Meat Business Women Australian Launch Event
MC and Speaker profiles
The inaugural Australian Meat Business Women Networking Event is to be held on Wednesday, 3rd April at the Park Royal, Melbourne Airport. The event will be the first of its kind, bringing together women from across the meat supply chain, including processors, wholesalers, retailers and smallgoods manufacturers, to support women in our industry. Meet our MC and speakers for the event below.
Founder, Advancing Women
MC and facilitator for the event
Michelle is the founder of Advancing Women, an enterprise providing research and advisory services on equality, inclusion and gender diversity. She is also the founder of social enterprise and professional
Michelle also facilitates workshops on Advancing Women and Building Leadership Capability, She will be bringing these skills and experience to our Forum.
Learn more about Michelle, Including her achievements at https://michelleredfern.com/
GM, Beef + Lamb New Zealand
Topic: “When you form communities, amazing things happen”
As General Manager of Beef + Lamb New Zealand, Ashley heads the organisation responsible for the promotion of New Zealand beef and lamb on the domestic market, representing farmers, processors and retailers. Her role involves overseeing Retail Meat New Zealand (a member organisation representing the retail meat sector)
Ashley is also Chief Executive of the World Butchers Challenge – a butchery competition of epic proportions often referred to as the ‘Olympics of Meat’.
Ashley has also recently launched the New Zealand chapter of Meat Business Women, which embodies the purpose behind each of the organisations Ashley is involved with – When you form communities, amazing things happen.
CEO, Fletcher International
Topic: “Shifting the dial – Supporting women in regional workforces”
As Chief Executive Officer of Fletcher International Exports, Melissa runs one of Australias largest lamb and sheepmeat processing businesses, with production sites at Dubbo, NSW and Albany, WA.
Melissa is also Deputy Chair of the Australian Meat Processors Corporation (AMPC) – the rural research and development corporation supporting the red meat processing industry throughout Australia.
As a woman with more than 30 years industry experience, and as an Australian of proud aboriginal heritage, she brings a unique perspective to both the meat industry and this event.
MD, OBE Organics
Topic: “The Importance of Meat Business Woman for our Industry”
As Managing Director of OBE Organics, Dalene is driving change, innovation and digital adoption in the Australian beef industry.
Dalene works tirelessly to run a growing, successful farmer-owned business, as well as driving a number of important innovations to improve the sustainability of beef supply chains across the industry.
Dalene is the recent recipient of a number of awards including the Chief Executive Women – Austrade Women in Export Scholarship to Harvard Business School, the Queensland Country Life Beef Achiever of the Year Award (the first woman in
She is also an in-demand speaker, having addressed audiences globally on agribusiness and women in leadership.
Victorian Apprentice of the Year
Topic: “The new generation of butchers”
Despite her heritage, Ashleigh’s parents never expected her to follow in their footsteps. This enabled her to fall naturally into the business and discovered a great aptitude and deep enjoyment in her work.
Ashleigh is a refreshing contradiction to the image of ‘butcher’, with progressive views on ethical meat eating.
Ashleigh brings a fresh focus on young women in the industry, in particular in the retail meat environment.
First Assistant Secretary, DAWR Export
Topic: “Facing the challenges Overcoming Obstacles when pursuing career goals”
Fran is First Assistant Secretary of the Department of Agriculture & Water Resource’s Export Division. Amongst other areas, she is responsible for Australia’s meat, animal products, fish and dairy export certification programs.
Fran’s extensive career in agriculture has seen her in roles such as Minister Counsellor (Agriculture) at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC and Chief Economist at the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE). She also Chaired the OECD Joint Agriculture and Trade Committee.
Fran has also completed the Australian Rural Leadership Program in 2000 and has twice had the distinction of being named in Australias Top 100 Women in Agriculture.
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