Aaco

A world-leading provider of cattle, beef and agricultural products since 1824.

 
  • About Us

AACo's leaders are skilled and passionate about our industry. Each are required to hold themselves accountable for contributing to the success of the Company, to make safety and our people a priority and to work with integrity.

Board of Directors

Donald McGauchie was appointed an Independent Director on 19 May 2010 and subsequently Chairman on 24 August 2010.

Donald McGauchie is a Director of James Hardie SE, Chairman of Nufarm Limited and a Director of GrainCorp Limited. His previous roles with public companies include Chairman of Telstra Corporation Limited, Deputy Chairman of Ridley Corporation Limited, Director of National Foods Limited, Chairman of Woolstock, Chairman of the Victorian Rural Finance Corporation (statutory corporation), and also President of the National Farmers Federation.

During 2011 he retired as a member of the Reserve Bank Board. In 2001 Donald McGauchie was named the Rabobank Agribusiness Leader of the Year, was later awarded the Centenary Medal for services to Australian society through agriculture and business and in 2004 was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.

 

Jason Strong was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in January 2014. He was previously General Manager Marketing.

He has more than 20 years' experience across the beef supply chain, and brings significant industry knowledge and strategic marketing capabilities to AACo.

Jason joined AACo from Meat & Livestock Australia where he was Regional Manager Europe with responsibility for European and Russian markets. 

Prior to the MLA role in Europe he was Head of New Market Development for Pfizer Animal Genetics and Manager of the Meat Standards Australia Grading Services.  Jason owned a stud and commercial cattle property at Gunnedah as well as being an owner and manager of high end butcher shops in Brisbane. 

Jason has been actively involved in broader industry activities as a past Chairman and Director of the Australian Beef Industry Foundation and one of the drivers behind the Intercollegiate Meat Judging program.

Stuart Black was appointed a Director on 5 October 2011. 

Stuart Black has extensive experience in agribusiness. He is a current non-executive Director of NetComm Wireless Limited and a past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia.

He was the inaugural Chair and is a current Board Member of the Australian Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board. Mr Black is the representative of the Australian accounting bodies on the International Federation of Accountants Small Medium Practice Committee, Chairman of the Chartered Accountants Benevolent Fund Limited and a Director of Country Education Foundation of Australia Limited.

In 2012 he was appointed a member of the Order of Australia for services to the profession of accounting, to ethical standards, as a contributor to professional organisations, and to the community.

 

 

Mr. Crombie was appointed a Director on 5 October 2011.

Mr Crombie is a Director of Alliance Aviation Services Limited and Foodbank Queensland Limited. He was a founding Partner and is currently a non-Executive Director of GRM International and he is also a Commissioner of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).

Mr Crombie is the immediate past President of the National Farmers Federation, former Chairman of MLA and a former Director of Grainco Australia, the Meat Industry Council and Export Finance Insurance Corporation.

Mr Crombie operates family properties in southern Queensland; breeding cattle and farming.

 

Mr. Keene was appointed a Director on 5 October 2011.

Mr. Keene has an extensive career in agriculture and is the former Managing Director of Graincorp Limited, where he established the company as a listed entity. He is currently a director of Cotton Seed Distributors Limited* and Midway Limited*.

 

 

Shehan is a senior Managing Director and member of the Board of Directors of the Tavistock Group, a privately held investment company. He has responsibility for portfolio strategy across 200 companies in 15 countries, and is CEO of Tavistock Life Sciences, an operating unit of the Tavistock Group.

Before joining Tavistock Group in 2002, Shehan was a Managing Partner of Arthur Andersen with responsibility for strategy and business planning for the global legal, tax and HR Consulting Divisions of the firm, encompassing 1,600 partners and 15,000 professionals.

Earlier in his career, Shehan was involved in the medical research and technology industries. He holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences from The University of Chicago.

Anthony Abraham was appointed a Director on September 7 2014.

Anthony enjoyed 21 years working with Macquarie Bank where he applied his legal and accountancy training and qualifications in a range of business areas and transactions.

In 2003 Anthony established Macquarie's agricultural funds management business and as the head of this business was responsible for over 3 million hectares of operations in a range of agricultural enterprises including beef production.

Anthony has a range of continuing non-executive directorships with companies within or associated with the Macquarie Group.

Leadership Team

Jason Strong was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in January 2014. He was previously General Manager Marketing.

He has more than 20 years' experience across the beef supply chain, and brings significant industry knowledge and strategic marketing capabilities to AACo.

Jason joined AACo from Meat & Livestock Australia where he was Regional Manager Europe with responsibility for European and Russian markets. 

Prior to the MLA role in Europe he was Head of New Market Development for Pfizer Animal Genetics and Manager of the Meat Standards Australia Grading Services.  Jason owned a stud and commercial cattle property at Gunnedah as well as being an owner and manager of high end butcher shops in Brisbane. 

