03 Jan 2024
by Meat Business Women

Meat Business Women announces new Territory Partner for Australia

Meat Business Women, the pioneering membership community for women in the global meat industry, is stepping up its presence in Australia with a new three-year partnership with industry affairs specialist Stacey McKenna.

The partnership will commence in January 2024 and will see McKenna, as Australian Chair, deliver partnerships and events for Meat Business Women’s Australian chapter for the next three years. She will be taking over from the Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC), which has acted as Meat Business Women’s territory partner since 2019.

McKenna brings a wealth of experience in the Australian red meat sector. She is currently industry affairs manager for The Midfield Group, a 100% family-owned and operated meat processor and director of Skills Base Australia, a registered training organisation dedicated to upskilling workers across the meat supply chain.

McKenna has recently been appointed to the boards of both the Australian Meat Industry Council and the Australian Meat Processor Corporation. McKenna was instrumental in introducing Meat Business Women to the Australian market in her previous role working with AMIC.

Laura Ryan, chair of Meat Business Women, says: “Stacey is the perfect partner for Meat Business Women as we embark on our next phase of growth in Australia. She is passionate about the red meat sector, with deep knowledge of key industry matters, great contacts across the sector and an impressive track record of industry advocacy.”

Ryan adds: “Stacey’s close involvement with our previous territory partner, AMIC, also ensures there will be continuity for our Australian members and corporate partners. I would like to take this opportunity to thank AMIC for their outstanding work and support over the past four years. In her new, independent role with us, Stacey will have even more scope to partner with a larger range of businesses and build new programmes for our members, backed by dedicated time and investment to grow and deliver Meat Business Women down under.”

Stacy McKenna says: “As a woman in the meat industry, I know how important it is to have a forum to connect with other women in the sector and learn, share and support each other. I am excited to build on Meat Business Women’s existing success in Australia by delivering great-value events for our members and forging even closer relationships with our partners and other industry stakeholders.”

Since launching in Australia in 2019, Meat Business Women has grown rapidly down under with Australian members and corporate partners including Coles, JBS, Australian Pork Council and Sheep Producers Australia.

The first Meat Business Women event McKenna will lead on is the annual Meat Business Women conference in Melbourne on 20th March. Tickets will go on sale this month via www.meatbusinesswomen.org

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