Adelaide McDonald, Trent Thorne and Elisha Parker announced as new Beef Australia directors

Updated January 18 2022 - 5:21am, first published 5:00am
Adelaide McDonald, Trent Thorne and Elisha Parker.

Three new directors will join Beef Australia in the lead-up to the 2024 exposition following the 2021 Beef Australia annual general meeting held in Rockhampton last Friday.

Over 700 Beef Australia members from across Australia voted in the new directors, who together with eight existing directors, will make up the 2024 board.

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All helming from outback Queensland, the new directors are beef cattle enterprise MDH Pty Ltd director, Adelaide McDonald, agribusiness lawyer, Trent Thorne, and co-founder of Cattlesales.com.au, Elisha Parker.

Bryce Camm will continue his tenure in the chair position of Beef Australia for the next three years with the remaining executive positions remaining the same - Russell Hughes and Grant Cassidy as vice chairmen, Kay Becker as secretary and Richard Brosnan as treasurer.

"It's an honour and privilege to be voted again into this position to continue to build on the growth and success of Beef Australia into 2024," Mr Camm said.

Stepping down from the board for 2024 is retiring director Ken Murphy, who has been involved with Beef Australia since its inception in 1988.

Chairman Bryce Camm was the first to lead the praise for the years of service Ken provided of volunteer service to the event.

"Ken has been an invaluable contributor to the event over his long history with Beef Australia and on behalf of the board we sincerely thank him for his service," he said.

"As a token of his service we are awarding Ken life membership of Beef Australia and we know he will continue to remain a loyal friend of Beef Australia for years to come."

Along with the new director announcement, new CEO Simon Irwin began with Beef Australia last week, marking a new era for the organisation leading into Beef 2024.

Beef 2024 will be held in Rockhampton from Sunday May 5 - Saturday May 11, 2024.

Adelaide has a long-standing connection with the Australian beef industry and brings a combination of corporate, financial and industry expertise to the board. Adelaide currently serves as director of MDH Pty Ltd, her family beef cattle enterprise, one of the largest in Australia, running 175,000 head of cattle across 13 stations in Queensland.

Trent is the co-leader of McCullough Robertson Lawyers food and agribusiness group and a recognised and committed legal specialist for the agricultural sector with over 18 years' experience acting for food and agribusiness clients in a wide range of commercial matters.

Elisha is an AgForce cattle board director since 2020 and a member of the Truth in Labelling working group and communication and advocacy committee, and her accomplishments and background include being 2020 Queensland finalist for the AgriFutures Rural Women's Award.

Beef Australia 2024 Board

  • Bryce Camm - Chairman, Russell Hughes - Vice Chairman, and Grant Cassidy - Vice Chairman
  • Kay Becker - Secretary
  • Richard Brosnan - Treasurer
  • Jess Webb, Claire Mactaggart, Rodney Bell, Adelaide McDonald, Elisha Parker, and Trent Thorne.

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