An enthusiastic finance, economics and beef business specialist, Alison has a life-long interest in agriculture, particularly the cattle industry. Raised on a mixed livestock and cropping farm near Warwick on the Darling Downs, Alison formalised her interest with a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics (UQ) and an MBA (UNE). With 20 years’ experience in business management, Alison estimates she has worked with over 300 farming families.
Predominantly NQ beef operations, many of these families have required business planning and management guidance, financial counselling, applications for finance, feasibility studies, project management, and succession planning advice. In 2016 Alison took on a board position for the RFCSNQ and in 2017, completed the AICD governance and leadership course sponsored by Cattle Council.
Awarded a 2018 Nuffield Scholarship, Alison undertook four months of international travel investigating ‘Better Business Management and Succession Planning in NQ Extensive Family Beef Businesses’, a topic that related to both her family’s Limousin seedstock business at Evelyn, FNQ and the work undertaken in the $avannaPlan-Beef$ense and DAF NextGen mentoring projects.
Alison’s passion to improve the northern beef industry has her currently coordinating the development and piloting of Advancing Beef Leaders, a leadership and professional development program. In the near future, Alison is set to embark on a new phase of her career, simultaneously addressing her travel bucket list, when she begins contributing to an ACIAR project in Vanuatu.