Our People

Our team of directors are some of the beef industry’s most accomplished and recognized. They are committed and passionate about our charter to attract, educate and retain young people in all aspects of the beef supply chain.

The current board of directors is:

John Gunthorpe, Chairman CPA BCom DipEd CTA

John Gunthorpe has significant experience in the agribusiness sector having previously been CEO of Australian Poultry (Steggles), Australia Meat Holdings and the Meat Division of Elders IXL Limited.

John is past president of the Agribusiness Association of Australia and a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Consultative Committee on APEC.

He is passionate about the beef industry and education. Mentoring of young people to achieve their ambitions in the beef supply chain is critical to the future success of our industry and John’s membership of ABIF aims to assist in this objective.

Daryl Schipp, Treasurer BEcon

Darryl Schipp webBorn and educated in Wagga Wagga, Daryl, together with his wife Patricia and three children run the well known Doodle Cooma Poll Hereford and Schipps Red Angus Beef Cattle Studs on 1200 ha in the Wagga district. Daryl has a Bachelor of Economics Degree, works as a part-time teacher in agribusiness at Wagga TAFE, is a Royal Show judge and has been Federal President of the Red Angus Society of Australia and Chairman of regional Poll Hereford committees.


Ben Stockwin BEd MAICD

Ben Stockwin is passionate about educating our students about Australia’s primary industries sector and the exciting career opportunities available. Ben has been a teacher in Queensland and Tasmania for 15 years including 8 years as a school principal.

His current role is as executive manager of the Primary Industries Education Foundation, the peak body for primary industries education in Australian schools.

Ben is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Council of Education Leaders.

Penny Schulz BAg MScAg GrCertAgr

Penny Schulz webPenny and her husband Jason run the family farm business in South Australia’s Upper South East region, in conjunction with mother-in-law, Joanne. Their beef and sheep operation consists of a stud beef operation and also produces first cross ewe lambs. Penny also works off-farm providing agricultural project management, facilitation, delivery and consultation services, to the dairy, beef and sheep industries.

Penny was the recipient of the 2014 South Australian RIRDC Rural Woman of the Year as well as the ANZ ABIF Scholarship to attend the Kellogg Rural Leadership Program in New Zealand. Both awards have and will continue to provide incredible opportunities that will enable her to further develop her leadership skills and build networks and contacts to last a lifetime.

Penny endeavours to get involved in the industry past her own farm gate including being a member of the Livestock SA Board and a now a director of the Australian Beef Industry Foundation (ABIF).

Bronwyn Roberts DipAg DipCLM

Bron webBronwyn has committed her life to the beef industry, as a farmer, Grazing Land Management Officer and as an advocate for the sector. She has applied this passion to help develop her family’s beef enterprise in Central Queensland, by working with other farmers in her role as Grazing Land Management Officer with Fitzroy Basin Association and in the community as an Art4Agriculture Target 100 Beef Young Farming Champion. Bronwyn is currently using her profile as a Beef YFC to take the messages about the importance of the cattle industry and sustainable agricultural production out to audience’s right around the country.

Bronwyn was awarded the 2013 Queensland Red Meat Industry Emerging Leader Award in recognition of her contribution to the sector, and was named as one of the inaugural Fairfax Media and Emerald Grain 100 Women in Australian Agribusiness. Bronwyn is in it for the long haul having invested so much of herself in representing the industry to urban audiences. Where ever you find her – in the paddock, the classroom or presenting at conferences she will be living and breathing her commitment to the beef industry, natural resource management and sustainable agriculture.