Meet Our Staff

Jo Hall- Chief Executive Officer

 

Jo has a passion for the wool industry, having grown up on a wool and beef property in southern NSW, and has spent most of her working life in various facets of the industry.

Jo joined WoolProducers Australia as the Animal Health and Welfare Policy Director in February 2011 and was appointed as CEO in December 2014. Prior to that Jo worked for AgForce Queensland as the Sheep & Wool Policy Director.

 

Jo has represented the wool industry at state, national and international levels throughout her career across a range of issues affecting the industry.

Jo has worked in wool production, on-farm testing and shearing sheds across NSW and has a degree in Agribusiness from the University of Sydney.

Ashley Cooper – Policy Manager

Ashley studied a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Animal Science) at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, which he completed with first class honours. While undertaking his studies, he worked in the AgForce School to Industry Partnership Programme and as a policy officer covering a range of issues, which included Leasehold Lands and State Forest Leases, kangaroos and key sheep and wool industry issues.

Ashley moved to working part-time for AgForce in 2011 when he commenced studying Veterinary Science but decided in 2017 that his passion lay in agricultural policy. He worked as a Policy Officer with GrainGrowers until July 2018, before joining WoolProducers as the organisation’s Policy Manager.

Ashley’s key areas of interest in agricultural policy are animal health and welfare, rural affairs, and farm business and trade.

WoolProducers AGM – New director welcomed

The WoolProducers AGM was held on 14 November, 2019 where new independent director, Mrs Stacey Lugsdin, was welcomed to the WoolProducers board of directors. Mrs Lugsdin is a woolgrower from Hay, NSW and has completed both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Australian Rural Leadership programs.

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New thinking around mulesing is a must if the industry is to retain the practice

WPA reminds growers that haven't yet voted in this year's AWI director elections to make sure have their say. Unless attending the meeting in person, all votes are to be received by AWI by 10am Wednesday 20 November. To seriously address the issues around mulesing, WPA encourages growers to vote for Dr Holmes, Dr Hocking-Edwards and Mr Henderson.

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