Jason has been actively involved in broader industry activities as a past Chairman and Director of the Australian Beef Industry Foundation and one of the drivers behind the Intercollegiate Meat Judging program.

Bruce was appointed Company Secretary and Legal Counsel of AACo in 2006. Before joining AACo, he was a partner in a leading law firm, specialising in company and property law, mergers and acquisitions and other commercial contracts.

Bruce has over 18 years experience in legal practice, having practiced in both Queensland and New South Wales. Bruce is an associate member of the Chartered Secretaries of Australia.

Andrew Slatter was appointed Chief Financial Officer in January 2015.

Andrew has more than 25 years' experience in corporate agribusiness across Australia and throughout Asia.  He brings deep expertise in global agri-food supply-chain financing to the company.

Andrew joined AACo from ANZ where he was the Head of Agribusiness, Asia, based in Singapore and accountable for the bank's Institutional portfolio across the region. Prior to this Andrew held senior agribusiness positions within ANZ's Institutional Bank in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and at Orchard Funds Management.  From 1997 to 2002 Andrew worked for Elders Limited in their Risk Management and International Trading divisions and was the Manager of Elders Japan from its inception in 1997 to 2000 where he was responsible for the development of Elders branded beef programs in-country.

Andrew started his career as a Jackeroo in the Riverina district of NSW and is a graduate of Marcus Oldham's Farm Management Diploma.  Andrew holds Masters degrees in Agriculture (Economics) and Applied Finance from Sydney and Macquarie Universities respectively.

Gerard joined AACo in September 2014 as the General Manager of Innovation and Technology, a newly created role responsible for establishing and managing AACo's technology and innovation development and implementation.

Gerard joins AACo from Thermo Fisher Scientific where he led the applied markets commercial team in the Asia Pacific region for the Life Science Solutions Group. This included overseeing business development and projects in the areas of food safety, animal health, human identification and the environment. Prior to that Gerard was a Senior Director in Pfizer Animal Health (now Zoetis) and part of the leadership team for the Animal Genetics business unit.

Gerard was also Managing Director of genomics commercialisation pioneer Genetic Solutions and CEO of Catapult Genetics which was sold to Pfizer in 2008. Gerard has significant experience in innovation, technology development and commercialisation across agribusiness and livestock industries in companies ranging in size from start-up to multi-national. 

Tony Bourke was appointed General Manager of People and Culture in June 2014.

Tony has more than 20 years' experience in Senior HR, Industrial and Employee Relations and OHS roles and brings expertise in organisational change and reform programs for improved stakeholder relationships and organisational sustainability. 

Tony joins AACo from the Australian Red Cross Blood Service where he was the General Manager Operations accountable for all blood service operations in Queensland.

Prior to this Tony held positions of  General Manager Human Resources and General Operations with Myer Direct, the catalogue and on line retail division of Coles Myer Ltd  where he implemented a series of strategic HR solutions for the business including an organisational culture enhancement program and developed business performance metrics and customer service standards. 

Operations Team

Greg joined AACo in December 2002, when AACo purchased Aronui Feedlot. In 2005 he was appointed Group Manager, Breeding Operations and in 2009 was appointed to his current role of General Manager South East Queensland, Wagyu and Feedlots.


Prior to joining AACo, Greg worked at and managed Aronui Feedlot for 15 years and has a wealth of experience in feedlotting and Wagyu breeding, performance and evaluation.


Greg has been a Councillor for three years with ALFA and presently sits on the board of the Australian Wagyu Association.


 

Henry first joined AACo in 1985, with his current role being General Manager, Pastoral, where he is responsible for overseeing the company's Barkly, Victoria River District and Darwin stations.

Henry is passionate about the beef industry and the people who work in it, having worked on cattle properties throughout his career. Prior roles during his 21 years at AACo have included Stockman, Headstockman, Manager and Regional manager across a number of AACo's stations including Canobie, Wondoola, Headingly, Wrotham Park (formerly owned by AACo) and
Brunette Downs.

Henry is an executive of the Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association.

 

Ray Thieme was appointed Regional Manager of North Queensland and the Victoria River Group in February 2014 and currently manages Dalgonally Station. 

Ray joined AACo in December 2010 as Manager of Meteor Downs.

Prior to joining AACo, Ray gained extensive pastoral experience in northern Australia in farming, feedlots and stud cattle.

Ray sits on local Natural Resource Management Committees and many local community organisations and groups. 

Michael Johnson was appointed Regional Manager of the Barkly Group in 2014 and currently manages Brunette Downs station.

Michael joined AACo in February 2010 as Manager of Avon and Austral Down.

Prior to this Michael worked for Stanbroke Pastoral Company where he gained extensive experience in the Australian cattle industry, progressing his career from stockman into management roles across a number of enterprises throughout Northern Australia.

Michael is passionate about northern beef production systems and the development of people within it. He is active in the local community donating time to various community organisations and events.

Michael is an executive of the Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association and also chair of the Barkly Regional Advisory Council.