Donald McGauchie


AO, FAICD (Non-executive Chairman)

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

Donald McGauchie is the 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.

Anthony Abraham


BEc LLB (Accountancy and Law)

Anthony Abraham was appointed a Director on 7 September, 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.

Stuart Black


AM, FCA, FAICD, BA (Accounting)

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. Stuart 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.

David Crombie


AM, BEcon (UQ)

David Crombie was appointed a Director on 5 October 2011.

David 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).

David 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.

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

Dr Shehan Dissanayake



Shehan Dissanayake 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.

Tom Keene



Tom Keene was appointed a Director on 5 October 2011.

Tom 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 the former Chairman of Allied Mills Limited and Grain Trade Australia Limited. Tom is currently a director of Cotton Seed Distributors Limited and Midway Limited.

In 2007 Tom was the recipient of the NAB Agribusiness Leader of the Year Award.

Neil Reisman



Neil Reisman was appointed a director on 10 May 2016 and will stand for election as a Director at the Company’s Annual General Meeting in July 2016. Mr Reisman is a Managing Director and member of the Board of Directors of the Tavistock Group. Since joining the firm in 2004, he has held multiple roles including chairing Tavistock Group’s Investment Committee and having the general counsel and Chief Financial Officer report into him.

Neil spends most of his time working with portfolio companies within the Tavistock Group. He has more than 30 years of business experience with emphasis on operations, legal, tax and finance. Previously, Neil worked at various multinational companies, including Arthur Andersen and Amoco Corporation. He received his juris doctor in 1986 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his bachelors of science in Accountancy in 1983 from the University of Illinois.

During the past three years Neil has not served as a Director of any other listed company.

Jason Strong

Managing Director

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.