Executive Team

Patrick Hutchinson
CEO

Patrick has been working within the Australian meat and livestock industry for most of his life. From operating a family cattle breeding and feeding business through to developing ..
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Patrick Hutchinson, CEO

Patrick has been working within the Australian meat and livestock industry for most of his life. From operating a family cattle breeding and feeding business through to developing training programs for Livestock Agents, managing infrastructure systems in feedlots and saleyards in Australia, the USA and Canada, and working within the Australian live export industry.

Patrick started as a project officer with the Australian Meat Council on the same day a restructured red meat industry commenced, on 1 July 1998. Working with some of Australia’s major meat companies, Patrick formed alliances through advocacy on all issues relating to livestock. Patrick was then asked to head up the first iteration of integrity systems at Meat & Livestock Australia, in 2003. There he designed, developed and delivered some of Australia’s major livestock integrity programs, including livestock production insurance (LPA), national vendor declaration‘s (NVD), and the national livestock identification system (NLIS).

In 2011 he launched an Agricultural advisory business, including working for MLA in implementing new welfare and livestock management systems in Australian live export destinations throughout Southeast Asia. In 2014 he went back into commercial agribusiness, heading up the ITS global group. This innovative systems company included businesses in USA and Canada, with the Canadian software business handling data for over 1 million cattle in Canadian feedlots. In 2016 he came back to where it all begun with AMIC, firstly as GM Processing, and then on 1 July 2017 as CEO.

Dr Mary Wu
General Manager
Processing and Export

Mary heads up the Processor group, supporting members across processors; boning rooms; cold stores; and non-packer exporters. The team represents member interests across ..

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Dr Mary Wu, General Manager – Processing and Export

Mary heads up the Processor group, supporting members across processors; boning rooms; cold stores; and non-packer exporters. The team represents member interests across a diverse portfolio of industry matters, ranging from livestock policy and issues management (including animal biosecurity, traceability, and welfare) through to on-plant operations, product integrity, food safety, industry standards, regulatory affairs, and trade and market access.

Mary has a degree in Veterinary Science and post-graduate tertiary qualifications in public administration. Mary has worked on meat industry matters since 2009, predominantly in senior market access roles in the Commonwealth Government, prior to joining AMIC in 2017. Mary has represented Australia in international forums, including as a delegate at the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and has served in Ministerial appointments on statutory committees.

Oliver Stankovski
General Manager
Smallgoods and Project Services

Oliver heads up the Smallgoods sector along with managing the Project Services portfolio which provides project and reporting oversight for AMIC’s industry grants programs..

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Oliver Stankovski, General Manager – Smallgoods and Project Services

Oliver heads up the Smallgoods sector along with managing the Project Services portfolio which provides project and reporting oversight for AMIC’s industry grants programs and industry partner program. Oliver has over 20 years’ experience within business services and has worked on meat industry matters since 2014, predominantly in SME retail and prior to joining AMIC, represented SME retailers working for the peak industry association for newsagents.

With a degree in Business Management and Advanced Diploma in Sales Management, Oliver is specialised in delivering administrative and membership support services to maximise efficiencies and organisational standards in association management. 

Stuart Fuller
General Manager
Retail Business

Stuart heads up the Retail group, with State Managers, Member Relationship Officers and a Retail Services and Event Coordinator, working across the various states, to provide services

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Stuart Fuller, General Manager – Retail Business

Stuart heads up the Retail group, with State Managers, Member Relationship Officers and a Retail Services and Event Coordinator, working across the various states, to provide services and value to our retail members, the Independent Local Butcher. The Retail team promote the importance and value of the Independent Local Butcher across Australia, attracting youth to be a part of the industry, and work with AMIC’s National Retail Council and State Councils to ensure strong representation on policy development, reform and transformation.

Stuart has over 15 years’ experience in membership operations which included marketing, events, advertising, and business development. Previous sectors include retail, sport, and community. He has delivered digital transformation projects and integrated marketing campaigns. His previous roles include Instore Communications and Go to Market with Coles; Advertising and Creative Executive with Melbourne Racing Club; and Database Marketing, Merchandise and Membership Operations with Essendon Football Club.

Catharine Heffernan
General Manager
Communications

Catharine heads up the Communications team, working closely with all GMs to communicate key activities and projects to members. Catharine joined AMIC in July 2020 and is responsible

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Catharine Heffernan, General Manager – Communications

Catharine heads up the Communications team, working closely with all GMs to communicate key activities and projects to members. Catharine joined AMIC in July 2020 and is responsible for all member communications, media, brand, marketing, social media, and digital platforms.

Catharine has over 30 years’ experience in corporate communications. Her expertise includes strategy, project management, media relations, PR, social and digital media, and publication development. Industry experience includes agriculture and irrigation sector, government, security, insurance, automotive, technology, and medical industries. She lived and worked in the Murray-Riverina, from 2010 to 2017, supporting government lobbying communications for Murray Irrigation during the development of the Murray Darling Basin Plan; was the communications lead for multi-million-dollar government funded programs – Private Irrigators Infrastructure Operators Program (PIIOP) and On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program (OFIEP); and then headed to Leeton, working with PR Agency Sauce Communications, with agricultural clients across rural and regional Australia, including SunRice.

Catharine is also Chair, Meat Business Women – Australia Committee.

Stacey McKenna
General Manager
Workforce Services

Stacey heads up the Workforce Services team, who provide advice and representation for members on a wide range of human resource and industrial relations matters..

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Stacey McKenna, General Manager – Workforce Services

Stacey has spent her career in the meat industry including roles in processing, retail, and smallgoods manufacturing organisations prior to joining AMIC in 2017. Stacey is highly credentialed, with broad meat industry experience in human resources, training and development, industrial relations and occupational health and safety. Stacey holds qualifications in human resources, occupational health and safety, meat technology and agribusiness.

Stacey has extensive experience in recruitment programs including training and skills assessments, has a sound understanding of the Meat Industry Award (MIA) and has managed workforces working under the MIA and also under EBA’s.

Stacey is currently the deputy chair of the Skills Impact Meat Industry Reference Committee and is a committee member of Meat Business Women (MBW), Stacey was instrumental in bringing MBW to Australia through an AMIC partnership in 2018.

Michael Mulder
General Manager
Finance and Administration

Michael has a career as a finance professional that spans over 30 years. A graduate of the University of South Australia, the Australian Institute of Company Directors..

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Michael Mulder, General Manager – Finance and Administration

Michael has a career as a finance professional that spans over 30 years. A graduate of the University of South Australia, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Fellow CPA he started his career in Audit with Duesburys, then several years with Finlaysons Commercial Lawyers. Moving from professional services into the private sector he worked on high profile SA property developments with the Kinsmen Group.

Working for another private family in an electronics FMCG led to establishing a wine label (Anvers) that brought him to the attention of Beringer Blass Wine Estates, part of ASX top 50 Fosters Ltd, where he held a global finance role before migrating to Sydney. The pre-GFC years were a succession of senior roles in listed software businesses (Citect, Cognos, BlueFreeway) where restructuring of systems and processes were implemented to deliver synergies upon ultimate sale. A passion for property saw Michael move into the industry advocacy space with the Property Council of Australia as CFO and CoSec, where he served for several years. Working as a consultant to various clients, and as CFO to the Printing Industries Association, has Michael placed well to continue to add value to AMIC.