Board of Directors of WoolProducers Australia

 Richard Halliday - President

Richard has worked in the wool industry all his life. Richard, Jacquie and their children Sarah, Angus and Thomas run the Callowie Poll Merino stud and commercial sheep flock . Their property is located in the south-east South Australia near Bordertown. Richard joins WoolProducers from Livestock SA's Wool and Livestock Committee.

Ed Storey - Senior Vice President

Ed, his wife Nicki and their three children are located just outside of Yass, NSW.  Ed is a fourth generation wool grower and they shear around 8000 sheep a year at 16-18 micron. He sees a bright outlook for wool but recognises the vegan agenda as a threat to livestock industries.  He says the everyday animal welfare that is being practiced by growers in their health programs and biosecurity does more for animal welfare than they realise, and we must promote this as best we can.  Ed is also a strong believer in quality market intelligence and growers should adjust their production based on market signals.  As far as levy bodies go, Ed believes they should be lean and efficient and be wary of duplication. He graduated from Sydney University with an Economics degree. Edward is Chairman of the NSW Farmers Association Wool Advisory Committee.  Ed represents the NSW Farmers’ Association at WoolProducers.



  James Mackenzie - Vice President and Treasurer

James 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. James was elected to the Sheep and Wool board of AgForce in 2006 to represent the South West and appointed to WPA executive in September 2010.

Representing AgForce Queensland

  Ed Rogister

The Western Australian Farmers Federation (WAFarmers) is delighted to have rejoined WoolProducers Australia providing it the opportunity to be part of the decision-making process on national issues.
As President of WAFarmers Wool Section, I am looking forward to working closely with WoolProducers Australia Board members and their respective organisations over the coming year.

Representing WAFarmers


  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 and a member and past President of the Deloraine Rotary Club. 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.

Representing the Tasmanian Farmers & Graziers Association

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 has been involved with the wool committee and is currently a livestock councillor.

Representing the Victorian Farmers Federation

  Steven Harrison - Independent Director

Steve lives in Gippsland Victoria with his wife and three daughters. He has a successful commercial sheep flock of 4,000 ewes and has just purchased the renowned Bindawarra Merino Stud.  Steve is a Life Member of the Gippsland Sheep Breeders Association and a VFF Livestock Councillor for the last three years.  He was appointed an independent WoolProducers director in 2011.

  Max Watts - Independent Director

Max runs a mixed farming operation near Wandering, south-east of Perth in WA. He is an Independent Director of WPA.


  Charlie Merriman - Independent Director

Charlie was elected as an Independent Director in 2005. He is a partner in C.T. Merriman & Son with his wife Pip and son Jono, which is a mixed farming interprise 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. Jono runs the cropping & pasture programs for the enterprise.