Board of Directors

James Kellaway – Board Chairman

james-kellawayJames Kellaway has extensive agribusiness experience in stakeholder relations, business development, product marketing and R&D investment with organisations including the Australian Egg Corporation Limited, where he was Managing Director for 13 years; Horticulture Australia Limited; the former Australian Horticultural Corporation; Meat & Livestock Australia; the former Australian Meat & Livestock Corporation; and the NSW Meat Industry Authority. James has been responsible for implementing marketing, communication, R&D, operations and investor relations programs. These roles had a key focus on delivering commercial results to all company stakeholders and industry constituents.

Committee roles have included Chairman of the National Animal Biosecurity RD&E Strategy; Chairman of the Animal Health Australia Industry Forum; Chairman of the International Egg Commission Marketing Committee; and Chairman of the National Poultry RD&E Strategy.

Hamish Munro

Hamish MunroHamish was elected to the NSW Farmers Cattle Committee and Cattle Council of Australia.

He has been involved in many industry issues, primarily beef marketing and combating the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

In  2005 Hamish traveled to Canada and the United States to study the Canadian cattle traceability system and the American National Animal Identification Scheme and the opportunities and risks involved in the schemes.

In 2008 he traveled to Argentina and Brazil for the World Congress of Young Farmers to examine specific cattle issues.

Melinee Leather


Melinee Leather is a beef producer from Central Queensland where her family operation breeds and finishes cattle for the Organic, EU and PCAS markets. She is passionate about natural pasture fed beef and ensuring the long term sustainability of her properties.

Melinee is currently the Chairperson of the Animal Health Welfare &Biosecurity Committee for Cattle Council Australia.

She has been involved in policy development through Agforce Queensland as a director and Vice President of Agforce Cattle.

In 2014, Melinee travelled to China with the Agforce Cattle Board funded under the Australian China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement Programme. The purpose of this visit was to seek greater engagement with the Chinese beef production sector, identify additional markets for the Queensland livestock industry and understand the appetite for investment in the Queensland cattle sector.

Melinee believes animal welfare and biosecurity are critical to the future of the beef industry.

Kathleen Plowman

kplowmanphoto_2014Kathleen Plowman is the Chief Executive Office of Animal Health Australia (AHA), a position she has held for three years. Prior to this, Kathleen was the General Manager of Policy at Australian Pork Limited, Acting CEO and Policy Director at Pork Council Australia, and Policy Director at Wool Council of Australia. She began her career at the Reserve Bank of Australia and later worked in business management consulting and training in the financial sector. She holds a Bachelor of Economics (hons) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Kathleen is an experienced and successful leader in policy and strategy development and implementation, who finds solutions to difficult issues. A skilled and persuasive communicator and advocate to a wide range of audiences from research providers, producers, NGOs and governments she is able to deliver results in challenging areas by bringing stakeholders on board. Her perseverance, optimistic approach and open mindedness sees her bring new perspectives and find new or better ways of doing things and getting buy in from those that count.

Kathleen is a passionate about making a difference to the prosperity of farmers and the rural and regional communities that rely on them. She also believes in the power of education, and economic empowerment and offering a helping hand to assist those in our society who are less fortunate.

Sharon Starick

sharon-starick2Sharon Starick holds an Honours degree in Agricultural Science. Since 1993, Sharon has been producing grain and pigs in the Mallee region of South Australia. Her extensive knowledge of sustainable primary production was developed through her own on-farm practices and past participation in Mallee Sustainable Farming and the South Australian No-Till Farmers Association.

Through Sharon’s strong interest in policy development and collaboration within Australian agriculture, she currently holds the positions of:

  • Director of Animal Health Australia
  • Chair of the Australian Pork Industry Quality Assurance Program
  • Director Livestock Biosecurity Network

She also has a passion for natural resource management and conservation that is reflected in her Chairing the South Australian Murray–Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board and past membership of the South Australia’s Natural Resources Management Council, the Australian Landcare Council and the Community Advisory Committee for the Murray–Darling Basin Ministerial Council. As a past director of Land & Water Australia and the Grains Research and Development Corporation, Sharon has experience in strategic planning for research and extension.