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Key Speakers

2023 Speakers

Anna Speer, Managing Director Greenstock

Anna was appointed Managing Director of Woolworths new stand-alone protein business Greenstock in April 2021.

Barry Irvin, Executive Chairman of Bega Cheese Limited

Barry is Executive Chairman of Bega Cheese, one of Australia's largest dairy and food companies with revenues exceeding $3 billion.

Chad Taylor, Mumblebone Merinos

With six generations of sheep breeding in the Taylor family, Chad and Louise have combined traditional farming experience with cutting-edge breeding technologies to produce the modern Mumblebone Merino.

Charlie Perry

Charlie was the 2022 Australian recipient of the Zanda McDonald Award.

Don Heatley

Don is a fifth generation north Queensland cattle producer with two stations and running 8,000
head of cattle on the lower Burdekin River.

Ginny Stevens, Founder, Active Farmers, Mum & Farmer

Ginny spent most of her childhood on a farm in Northern Tasmania and has always been passionate about agriculture, keeping active and farming communities. She combined these three loves when she founded Active Farmers in 2015.

Howard Parry-Husbands, Founder and CEO Pollinate

Howard is the founder and CEO of Pollinate, one of Australia’s leading strategic research consultancies which was awarded AFR Sustainability Leader 2022 in recognition of 15 years investment in research to understand consumer attitudes and behaviour to the environment.

Jake Bailey

Jake is a public speaker, the youngest #1 bestselling author in New Zealand history, and a passionate educator on the power of resilience.

John McKillop

John has held numerous senior agribusiness roles over the past 25 years including CEO of Hancock Agriculture, Hassad Australia and Clyde Agriculture.

Julia Jones, Head of Insight NZX

Never really living in the moment but always being excited about the future is what drives Julia. Change is inevitable and she works hard to help others have confidence in navigating an uncertain future.

Lucinda Corrigan, Rennylea Angus

Lucinda and her family run a performance recorded herd of 2,300 cows on two aggregations in Southern NSW at Bowna and Culcairn.

Mark Davie

Mark is a Central Queensland Cattle producer and advocate for beef, the product and the production system.

Mark Ferguson

Mark lives in Christchurch in New Zealand but grew up on the family farm in the Victorian Mallee. He has spent his career in the sheep industry working throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Oli Le Lievre, founder & storyteller, Humans of Agriculture

Oli is the Founder of Humans of Agriculture, a storytelling platform that looks to connect, engage and inspire those within and towards agriculture.

Prue Bondfield LLB (Qld); GAICD; Dip Project Management

Prue and her husband David operated Palgrove Charolais and Ultrablack stud and associated commercial cattle enterprise on several properties across Qld and NSW for over 34 years.

Rhys Roberts, CEO The Align Group

Rhys is the 2021 New Zealand recipient of the Zanda McDonald Award.

Richard Rains

Richard has Chaired The Zanda McDonald Award since 2015.

Rob McGavin, co-founder and the Non-Executive Chair of Cobram Estate Olives

Rob was the Executive Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Company until 20 April 2021.

Rozzie McKenna, Operations Manager LAMBPRO

Rozzie was the recipient of the Australian Zanda McDonald Award in 2021.

Shane McManaway, MNZM

Shane is the Patron and founder of the Zanda McDonald Award created in 2014. The Award was created with the support of the Platinum Primary Producers Group (PPP) in honour of close friend and Queensland cattle baron, the late Zanda McDonald. Shane was the founder and Chairman of this group from 2006 through to 2019.

Shannon Speight, founder and CEO of Black Box Co

Shannon is the founder and CEO of Black Box Co an innovative SaaS (Software as a Service) product that ingests raw data across the beef supply chain to inform prediction, forecasting and key production insights.

Thomas MacDonald, Chief Operating Office for Spring Sheep Milk Company

A past recipient of the Zanda Macdonald award (2018), Thomas is passionate for the primary sector in New Zealand with a focus on developing new high growth pathways to market.

Tom Bull, General Manager Lambpro

Tom Bull commenced breeding Suffolk sheep in Holbrook NSW in 1991, with the purchase of five Suffolk ewes while still at school. By the mid 1990’s the stud expanded into White Suffolk genetics and acquired many leading White Suffolk rams from the National Central Progeny Test Program.

Trent Thorne, Partner at Hamilton Locke and MC

Trent is a Partner at Hamilton Locke and the co-leader of its Food and Agribusiness group.

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