Sally O’Brien (Chairman)
O’Brien was appointed Chairman of the Western Australian Meat Industry Authority from 1st August 2019 for a three year term, prior to being Deputy Chairman from June 2018 and commencing her Board Membership in 2011. She operates a family mixed broad acre agricultural business located at Irwin in WA’s Midwest producing grain, beef cattle, wool and prime lambs. O’Brien 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.
Panizza was reappointed to the Board for a further three-year term in April 2019. Mr 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 the public practice before taking up a position in the private sector. Mr Panizza is the Chairman of the Australian Meat Industry Association’s Western Australian Processor Council and is the State’s representative to that organisations national body, the Australian Processors Council.
Williams was appointed to the Board for a one-year term in September 2020 and has been re-appointed for a further term until June 2022, as a representative representing the Wholesale & Retail Meat Industry. Ms Williams is a highly accomplished operations, sales and marketing professional with over 15 years of experience within the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry and has worked extensively across both Australian domestic and international markets. She has considerable business and entrepreneurial experience through her partnerships within the wholesale and retail industries, having successfully negotiated supply agreements with all the major multiples in Australia. Ms Williams management roles within Craig Mostyn Group, Cannon Foods and Woolworths have provided her a comprehensive understanding of supply chain management within an accomplished integrated meat processing model. Joanna ‘s experience in lean processing, continuous improvement and occupational safety and health is a great asset to the board.
Lay was appointed to the Board for a one-year term in May 2020 and has been re-appointed for a further term until June 2022, as a representative of producers of meat. Mrs Lay is currently a business partner at Coolindown Farms, a family-owned mixed sheep and grain enterprise near Esperance and is the Co-Founder and current secretary of Esperance Zone Innovation (EZI) Group Inc. She has worked in the Agricultural Industry since 1994 and holds a double Diploma in Business Studies and Agriculture as well as completing the full AICD Company Directors Course in 2020. In 2019, Mrs Lay won the WA Agrifutures Rural Women’s Award for her pilot project looking at GPS tracking of lambing ewes for animal welfare and production outcomes.
Dr Kelly Pearce
Pearce was appointed to the Board for a three-year term in August 2019 representing the producers of meat and was appointed as Deputy Chair in 2020. Dr Pearce is a grain and prime lamb producer based in Yealering. She has an eighteen-year career in Agricultural Research and continues to coordinate several regional science and innovation projects and is currently Acting Executive Officer of The Facey Group based at Wickepin.
Dr Pearce is a Director of the Biosecurity Council of WA, Director of the Grower Group Alliance (WA) and a Committee Member of the Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee, and the WA Sheep & Goat Industry Funding Scheme Management Committee. Dr Pearce is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a 2012 Nuffield Scholar.
Mr McDougall was reappointed to the Western Australian Meat Industry Authority Board as the representative for Private Abattoirs for a further three-year term in April 2020. 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. Mr McDougall 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 WA”. Mr McDougall until recently was the General Manager for Agriculture, of the Forrest families “Harvest Road Group”, which includes the procurement strategy for Harvey Beef and the management of the vast pastoral properties held by Forrest family. Mr McDougall has represented industry 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. Mr McDougall was awarded a scholarship sponsored by (AMPC) Australian Meat Processors Corporation to participate in the prestigious Australian Rural Leadership Program thus receiving a Fellowship and a Graduate Certificate in Rural Leadership from James Cook University. Additionally, Mr McDougall holds an advanced diploma in Leadership and Management from the University of Western Australia.
Bowley was appointed to the Board as the delegate of the Director General of Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development in April 2022.
Bowley and his family moved to WA and settled in Geraldton the late 1990’s from South Australia and has over 35 years working in Rural Services across regional Australia and has developed hands on experience in the livestock supply and value chains through working with producers and processors. As sale yards form an important part of the supply chain, undertaking innovative practice and training of staff has been a core focus to drive value in the agribusiness sector. Commencing as a trainee and moving through the ranks to become Manager of Elders branches before moving into Executive management, has provided him with a rounded industry knowledge.
Bowley’sknowledge and skills transitioned him into the WA Public Sector and was appointed to the position of Regional Director of the Department of Agriculture & Food, at a time when the MidWest region had experienced the two worst droughts in WA’s history. Mike was charged with developing a long-term strategy for the preparedness and management of dry seasons by the former Agriculture Minister the late Kim Chance. Leading a team of scientists and development officers, they created the North East Agricultural Region strategy which assisted in formulating State and National Drought Policy.
Bowley’s commitment to the MidWest Region now sees him working as the Director of Regional Development with the MidWest Development Commission, focusing on delivering economic improvements for a range of key drivers including Agribusiness, Tourism, Infrastructure, Resources and Energy and of course the promotion of the wonderful lifestyle offered within WA regional areas.
Bowley is also the Chair of the MidWest Sports Federation where his goal is to create an ongoing legacy of building the capacity of the MidWest sport and recreation community through leadership and commitment. Bowley became a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2011 and has a Diploma of Public Safety (Biosecurity Response Management).
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