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

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.

Joe Keynes

Joe is a fifth generation farmer from South Australia. He runs a family business, Keyneton Station with his wife Sally, brother Graham and sister in law Melanie. The business operates across 6800 ha of mostly grazing country at Keyneton, located in the eastern Mount Lofty Ranges and in the South East, South Australia principally grazing Merino sheep, Angus cattle and first-cross lambs. Joe is the current President of Livestock SA, elected in September 2017.

Representing Livestock SA

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

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

John Hassell

John and his wife Michelle run a mixed farming enterprise, comprising cropping and merino ewes, 200km SE of Perth between Pingelly and Wickepin. John has been an active member of WA Farmers for about 15 years at a zone and state level. He was a member of the APVMA advisory board and a member of the board of the CBH group.

Independent Director

Jamie Rowe

Jamie has been involved in the sheep and wool industry his entire life, running the family property in the southern Western Australia. During this time Jamie started a livestock contracting business that has been successfully running for the last 29 years. In 2001, Jamie became an active member of the Livestock Contractors Association, and has been President since 2012. Jamie has been the Livestock Contractors Association representative on the WoolProducers Health and Welfare Advisory Committee since 2016 . In 2010, Jamie and his wife moved to NSW where that purchased a 1600 ha property near Cooma, where together they run a commercial sheep flock.

Independent Director

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