Following its Annual General Meeting on 1 December, and subsequent Board Meeting, the Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) is pleased to announce the formation of its new board for the 2023 to 2027 term. The new board members, combining a mix of experienced industry leaders and brilliant new talents, have been elected in alignment with AMIC’s vision for a profitable, viable, and sustainable Australian meat industry. This includes National Processor Council Chair Tom Maguire, National Smallgoods Council Chair Franz Knoll and National Retail Council Chair Robert Constable.

Tom Maguire, Group General Manager at HW Greenham and Sons has been elected Chairperson and brings over 28 years of experience within the meat industry to lead the board. Rob Constable as Deputy Chair, and Franz Knoll, serving as Treasurer, join him in steering the organisation.

“It is an honour to be voted chair of AMIC’s board at such an important time for the meat industry.

“I look forward to working with the new board, National Councils, CEO Patrick Hutchinson and the AMIC team as well as our members to help propel the entirety of Australia’s post-farm gate meat industry forward.” said Mr Maguire.

“The new board is committed to advancing AMIC’s recently adopted strategic goals which will be beneficial to all members whether they make smallgoods, are independent local butchers or are processors and exporters.” said Mr Maguire.

Outgoing Chair, Gary Hardwick, reflected on his tenure over the past four years:

“Leading AMIC on two different occasions, as well as signing the merger agreement forming AMIC 20 years ago, has been a deeply rewarding experience. I am proud of our achievements and confident that the new board will continue to drive the industry forward, addressing both the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.” said Mr Hardwick.

The full board includes:

Tom Maguire – HW Greenham and Sons (Chair)

Robert Constable – Roberts Meats (Deputy Chair)

Franz Knoll – Barossa Fine Foods (Treasurer)

Trevor Hill – Bruces Meats, SA

Peter Stocker – Magnificent Meat Company, WA

Dominick Melrose – Melrose Meats, QLD

Simon Linke – SAMEX, SA

Stacey McKenna – Midfield Group, VIC

Terry Nolan – Nolans Meats, QLD

Emily Pullen – Jims Jerky, QLD

CEO Patrick Hutchinson will work with the new board to focus on actualising the strategic plan’s goals. Key initiatives include advocating for members, enhancing member services, and drive innovation throughout the industry. The board will also prioritise nurturing AMIC’s existing strong relationships across government, industry and the community.

“I am looking forward to working with the new board over the next term as we strive to deliver for and be the voice of our members whilst continuing to show the governments of Australia, our international trading partners’ as well as the wider community the value of the Australian meat industry.

“AMIC wants to ensure that families in Australia and across the world have the opportunity to be served affordable, high quality and sustainable Aussie meat on their plates.” said Mr Hutchinson.



The Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC), is the sole Peak Industry body representing the post-farm gate meat industry, including processors, smallgoods manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors through to independent retail butchers and exporters.

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