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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 three years.

The Chairman and Deputy Chairman are elected by the Board. Seven processor directors are elected by AMPC members, and two special qualifications directors are appointed by the processor directors. Together they form a skills-based board, covering the expertise required under our funding agreement and provide value to AMPC’s remit.

The last director election took place in 2020, with processor directors appointed at the AGM held in November 2020.

For further information about the Board's responsibilities, refer to the our company Annual Reports.

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

John Berry

John Berry

Chair

John K Berry, Director and Head of Corporate and Regulatory, JBS Australia Pty Limited.

JBS is the largest meat and food processing company in Australia and New Zealand and is in the top 50 Australian companies in terms of revenues ($A7 Billion).

John has over 20 years of senior management experience in the Australian Meat and Food Processing Industry.

He is a member of the executive team and also a Board member of JBS Australia Pty Limited.

JBS Australia is the major animal protein food business in the country with 12,000 employees across meat processing, feedlots, food processing, international trading and domestic wholesaling.

John is also on the Board of Scott Technology, a New Zealand listed robotics, technology and manufacturing company with operations globally. Scott Technology has revenues of approximately NZ$200 Million.

He is also Chairman of the Australian Meat Processor Corporation which is the lead industry research and development company for the Australian Meat Processing Sector.

John has lead responsibility for corporate and government relations, industrial relations and environmental within the JBS Australia business. He also has extensive operational and business strategy experience including merger and acquisitions and business integration .

John possesses an MBA from the University of Queensland, business management degree from the Queensland Institute of Technology and is also a Graduate and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

John was elected to the AMPC Board for an eighth term in November 2020.

Melissa Fletcher

Melissa Fletcher

Deputy Chair

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 second term in November 2020.       

Bruce Rathie

Bruce Rathie

Special Qualifications Director

Bruce is 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 (biotechnology), ASX listed Cettire Limited (e-commerce), Capricorn Society Limited (financial services) and Australian Meat Processors Corporation Limited (research & development). He is also Chairman of ASX listed 4DMedical Limited (biotechnology) and Capricorn Mutual Limited (financial services). Previously, he has been a Non-Executive Director of ASX listed companies Compumedics Limited (medical devices), Anteo Diagnostics Limited (Chair) (biotechnology), USCOM Limited (medical device), Mungana Goldmines Limited (gold exploration & development) and Datadot Technology Limited (Chair) (technology).

Bruce was elected to the AMPC Board for his second term in November 2020.

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 second term in November 2020.

Brad Teys

Brad Teys

Processor Director

Brad Teys has worked in the beef processing industry for 42 years, working throughout the business in various areas including livestock procurement, plant operations and sales.  Brad has been CEO of Teys since 2002 and has been Chairman and CEO since 2019.

Teys Australia is the second largest beef processing company in Australia with six processing sites, three feedlots and value added and wholesaling businesses throughout the Country’s eastern seaboard.  Teys Australia employees 4700 people across three states.

Brad has a Dip. Meat Tech. with Distinction from Massey University, New Zealand and an MBA with Distinction from Bond.

Brad was elected to the AMPC Board in November 2020.

 

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 twelve 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.

Dean was elected to the AMPC Board for his third term in November 2020.

Noel Kelson

Noel Kelson

Processor Director

Noel Kelson has been involved within the Australian meat processing sector since 1971 working in government inspection and compliance.  During this period, he had participated within the significant changes executed by the Victorian meat industry including the transition from direct regulatory control to a quality assured outcome.

In 1995 Noel left the government service to become the quality assurance manager for the Warrnambool based Midfield Meat International Pty Ltd, a position held for 23 years.

Noel has maintained a strong interest in industry matters and in 2015 became a serving Board member of the Australian Meat Industry Council and in 2017 a Trustee Director of the Australian Meat Industry Superannuation Trust. In 2017 Noel was appointed to the Board of the Victorian meat authority, PrimeSafe, and in April of 2020 filled a vacancy upon the AMPC Board.

Noel was elected to the AMPC Board in November 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 an eighth term in November 2020.

James Hardwick

James Hardwick

Processor Director

James Hardwick is the joint Owner/Director of Hardwicks Meatworks Pty Ltd, a multi species Tear One 1 export plant situated in Kyneton, Victoria.

Additionally, he is a joint Owner/Director of the Kytoy & BCM Motor Group, with five car dealerships situated in Victoria.

He has served as Treasurer of the Victorian Wholesale Butchers Association since 2009 and is currently a Director of MIESF Superannuation Fund.          

James completed a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) degree at University.

James was elected to the AMPC Board for his first term in November 2020.

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