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.

Pre-Budget Submission 2020-21

WoolProducers' Pre-Budget Submission 2020-21 focuses on representing the needs of woolgrowers to Treasury across the areas of market access, drought, biosecurity, environment, freight and transport infrastructure, telecommunications, business viability, workforce and rural research, development and extension services.

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Submission to the Senate Select Committee on Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology

FinTech, RegTech and AgTech provide substantial opportunities for Australia’s wool industry through digital and financial innovations that could lead to transformational efficiencies for businesses throughout the wool industry pipeline. WoolProducers supports the opportunities outlined in the issues paper for Australia to prepare for and take advantage of potential benefits that can be achieved through opportunistic approaches to development of these technologies. These opportunities may be either incremental or transformational in nature, and will require sufficient support so that industry can reap the rewards of positive innovation in X-Tech.

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