New talent for Australian Beef Industry Foundation board

Laura Cutajar, Alison McIntosh, Renata Paliskis, Nick Sher and Ben Stockwin were recently appointed to the ABIF board.

These additional directors bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the ABIF board and will enhance its ability to deliver on the Australian Beef Industry Foundation’s mission to be recognised as the best provider of pathways to beef industry careers through scholarships and other programs.

The new directors bringing their skills and experience to the board are:

• Laura Cutajar is a meat processing graduate undertaking the grad program through the MLA and is currently working with Teys Australia at Biloela, central Queensland.
• Alison McIntosh is the Cattle Council’s inaugural Rising Beef Industry Champion and has a successful farm support business in Crookwell, NSW. Alison has visited the USA as part of the benefits of winning the award and is now participating in the Australian Rural Leadership Program.
• Renata Paliskis is a beef producer and agribusiness identity with various successful roles in the meat industry in Western Australia.
• Nick Sher from Sher Wagyu is a successful supply chain producer of Wagyu beef and owns a herd of 7,000 cattle to maintain the high standards of beef supplied by his company Beefcorp to local and international customers.
• Ben Stockwin has a passion for delivering rural industries-enriched curricula to primary and secondary school students. He is executive manager of the Primary Industries Education Foundation based in Canberra.

ABIF is particularly pleased to be able to develop a presence in WA through Renata Paliskis, and the board has developed a network in Queensland via Laura Cutajar to be able to provide education opportunities and fundraising in that important beef production state.

In addition to its international scholarships associated with Angus Australia, ABIF is developing scholarships for 18 to 30 year-olds to leadership courses at Marcus Oldham, Geelong and Lincoln College, Christchurch and is currently fundraising and negotiating sponsorships for these and other activities.

Further information about all the ABIF directors is in the About / Our People section of this website.