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Australian Meat Processor Corporation

Australian Meat Processor Corporation

Board of Directors

The Board consists of seven Processor Directors and two Special Qualifications Directors. Members elect the Processor Directors every two years.

The Chairman and Deputy Chairman are elected by the Board and the Special Qualifications Directors are elected by the Processor Members of the Board.  

For further information about the Board's responsibilities, refer to the 2017-18 Annual Report. This report also contains information about the Board's Code of Conduct and other governance requirements.

For more information about our Board, please click on the links below.

John Berry

John Berry

Chairman

John is Head of Corporate and Regulatory for JBS Australia Pty Limited, Australia's largest meat and food processing company. He has served as the AMPC Chairman over the past 3 year term.

John possesses a Bachelor of Business Government and Law (QUT) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) (UQ). He is also a Graduate and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

John has been involved at a senior level in the Australian meat industry for over 20 years and in JBS has responsibility for Government and Industry Relations, Industrial Relations, Environmental Operations and Sustainability.

John was elected to the AMPC Board for a seventh term in December 2017.

Melissa Fletcher

Melissa Fletcher

Deputy Chairman

Melissa Fletcher is the Chief Executive Officer of Fletcher International Exports, one of Australia’s largest processors and exporters of lamb and sheep meat products.

As an Australian of proud indigenous descent with over 30 years of industry experience, she represents a new generation of red meat industry leaders and brings a unique and valuable perspective to the AMPC Board.

Melissa was elected to the AMPC Board for her first term in December 2017.       

Bruce Rathie

Bruce Rathie

Special Qualifications Director

Bruce is a a professional Non-Executive Director of nearly 20 years standing having completed successful prior careers in law and finance. He holds degrees in law (LLB), commerce (B. Commerce) and business (MBA Geneva). He is particularly strong in governance being a Fellow of the AICD and holding its Diploma Company Director, a Fellow of Australian Institute of Managers & Leaders and a Fellow of the Governance Institute and holding its Diploma Company Secretarial Practice (Governance).

His legal career included being a partner of a prominent private law firm and then Senior Corporate Counsel to Robert Holmes a Court's Bell Resources Limited in the 1980's.

After practicing law, he went into investment banking in 1986 which took him to New York for 3 years returning to Sydney in 1990.  He spent the 1990's as an investment banker in Sydney, the last 5 of which as Director Investment Banking and Head of the Industrial Franchise Group at Salomon Brothers and then Salomon Smith Barney where he lead the firm's JLM roles in the privatisations or IPOs of Qantas, Commonwealth Bank and Telstra amongst other major transactions of the day.

Bruce has been a professional Director since 2000 in roles with ASX listed and unlisted companies predominantly in the financial services, biotechnology and technology sectors. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of ASX 200 PolyNovo Limited, Capricorn Society Limited and ASX listed Netlinkz Limited. He is also Chairman of ASX listed 4DMedical Limited and Capricorn Mutual Limited. Previously, he has been a Non-Executive Director of ASX listed companies Compumedics Limited, Anteo Diagnostics Limited (Chair), USCOM Limited, Mungana Goldmines Limited and Datadot Technology Limited (Chair).

Bruce was elected to the AMPC Board for his first term in December 2017.

Leanne Heywood

Leanne Heywood

Special Qualifications Director

Leanne is an experienced ASX non-executive director, Audit and Risk committee and Nominations and Remuneration committee chair with broad general management experience gained through an international career in the mining sector, including 10 years with Rio Tinto.

Her experience includes strategic marketing, business finance and compliance and she has led organisational restructures, disposals and acquisitions.

Additionally, she has had significant experience in complex cross-cultural negotiations and international customer and stakeholder relationship management (including governments, communities, and investment partners).

Leanne holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Charles Sturt University and an MBA from the Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and CPA Australia.

Leanne was elected to the AMPC Board for her first term in December 2017.

Gary Hardwick

Gary Hardwick

Processor Director

Gary Hardwick is the Founder and Executive of Hardwick's Meatworks Pty Ltd located in Kyneton, Victoria. Gary is a qualified Accountant, a Member of the National Processors Council (NPC), Director of Australian Meat Industry Superannuation Trust (AMIST), Director of Red Meat Advisory Council (RMAC) and the Chairman of the Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC).

Gary was elected to the AMPC Board for an eleventh term in December 2017.

Dean Goode

Dean Goode

Processor Director

Dean was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Kilcoy Pastoral Company Limited (KPC) on 1 July 2012. He has worked for KPC for over fourteen years, including as General Manager of Operations. He has extensive experience in the export beef processing industry, having previously worked for over twenty years with AMH at both their Dinmore and Townsville facilities in various management roles.  In January 2017, he was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer of the rebranded group of companies, Kilcoy Global Foods, with responsibilities in Australia, USA and China.

Dean holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from James Cook University, Townsville.

Dean was elected to the AMPC Board for his second term in December 2017.

Noel Kelson

Noel Kelson

Processor Director

Noel Kelson has been involved within the Australian meat processing sector since 1971, working in government in inspection and compliance. In 1995 he moved from government service to be the founding QA Manager at Midfield Meat Group, and is now Midfield’s Manager of Technical and Regulatory Services. Noel has maintained a strong interest in industry matters and is currently a serving Board member of the Australian Meat Industry Council, Prime Safe Victoria and a Trustee Director of the Australian Meat Industry Superannuation Trust.

Noel was appointed on 28 April 2020.

Tom Maguire

Tom Maguire

Processor Director

Post graduation in Economics, Industrial Relations and Human Resources Management. Completed Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Queensland.

Tom Maguire currently holds the position of Group General Manager with HW Greenham and Sons, and was previously General Manager ‑ Corporate Services with Teys Australia Pty Limited. Tom has been involved in the Australian meat industry since 1997 and has held senior positions in the National Meat Association of Australia.

Tom was elected to the AMPC Board for a seventh term in December 2017.

Simon Stahl

Simon Stahl

Processor Director

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting major) from University of Southern Queensland.

Simon Stahl has been working in the red meat industry for over 30 years and currently holds the position Chief Executive Officer, Northern Co-operative Meat Company Ltd (NCMC). Simon began his career at KR Darling Downs, before working with NH Foods Australia Pty Ltd in a variety of roles including Managing Director (TBS Mackay) and Group Innovation Manager.

Simon was elected to the AMPC Board for a fourth term in December 2017.

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