Staff

Duncan Bremner, Chief Executive Officer

Duncan is an accomplished CEO and Board Director, established in the fields of agribusiness, regional development, logistics, and trade. 

He brings strong experience in leadership, innovation, advocacy, and governance through his roles on such Boards as the Brussels-based International Federation for Animal Health, Agribusiness Australia, ChemCert, the National Farmers’ Federation Council, and the National Rural Press Club.

His senior executive roles include serving as the CEO of Animal Medicines Australia, the Australian Road Train Association, and a series of senior roles in government advocacy and public relations in Australia, the UK, and North America.

Prior to entering the corporate sector, Duncan established and maintains strong multi-partisan relationships at Federal, State, and Territory Government levels, having served in such roles as an advisor to former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson, and as an advisor during the establishment of the National Broadband Network company (NBN Co).

After leaving school and spending several years working in the Northern Australian cattle industry, Duncan undertook a Communications degree at Charles Sturt University Bathurst, subsequently becoming a broadcast and print journalist, specialising in rural and regional media through outlets including Prime TV Dubbo, Snow FM Cooma, and The Land newspaper.

 

 

Debbie Frater, Office Manager

Debbie is a small acre farmer and producer of Murray Grey cattle and joined Cattle Council in 2006 and has been involved in the cattle industry for the past 17 years. For 13 of those years Debbie was a Councillor for the Royal National Capital Agricultural Society (RNCAS) on their cattle committee running the school and open parader competitions along with junior judging.

Debbie also held the position of Education Councillor coordinating the Schools Workshop Education Day, which invited schools from the ACT and surrounding regions to participate in beef cattle, sheep, wool, alpacas, goats and poultry judging, parading and microphone skills. Both voluntary positions.

Besides running the Cattle Council office, including the human resources and supervision of the accounts, Debbie organises the Cattle Council quarterly board and consultative committee meetings, accommodation and catering plus is PA/EA to the President and CEO.

For general enquiries please email cca@cattlecouncil.com.au

 

Margo Andrae, Director of Industry Engagement and Communications 

Margo has extensive experience and networks across primary industries, regional Australia and research environments through positions with local government, universities, research, skills and training environments. Prior to commencing with the Cattle Council she held positions with CSIRO, University of NSW, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation and QLD Local Government. She has extensive experience in stakeholder engagement, marketing, communications, business development, operations and resource management and is currently completing her MBA through the Australian Graduate School of Management, UNSW.

Margo has responsibility for industry engagement, media and marketing including the Rising Champions InitiativeAustralian Institute of Company Directors Course and the Rural Awareness Tour.  For any media or marketing queries please email commsmanager@cattlecouncil.com.au

 

Will Evans, Policy Officer

 

Will is a key member of the Cattle Council Policy team and a passionate advocate for the beef industry.  

Whilst Will was born in Townsville he spent most of his teenage years near the Sunshine Coast in South-Eastern Queensland. Coming from a family of scientists and educators Will studied Agribusiness at UQ Gatton where he was president of the UQ Gatton Agribusiness Association.

During this period Will developed a passion for the agricultural community and saw value in assisting the industry advocate for a fairer system of government regulations. He sees better engagement with the broader Australian community as being integral to safeguarding the future of the Australian beef industry and is committed to helping the industry achieve this.

Will currently acts as Secretariat for the Industry Systems and Food Safety Committee

Further contact: policy@cattlecouncil.com.au

 

Verity Price, PCAS and Policy Officer

Verity is a key member of the policy team but also has responsibility for the PCAS program.  She is a cattle breeder on the side and comes from a prime lamb property outside Crookwell NSW.  She is currently completing a Bachelor of Agriculture Business Management through CSU.

Verity’s focus within the Pasturefed Cattle Assurance Program is the continuous improvement of the operation of the PCAS program. The regular review of the Rules & Standards ensures that PCAS can maintain the highest standards whilst attempting to create a system which can enable grassfed producers the necessary certification to differentiate their product and receive a premium upon slaughter.

Verity is also secretariat to the Marketing and Market Access committee. Together with 18 producers from across Australia the MMAT Committee provide strategic outcomes in overcoming technical trade barriers, marketing of Australian beef both domestically and internationally and represent the public interests in the dietary nutritional value of beef.

Further contact: pcas@cattlecouncil.com.au

 

 

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