The Accountable Authority is the Western Australian Meat Industry Authority, which consists of eight (8) Members representing producers, processors, retailers, industry employees and government appointed by the Minister and one (1) Member nominated by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development as a representative. The Authority reports to the Minister for Agriculture and Food.
The Authority Members as at 5 April 2018:
|Name of Member||Position Held||Term Expires|
|David Lock (Chairman)||Representing the Minister||31/03/2018|
|Mark Panizza||Representing Private Abattoirs||31/03/2019|
|Vacant||Representing Wholesale & Retail Meat Industry|
|Andrew Kennedy||Representing Employees of the Industry||31/03/2019|
|Belinda Murray||Representing Producers of Meat||31/03/2020|
|Damien Hills||Representing Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development||Not applicable|
|Sally O'Brien||Representing Producers of Meat||31/03/2020|
|Kim McDougall||Representing Private Abattoirs||31/03/2020|
Lock has been appointed Chairman of the Western Australian Meat Industry Authority since March 2012. Lock is currently Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Mareterram Limited, an Australian owned agribusiness and food company headquartered in WA. Norwest, a division of Mareterram, is the single largest owner operator within the Shark Bay Prawn Managed Fishery, while Mareterram Foods manage the sales and marketing of the Norwest products together with other premium, sustainably caught seafood that are sourced worldwide, as well as acting as the exclusive agents for other premium food brands.
Panizza was reappointed to the Board for a third three-year term in April 2016. Panizza is a CPA and represents the interests of private abattoirs. He has worked in various regional areas throughout the State as an accountant in public practice before taking up a position in the private sector. Panizza is currently a Director and CEO of Dardanup Butchering Company. He is the Chairman of the Australian Meat Industry Association’s Western Australian Processor Council and is the State’s representative to that organisation’s national body, the Australian Processor Council.
Kennedy was appointed to the Board in May 2016. Kennedy commenced his legal career in London before moving to Melbourne to work in the field of workplace relations and safety for a national law firm. In 2006, Kennedy moved from Melbourne to Perth with the same national law firm before commencing in an in-house legal role with a multinational mining company. In that role he was responsible managing the Asia Pacific region legal team. In March 2017, Kennedy was appointed to the role of Australian Regional Group Executive, Legal Services, with Newmont Mining Corporation. In that role Kennedy has overall responsibility for the legal, land and records management functions. Prior to becoming a lawyer Kennedy pursued a career in Agriculture and spent several years working in the sector in England and in the United States.
Ms Murray was appointed to the Board for a three-year term commencing 31 March 2017. Ms Murray replaces Ms Gorter as a representative of producers of meat. Ms Murray is currently the Executive Director at Kunmallup Pastoral Co, a family owned agricultural enterprise located in Katanning. Previously, Ms Murray was a Genetics Research Officer at the Department of Agriculture and Food WA and a Policy Director at Pastoralists and Graziers Association. Ms Murray holds a Bachelor of Animal Science, First Class Hons, from the University of Western Australia. Since 2015, Ms Murray has been a director of Sheep Alliance of WA (formerly Sheep Industry Leadership Council).
Mr Hills was appointed as the Delegate of the Director General of the Department of Agriculture and Food in October 2016. Mr Hills is currently Principal Policy Officer in the Grains and Livestock Directorate of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. Mr Hills’ has worked in both Western Australian and Victorian State Government in various roles including agriculture, water resource management, regional community engagement and development and salinity management. Mr Hills’ was Chief Executive Officer for the South West Catchments Council for 5 years, a private consultant for 2 years, before entering the Oil and Gas Peak National Industry Association (APPEA) in the Environment, Safety and Regulation Field.
O'Brien was reappointed to the Board for a third three-year term in April 2017. She has been self-employed in a family broad acre agricultural business located at Irwin in WA's Midwest for the past 20 years. She was Vice Chairman of the Mingenew Irwin Group (2010-2017) (1998-2001 Treasurer). O'Brien is a founding board member of MIGO (Mingenew Irwin Group Operations) a commercial division of the Mingenew Irwin Group responsible for the identification of opportunities, formulation and implementation of policy in regards to commercial opportunities within the region, and still currently remains on the board.
McDougall was reappointed to the Board as the representative for Private Abattoirs for a three-year term in April 2017. His career has spanned in excess of 30 years in the Western Australian livestock industry principally dealing with producers in the marketing of both cattle and sheep. He has represented the agribusiness agency sector at "WALSA" (Western Australian Livestock Salesmen's Association) as well as in the role of a management committee member of "Livestock Logistics". He is currently the General Manager for Livestock, of the Forrest families "Harvest Road Group", which include the procurement strategy for Harvey Beef and the management of the vast pastoral properties held by Forrest family. McDougall is currently on the Red Meat Advisory Councils (RMAC) "sustainability steering group" a national group that provides the overarching vision for Australia's beef and cattle industry. He was awarded a scholarship sponsored by (AMPC) Australian Meat Processors Corporation to participate in the prestigious Australian Rural Leadership Program. He holds an advanced diploma in leadership and management from the University of Western Australia.
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