Meet Our Team

WoolProducers Australia is led by a National Executive made up of woolgrowers from around Australia. Each state farm organisation member is represented on the executive, while another three members are independently elected by the growers Australia-wide.

Democratically elected independent members gives anyone involved with wool growing in Australia the opportunity to be a part of the leadership team. This sets WPA apart from other grower groups and gives it the mantle of the true democratic voice of the Australian wool industry.

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.

Adam Dawes

General Manager

Adam joined WoolProducers Australia in September 2020. Adam grew up on a wool producing property near Yass in New South Wales and studied a Bachelor of Agriculture (Agronomy) at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. Following studies Adam worked for 4 years as an agronomist in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales before moving into the federal Department of Agriculture,  where he worked in various biosecurity and trade related roles.

Adam has recently returned to Australia having spent 4 years working for the Falklands Islands Government Department of Agriculture, initially as the agronomist and subsequently as the Senior Agricultural Advisor. During his time in the Falklands Adam worked with landowners to improve the profitability and sustainability of their largely wool focused production systems. While in the Falkland Islands Adam oversaw the implementation of modern genetic improvement tools (including genomic testing and improved data collection for generating ASBVs), improved wool testing methods to assist in marketing the national clip; he also oversaw the implementation of a number of environmental, business, biosecurity and trade policies.

Adam is keen to contribute to the long-term sustainable growth of the Australian wool industry through informed investment in research and development, maintenance of benchmark animal welfare standards, sustainable environmental management, developing consumer awareness and advocacy for what is nothing short of the greatest natural fibre in the world. 

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Board directors

Edward Storey

President (Independent)

Edward, 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.

Glen Tilley

Livestock SA

Glen is a fifth-generation farmer in the Tarlee-Kapunda district. Over the past 25 years he has had a strong interest in the livestock industry, particularly the sheep industry. During this time, he chaired the Lower North Lamb Group; Milk-Fed Lamb Group; SA Lamb Development Team and the Producer Advisory Panel of SheepConnect SA. Glen joined Livestock SA as a Director in 2021.

Representing Livestock SA

Steve McGuire

WA Farmers

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 WoolProducers 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

Stacey Lugsdin

Independent Director

Stacey is a commercial wool producer from Hay in south western NSW.  Stacey manages the family’s self-replacing Merino enterprise which averages 19-20 micron.  Stacey’s husband Ian and their six children are all involved in various parts of the family businesses: Lugsdin Farming, Lugsdin Toyota and Hay Motors.  Stacey has a passion for genetic improvement in their flock to produce a product that is sustainable both economically and environmentally for future generations.

Independent Director

Steve Harrison

Vice President (Independent)

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.

Matt Bartlett

AgForce Queensland

Matt is a third generation wool producer based near Gore in South East Queensland. Together with his parents, David and Sandy and his wife, Jessica and daughter, Sarah they run 18,000 17-19 micron merino wethers. Carrying a business degree and joining WoolProducers from AgForce Queensland’s Sheep and Wool Board, Matt is passionate about wool and is looking forward to what the future holds for the industry.

Representing AgForce Queensland

John Hassell

Independent Director

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

Health and Welfare Committee

Helen Cathles

Australian Superfine Wool Growers Association (ASWGA)

Sam Stephens

Australian Wool Growers Association (AWGA)

Rob Suter

Australian Veterinary Association – Sheep Vets Special Interest Group

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