The Young Livestock Exporters Network (YLEN) has a new look executive leadership team after holding its fourth Annual General Meeting in conjunction with the LIVEXchange conference in Darwin last week.
The new committee will be led by Oliver Thorne from Australian Rural Exports as YLEN chair, with Hugh Dawson returning as vice-chair, new committee members Chloe Grant as treasurer, and Munro Hardy as secretary, and finally Hamish Shannon returning as Office-Bearer.
Over past four years YLEN has grown to represent 300 members from every state and territory in the country, making it one of largest agricultural youth networks in Australia.
Outgoing Chair Kari Moffat reported to members some of the highlights of the year including 140 members participating in several activities funded by a federal grant from FRRR which included:
· The Livecorp Onboard Stockperson Accreditation Training workshop held in Darwin
· Two Mate 2 Manager courses delivered by Jill Rigney
· Webinar: Ernest Hocking (building resilience)
· Webinar: North Australian Climate Program (preparing for drought)
Ms Moffat also made note of major sponsor, Consolidated Pastoral Company who funded the 2022 committee into formal governance training with Esther Price of Bluesee Consultancy.
Newly appointed chair, Oliver Thorne said YLEN is now making tangible contributions to the industry, noting that many of the founding members of YLEN are now in senior representative roles within industry.
“YLENs ability to support the leadership potential of young people from across supply chain is well established and is now the responsibility of the new committee to continue this legacy.”
Mr Thorne also thanked YLEN partners LiveCorp and Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) and sponsorsCultivate Agri, Consolidated Pastoral Company, AUSTREX, BEEFGEN, NLS, Marcus Oldham College, The Right Mind and Kabosh Creative.
The committee will meet again to discuss their 2023 strategy in late November.
The new committee is:
Chair – Oliver Thorne previously worked as an Onboard Stockman, and now works with Australian Rural Exports (AUSTREX) as vessel coordinator, based out of Brisbane.
Vice-Chair – Hugh Dawson previously Head Stockman at Beetaloo Station NT, is now studying a bachelor of Agribusiness at Marcus Oldham College.
Treasurer – Chloe Grant works in operations and logistics in northern live export, based in Darwin.
Secretary – Munro Hardy Co-founder of Mutual Food & Fibre, and has previously worked in Agritech, and as a helicopter mustering pilot.
Office-Bearer – Hamish Shannon, currently Operations Manager for Australian Cattle Enterprises who were recently awarded the Emerging Exporter Award at the NT Chief Minister’s Export Awards.