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 – General 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, wild dogs and key sheep and wool industry issues.

Ashley moved to working part-time for AgForce in 2011 when he commenced studying Veterinary Science. However, on recognising his passion lay in agricultural policy, Ashley withdrew from these studies in 2017. He then 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, biosecurity, rural affairs, farm business economics, and trade.

WoolProducers recipient of traceability grant

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Submission on version 2 of the Certification Trade Mark Rules – Application No 1914662 – lodged by Humane Farm Animal Care

WoolProducers recommends that the ACCC do not approve the application from Humane Farm Animal Care to register the Certification Trade Mark no. 1914622 (HFAC CTM).

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