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Board of Directors

The Sheep CRC Board of Directors comprises a non-executive Chairman and eight non-executive members elected by the Members of the Sheep CRC Company. The Board are accountable to the Members and Participants for the performance of the Company and their responsibilities include:

  • setting the Company's strategic direction and monitoring its implementation;
  • ensuring the Company adheres to high standards of ethical and corporate behaviour;
  • setting the Delegations of Authority for Management in relation to approval limits on expenditure, entering contracts or raising commitments;
  • ensuring there are appropriate risk management, internal control and regulatory compliance policies and procedures;
  • approving key Company policies and monitoring compliance; and
  • providing transparency and accountability to the Members and Participants.

Board Members

Dr John Keniry AM - Chair

Dr John Keniry AM has served as Chairman or Director of numerous agribusiness companies in Australia and New Zealand and on the Boards of Government organisations at State and Federal level. He is a Fellow of The Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. He is presently also Chairman of the Pork CRC, The Australian Farm Institute, The Australian Wool Exchange and The Sydney Institute of Marine Science. He is a past member of the Board of Innovation Australia and of the Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council.

John Lewis - Member

John Lewis has had 40 + years experience in the wool and processing industries and until recently was head of the AWTA Product Testing Division. John retired from his role at AWTA in June 2012. He is a Director of Australian Wool Education Trust (AWET), a recently retired Director of Jin Ao Testing Company in China and past Chairman of the Federation of Australian Wool Organisations.

Stuart Mitchell - Member

Stuart is a commercial wool and sheep producer from Bollon in Queensland. He has extensive experience in commercial sheep production systems and a good understanding of the value and practical application of the research outcomes expected from the CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation. Previously Stuart has been a member of the Australian Wool Innovation Sustainable Production Systems Advisory Panel, the Falkiner Memorial Field Station Advisory Panel, the Bestprac National Steering Committee and the Woolmark Company’s Pastoral Zone Advisory Committee. Stuart was also a Director of the Kondinin Group and runs an Australian Merino Sire Evaluation Association (AMSEA) project on his property at Bollon.

Kate Joseph - Member

Kate Joseph runs a specialist prime lamb operation, turning off approximately 1,600 sucker lambs annually. Kate has strong ties within the sheepmeat industry through her work on several committees and industry Boards and is immediate past President of Sheepmeat Council of Australia. Kate currently holds the positions of Councillor, Sheepmeat Council of Australia and Co-ordinator, Bestwool/Bestlamb.

Professor John Gibson - Member

John Gibson brings over 30 years experience and international recognition in a wide range of disciplines relevant to the CRC for Sheep Industry innovation, including genetics, genomics, farming systems, livestock nutrition and economics of livestock production. He is currently Professor and Director at the Centre for Genetic Analysis and Applications at The University of New England (Armidale, NSW). John also holds the following directorships: Director, Centre for Genetic Analysis and Application, UNE; Director, Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit; Director, i2A Centre; Member, Scientific Advisory Council, International Livestock Research Institute

Rob Egerton-Warburton - Member

Rob runs a Merino sheep and cropping enterprise in Kojonup, Western Australia. Rob is actively involved in on-farm research and development in both livestock and cropping systems. In 2010 Rob was awarded an Australian Nuffield Scholarship to study the interaction of livestock pasture systems and cropping and improved pathways for sheep genetics. Rob is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Rabobank Executive Development Program. Other Directorships include Merinotech Pty Ltd and Chair of the Western Australian Sheep Industry Leadership Council.

Peter Trefort - Member

Peter manages his family's property at Narrogin, Western Australia. He has over 40 years' experience in sheep and cattle production as well as management across the supply chain. He has worked extensively developing on-farm and processing R&D strategy with the Dept of Agriculture & Food (WA), University of Western Australia and Murdoch University. Peter has been successful in developing and commercialising an innovative new range of lamb cuts to extend markets both domestically and internationally. He is currently a Member of Hillside Meats, Elderstone Nominees Pty Ltd, WA Q Lamb and Meat & Livestock Australia.

Phillip Rose - Member

Phillip Rose is a Chartered Accountant with over 35 years experience in a large rural practice. He has lectured extensively to residential courses at UNE in taxation and estate planning. As a Director of ABS Building Society Ltd for 17 years he served on the Audit Committee, Risk Committee and was involved in due diligence and risk evaluation processes. Together with Julia, he conducted the Carwell Poll Dorset Stud, participating in central breeding schemes and progeny tests and an original supporter of the NSW Meat Sheep Testing Service and LAMBPLAN. For six years he was a Councillor of the Australian Poll Dorset Association and for three years served on the LAMBPLAN Committee. He qualified as a woolclasser in 1964 and currently runs a small farm east of Armidale.

Dr Ian Johnsson - Member

Ian Johnsson is a rural RD&E management consultant, having held positions such as General Manager for on-farm RD&E investment in both Meat & Livestock Australia and Australian Pork Ltd since 2000.  Ian has over 25 years experience in managing national RD&E programs, including two years in the USA as a technology scout, following livestock research experience in the SA Dept of Agriculture, CSIRO and 5 years with the Agriculture and Food Research Council in the UK.  Ian was a Board Member of the Animal Biosecurity CRC for Emerging Infectious Disease (2004-6) and whilst with MLA devoted much time to "cross-sectoral matters" such as guiding the development of livestock strategies under the National RD&E framework and chairing the steering committee for the Climate Change Research Strategy for Primary Industries. Ian is a graduate of Rural Science, UNE, holds a PhD from Univ Reading (UK) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.