Simon Gleeson, General Manager
The Droughtmaster Society Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Gleeson as its new General Manager, effective 7 October 2019.
Mr Gleeson has nearly 20 years’ experience in agriculture, finance, commercial and corporate strategy, natural resources, membership-based organisations and sports administration. He has worked both in Australia and the United Kingdom in a variety of roles and sectors and is currently a director of the Brisbane Racing Club which is undergoing a significant transformation. During his career, he has held positions with the North Australian Pastoral Company, Australian Agricultural Company, Arrow Energy, Global Strategies Group, Anglo American, Economic Associates and Barclays Global Investors.
His agricultural experience stems from his childhood when he grew up in Charleville and his family were heavily involved with horses and cattle. His grandfather, Ian Clarke owned a Devon Stud at Chinchilla and was president of the Devon Society for a number of years. More recently, his family currently own and operate a thoroughbred stud at Chinchilla, selling yearlings to the commercial market. Following his senior education at Brisbane Grammar School, Mr Gleeson completed a degree in Agricultural Economics at the University of Queensland.
Announcing the appointment, Droughtmaster Society President, Todd Heyman said Mr Gleeson has the credentials and broad experience for the role and importantly a genuine passion and understanding of the Droughtmaster breed and for the agricultural sector.
“We did a nationwide search, to have someone of Mr Gleeson’s calibre lead the Droughtmaster Society and to promote and grow our breed both domestically and internationally is very exciting”.
Reflecting on his appointment, Mr Gleeson said he was honoured to be associated with a very well-known cattle breed which has a proud history dating back around 80 years. A breed that was developed in Australia to suit the Australian environment.
“Agriculture and more specifically the cattle industry are the life blood of Australia and I am fully aware of the social and financial impacts the industry can have on families, communities and the broader economy”.
“I am proud to lead a team that will work with the Board to set targets and meet objectives”, he added.
“My priority is to work with the members and the Board to create a strategic plan that will grow and promote the Droughtmaster breed, improve member engagement, encourage participation of younger generations, identify operational efficiencies and create alternative revenue streams. Importantly, I will also facilitate lasting relationships that will allow the Society to be self-sustaining into the future”.
Droughtmaster Society President, Todd Heyman said it is a new chapter and we are ready to embrace the change and the challenges.
Leigh Eleison, Office Manager
Leigh commenced with the Society in January 2006, during her time at the Society, Leigh has had the ability to experience a wide variety of roles on offer from Registrar, Accounts and Admin and has now taken on the role of Office Manager.
Leigh is a qualified Equine Nurse.
Toni Franklin, Accounts Officer
Toni commenced with the Society in September 2013. Toni comes from a highly extensive finance background, working for one of the major Australian banks for over 15 years. During Toni's time at the Society she has implemented a number of accounting practices ensuring that members are updated with their accounts in a timely fashion.
Toni has a property in the Ipswich region where she runs a few head of cattle and horses.
Anne-Maree Elliott, Registrar
Anne-Maree is the newest member of our team, commencing in 2019. Anne-Maree has worked for a legal centre for the past 18 years and brings with her a wealth of computer skills. Anne-Maree runs a small herd of cattle of her property 25 minutes from the Society office.
Paul Williams, Technical Officer
Paul Williams is a full time Technical Officer for Tropical Beef Technology Services (TBTS). Paul commenced employment with TBTS in February 2012. Paul was initially based in Armidale for intensive training at ABRI before being relocated to the Rockhampton office at Brahman House in July 2012.
Paul was born and raised on a dairy/ beef property in the upper Brisbane River District in South East Qld. After finishing his studies at Queensland Agricultural College, Paul worked on the family property for 4 years.
Following this, Paul worked for CSIRO as a Technical Officer for 22 years. Originally Paul was based in Brisbane where he worked on a variety of areas including IVF in cattle, transgenics and on Arbovirus vectors.
Between 1996 and 2011, he was based in Rockhampton and worked on a project within the Beef CRC. His main responsibilities involved running and assisting in all aspects of research projects focused on beef production in Northern Australia. This included performing ultrasound scanning on beef cattle for carcase and fertility traits and undertaking artificial breeding programs. He was firstly involved on the Northern Crossbreeding Project at ‘Duckponds’ looking at meat quality in CRC I. His work continued to CRC II and III where he specialised in ovarian and carcase scanning, studying genetic links between meat quality, adaptation and heifer puberty. In CRC III, he continued scanning the cows over six matings to study lifetime reproductive performance.
Tim Emery, Technical Officer
Roma based Beef Extension Officer, Tim Emery, has joined the Tropical Beef Technology Services team on a three year secondment from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Tim commenced employment with TBTS in late February 2017.
Tim studied a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at The University of Queensland and during his time at university he undertook a 16 week internship at Swan’s Lagoon Beef Cattle Research Station near Ayr and work experience with CSIRO. He graduated in 2008 and was then appointed as a Beef Extension Officer at Roma in early 2009, where he has worked for the last eight years.
Tim has considerable experience and expertise in beef genetics, having been involved in the Beef CRC Champions Program as a “Genomics Champion” and more recently the Next Gen Beef Breeding Strategies Project and the current “Repronomics” Project being conducted with Brahman, Droughtmaster and Santa Gertrudis cattle.
In recent years he has delivered numerous breeding and genetics presentations over a wide area of Queensland, from Malanda in the north to Gympie in the east and Thargomindah in the west, as part of field days, workshops and the Grazing Best Management Practice (BMP) program.
Tim sat on the Future Farmers Network Board of Directors for six years and has twice been named as a finalist in the Emerging Leader Award at the Queensland Red Meat Awards. In addition, he has been on the organising committee of the widely recognised Young Beef Producers’ Forum (YBPF) in Roma for the last seven years. He is also involved in the family beef business at Wallumbilla and has his own small herd.
In his new role with TBTS, Tim will work widely with both commercial and seedstock producers in northern Australia with the goal of increasing the adoption of BREEDPLAN and its associated technologies. He will continue to be based in Roma.