Jed Matz, Chief Executive Officer
Jed represents the council at meetings with federal ministers, senior public servants, international delegates, industry representatives and producer groups.
Some of Jed's key achievements at Cattle Council include: identifying and negotiating new funding opportunities for the council; negotiation of acceptable welfare standards for land transport of livestock; development and implementation of the Cattle Council Code of Conduct; management of the Australian cattle industries policy response to climate change and the Governments proposed emissions trading scheme.
Jed graduated from the University of Adelaide (Roseworthy) with Bachelor in Agricultural Business majoring in both marketing and international trade, has worked with the Department of Primary Industries and Resources SA, as an English teacher in Japan and with the South Australian Farmers' Federation representing the interests of Sheepmeat, Cattle, Wool, Poultry and Pork Producers.
Mark Harvey-Sutton, Policy Director
Mark is the Cattle Council's policy director, responsible for coordinating the Cattle Council's policy development. Mark's interest in the industry developed growing up in north Queensland where he saw first-hand the significant economic contribution the industry makes to rural Australia and its integral role in the community.
Mark joined the Cattle Council in April 2013 after several years with the Australian Government. During this time he worked on many issues across rural and regional portfolios, including working closely with industry in developing policy for Australia's red meat industries. Mark also most recently completed a 10-month stint at parliament house working in a ministerial office as a Departmental Liaison Officer. Mark is admitted as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of the ACT and has spent time working in law firm specialising in rural law.
Debbie Frater, Office Manager
Debbie is a small acre farmer and producer of Square Meaters/Murray Greys and joined Cattle Council in 2006. Debbie is a Cattle Committee member for the Royal National Capital Agricultural Society (RNCAS) or Royal Canberra Show and holds the position of Education Councillor for the RNCAS.
Debbie has been involved in the cattle industry for the past 8 years, having three children involved in junior judging and junior parader programs. After organizing and running the beef cattle junior judging, school and open paraders competitions at Canberra Royal Show, Debbie also coordinates the Schools Workshop, which invites schools from the ACT and surrounding regions to participate in beef cattle, sheep, wool, alpacas, goats & poultry judging, parading and microphone skills.
Mary Johnson, Communications and Stakeholder Relations
Mary manages Cattle Council's communication strategy. This involves working with CCA's stakeholders, providing regular updates on CCA's work, organising the annual RAT, Rising Champions Initiative and in 2013 the Five Nations Beef Alliance conference in Australia.
Mary studied at the Australian National University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science and English Literature. She joined the Cattle Council in September 2012 and took on the role of Communications & Stakeholder relations in January 2013. Mary grew up at Boorowa, NSW, and is still involved in her family's mixed grazing operation.
Lisa Cotter, Policy Officer
Lisa is the Policy Officer for the Cattle Council of Australia. In this role she liases with producers and industry stakeholders to facilitate Cattle Council's strategic policy direction. She is also involved in the producer engagement sphere of the Pasturefed Cattle Assurance System.
Lisa has worked previously in the commercial construction industry as a contracts administrator. Lisa was raised on the Monaro and currently resides in Boorowa with her partner on a mixed enterprise property.