APRIL Board Members

Chairman

Mr Dennis Mutton BSc.(Hons), Grad Dip Mgt, JP, FAICD, FAIM – Independent Chairman

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Mr Mutton is an experienced Board Chair and Director and an Independent consultant in resource planning and development, leadership, strategic management and regional development. He is Chair of SA Dairy Industry Fund and Pork CRC Ltd. He is also a Commissioner, Development Assessment Commission of SA and Director of Duxton Water Ltd. He is the previous Chair of the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation and the Council of Rural R&D Corporations. He has had a distinguished career in the South Australian Public Service and industry including as Chief Executive of Primary Industries and Resources SA and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Board Members

Professor Robert van Barneveld B.Agr.Sc. (Hons), PhD, RAnNutr, FAICD

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Professor Robert van Barneveld is Group CEO and Managing Director of Sunpork Group of Companies, which includes Sunpork Farms, Sunpork Fresh Foods, Swickers Kingaroy Bacon Factory and Sunpork Solutions. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Ridley Corporation, Deputy Chair of Autism CRC Ltd, Chairman of Social Skills Training Pty Ltd and a Director of Roseworthy Piggery Pty Ltd. He is a former Director of Australian Pork Ltd and Porkscan Pty Ltd. He has a PhD in pig nutrition and has worked as a consultant scientist and nutritionist in Australia and overseas for the past 20 years.

Ms Edwina Beveridge B.Com, GAICD

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Ms Beveridge is a pork producer from Young, NSW. She has significant industry involvement through the NSW Farmers Pork Committee, representing other farmers as an APL Delegate and on the APL Board, and as a member of the NSW Primary Industries Ministerial Advisory Committee. She has worked full-time in pig production since 2000, and operated a business with her husband since 2007. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney and is qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

Dr Mel Bridges BAppSc, PhD, FAICD

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Mel has over 30 years’ experience building successful, international lifescience, diagnostic and medical device companies and commercialising a wide range of Australian technology. He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Doctorate from the Queensland University of Technology. Mel is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and is also on their Council. Mel is responsible for numerous commercial and M&A transactions and liquidity events exceeding $1 billion. He has raised over $400 million in biotech investment capital.
Mel has received numerous prestigious national and state business awards including the 2005 AusBiotech Chairman’s Industry Medal and 2004 Queensland Entrepreneur of the Year. Mel has successfully founded and exited veterinary and human lifescience companies, including the recent sale of Peptech Animal Health to Virbac in 2011, and Catapult Genetics to Pfizer Animal Health in 2008.
Mel is currently Chairman and CEO of Anatara Lifesciences Ltd (ASX:ANR), a director of ASX100 company ALS Ltd (ASX:ALQ) , and Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Oventus Medical Ltd (ASX:OVN).

Professor John Pluske BSc (Agric) (Hons), PhD (UWA), RAnNutr 

PluskeJohn170Professor John Pluske is located at Murdoch University. He is a nutritional digestive physiologist with particular expertise in the nutrition and growth and development of the young and growing pig. He has extensive managerial experience in the university environment

Mr Kenton Shaw BAppSci, GradDip ManMgt

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Kenton is currently General Manager – Agricultural Operations for Rivalea Australia, having held the role since 2007. A graduate of University of Queensland, Kenton has had over 28 years’ experience in the pig industry working across all areas of production including feedmilling. He is a member of the Victorian Farmers Federation Pork Committee and an Australian Pork Ltd delegate. While responsible for all pig production, feed milling, environmental management and agriculture at Rivalea, a major focus is on implementing sustainable production systems that enhance animal welfare & meet the needs of the public while ensuring long-term viability of the organisation & industry.

Mr Andrew Spencer BAgSc (Melb), GAICD

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Andrew has been CEO of Australian Pork Limited since July 2005.
Prior to 2005, Andrew worked over a period of ten years in France, South Africa and Germany in the agricultural biotechnology, seeds and chemicals business. He commenced his career in Australia in marketing and product management in the agricultural chemicals business sector after completing his studies in the mid 80’s. Through his tenure with APL, he has helped to work the industry through significant challenges, including the 2009 ‘Swine Flu’ pandemic, large increases in imported pork volumes into Australia and a profitability crisis in 2007/08.
Andrew has an Agricultural Science degree from Melbourne University and is a director of the Australian Farm Institute, Pork CRC Ltd and PorkScan Pty Ltd.  Andrew is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders.