Meet Our Directors

Richard Halliday- President

Richard runs Callowie Poll Merino Stud and commercial sheep flock with his wife Jacquie and their children Sarah, Angus and Thomas. Richard’s property is located in the south-east of South Australia near Bordertown. Elected as an Independent director, Richard joins WoolProducers from Livestock SA’s Wool & Livestock Committee and brings a wealth of knowledge having worked in the wool industry his whole life.

Independent Director

Ed Storey- Vice- President

Ed, a fourth generation wool producer, runs an 8000 head super-fine merino flock with his wife Nicki, and their three children just outside of Yass, NSW. Carrying an Economics degree from Sydney University, and Chairman of the NSW Farmers Association Wool Advisory Committee Ed provides significant insight into the wool industry and how it will look in the future.

Representing NSW Farmers

Jim McKenzie

Jim has been involved in the sheep and wool industries all his life.  He became actively involved in AgForce after moving to Cunnamulla in 2001 with his wife Trish and children, Amy, Sally and Ben. Jim is the Vice President of the AgForce Sheep and Wool Board and representative for South West Queensland and was elected to the WPA executive in 2010. Further to this Jim is the chair of the Wild Dog Action Plan Development Committee.

Representing AgForce Queensland

Andrew Johnston

Andrew manages a mixed farming operation at Exton and Sheffield in North Tasmania with cottage B&B accommodation. He is a member of the TFGA Wool Council. Andrew retired from the Tasmanian DPIPWE after 37 years, working in various roles in the livestock industries the last 15 as a sheep and wool development officer. His areas of work included livestock skills training, shearer and wool handler training and owner classer courses.

James Kirkpatrick

James and his wife Helen own and manage a 1,200 ha property at Beaufort, 55km west of Ballarat. He mainly runs fine wool Merino sheep based on Bindawarra bloodlines. James has been involved in Landcare for 24 years and has a strong interest in environmental sustainability linked to farm productivity. He has been a member of the VFF for 30 years and has been branch and DC president. At state level, James was elected as Vice President of the VFF Livestock group and has been involved with the wool committee.

Steve McGuire

Steve runs a commercial merino flock with his wife Andrea and their children Jane and Toby. Steve’s property, Tourgarup, is located at Kojonup in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. Steve joined Wool producers in 2017 as the delegate from the WA Farmers Livestock Council of which he is the Vice-President. Steve has been involved actively with WA Farmers for 5 years.

Representing WA Farmers

Steve Harrison

Steve lives in Gippsland, Victoria with his wife and three daughters. Steve owns Bindawarra Merino Stud and runs a successful commercial sheep flock of 4000 ewes. Steve is a Life Member of the Gippsland Sheep Breeders Association and has been a VFF Livestock Councillor for a number of years with the VFF Livestock Group.  He was appointed an independent WoolProducers director in 2011.

Independent Director

Max Watts

Max runs a mixed farming business 160kms Southeast of Perth, WA with his wife and two sons. Max’s farming business carries 12,000 Merinos producing wool and meat products and he crops 2,000Ha of oats, barley and canola. Max was elected as an independent WoolProducers director in 2005.

Independent Director

Charlie Merriman

Charlie is a partner in C.T. Merriman & Son with his wife Pip and son Jono, which is a mixed farming enterprise near Boorowa on the S-W Slopes of NSW. They run 2 merino studs, Merrignee Merino & Poll Merino Stud and Koonwarra Merino Stud and Merrignee Poll Hereford Stud plus commercial merino flock & first cross sheep and commercial Poll Hereford cattle. Charlie’s son Jono runs the cropping & pasture programs for the enterprise. Charlie was elected as an independent WoolProducers director in 2005.

Independent Director

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