Margo Andrae, Chief Executive Officer
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 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.
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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 Cattle Council office, Debbie organises Cattle Council quarterly board and consultative committee meetings, accommodation and catering plus is PA/EA to the President and CEO.
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Tom Dawkins, Director of Industry Affairs
Tom Dawkins joined Cattle Council as Director of Industry Affairs in 2018. Previously Industry Secretary at the Australian Livestock Exporters' Council, where he commenced in 2015, Tom has a background in agricultural media. He was the Editor of Stock Journal (2008-2010) and Stock & Land (2010-2012) and has degrees from the University of Adelaide in International Studies and Environmental Management.
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John McGoverne, Policy Director
Cattle Council's Policy Director, John McGoverne, joined Cattle Council in 2018, transferring from Sheep Producers Australia where he worked from 2016.
John has policy experience with Australian Pork Limited and with the Department of Agriculture. As well as extensive farm management experience, John has a Masters of Environmental Management from Charles Sturt University and an Associate Diploma of Farm Management from the former Orange Agricultural College.
D'arcy Ryder, Policy Officer
Justin Toohey, Advisor - Animal Health, Welfare and Biosecurity
Justin’s career originated on his family property in the Southern Highlands of NSW, producing comeback wool, prime lambs and cattle. After completing his undergraduate studies in Agricultural Science, Justin worked for companies in the meat-chicken industry (genetics) and the dairy industry (livestock management).
Following completion of a Master of Economics degree at the University of New England, Justin joined the US Foreign Agricultural Service in the American Embassy, Canberra, then Cattle Council of Australia. He served the Council as its fifth Executive Director from 1995 until 2002.
Justin has had a long career with the red-meat and livestock industry, including as Company Secretary/Director of CATTLECARE Ltd and Company Secretary of Red Meat Advisory Council Ltd. He was accepted as a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors in 1999.
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2019 NTCA AGM and Conference
Cattle Council's 2018 AGM will commence at 8am, Tuesday 20 November, in Ballroom 1, Level 1, Hotel Realm, Canberra, ACT. Nominations for the independent positions on the Cattle Council of Australia board are due by 5pm, Friday 12 October 2018.