication. Bill has a Master of Environmental Law from the Australian National University and a PhD in Zoology from the University of Queensland.

Jessica Loughland

Jessica is the Livestock Supply Chain Manager for Australian beef processor, Greenham, who operates three export beef plants across Victoria and Tasmania. In her role, Jessica is responsible for overseeing the company’s natural beef programs, digital feedback systems, supply chain sustainability initiatives, and engagement with producers. Since joining the team in December 2020, she has successfully delivered two new premium programs to Greenham producers and customers, including the Greenham Beef Sustainability Standard (GBSS) and the Dairy Beef Program.

Jessica studied agricultural science at Charles Sturt University and, prior to joining Greenham, gained valuable experience working for Teys Australia in various roles across livestock, commercial analytics, and project management, and at MLA, where she led the MSA Business Development team to help drive adoption and commercialisation of the Meat Standards Australia (MSA) program.

Jessica a passionate advocate for Australian agriculture and strives to support the ongoing sustainability and resilience of the industry through her involvement in the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework (ABSF) Sustainability Steering Group and the advisory group for the ‘Environmental Credentials for Australian Beef’ project. Jessica is also a non-Executive Director for Food and Fibre Great South Coast (FFGSC) and the Future Farmers Network (FFN) where she hopes to engage and inspire the next generation of industry leaders.

Ange Hutchinson

Ange is both an experienced Board Director, in her role with AgForce Cattle, and a small business owner, as CEO of Aspire Ag Solutions.

Supporting industry in her director role, Ange interprets and influences the design of emerging sustainability frameworks to ensure appropriate representation of the realities faced by Australian Beef Industry participants. To this end, she has recently:

  • Promoted Australian interests at the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock in Thailand by addressing concerns of land management, animal wellbeing and human health.
  • Driven the development of an Australian No Deforestation commitment that captures the nuance of asset-level management while securing access to international markets.

Under her private consultancy, Ange both:

  • Provides advisory services to the largest Australian corporates on the interface of their climate risk and net zero business strategies with agricultural activities/portfolios; and
  • guides agricultural family businesses on succession, business strategy, sustainability, and compliance. 

Ange will be facilitating a diverse conversation on environmental management and business impacts in an evolving and complex consideration, given international market access considerations.

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