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MBW Trans-Tasman Virtual Conference

October 26, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Tuesday 26th October, 11:00am – 12:30pm (AEDT) and 1:00pm – 2:30pm (NZT)

MBW Australia and New Zealand will be hosting a free event for members and non-members. Speak and topics include:

  • Laura Ryan: Meat Business Women – Making Global Change
  • Margo Andrae: Nice girls don’t get the corner office – staying true to your path
  • Julia Jones: The true value of collaboration and diversity – how getting a little uncomfortable can ensure you, and the sector, thrives rather than survives

About Laura Ryan

Laura is an expert in building global networks and driving transformational change across the agri-food sector.

She has a First-Class Honours in Marketing and a Masters in Management and has also achieved Chartered Marketer status via the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Up until 2019 Laura was Sector Strategy Director for Beef & Lamb Board at Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and she led the strategic review for the Beef & Lamb sector in England by identifying key challenges and opportunities to deliver long term growth.

Laura has since grown a global portfolio of work across the meat sector through the launch of Lavenpark, her own consultancy business which is working with levy boards, government and commercial companies to achieve greater success through improved industry insight, connectivity, business development, marketing, and communications.

Last year saw her co-found the trailblazing Global Meat Alliance initiative which is on a mission to connect the fragmented global meat industry by sharing the best insight and developing joint programmes to positively impact consumer behaviour worldwide.

Laura is also the founder and Global Chair of Meat Business Women which launched in 2015 and now operates across UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. It is the global professional networking group for women working across the meat industry, assuring the sustainability of the meat sector by attracting and retaining the best possible talent. Meat Business Women has been recognised by the United Nations as one of the solutions to the global Sustainable Development Goals.

About Margo Andrae

Margo joined Australian Pork Limited (APL) on 1 August 2019. Prior to commencing with APL, Margo held positions with Cattle Council of Australia, CSIRO, University of NSW, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation and QLD Local Government. She has extensive experience and networks across primary industries, regional Australia and research environments through these roles.

Margo has extensive experience in stakeholder engagement, marketing, communications, business development, operations and resource management and is currently completing her MBA through the Australian Graduate School of Management, UNSW.

Margo is a Director of Australasian Pork Research Limited (APRIL), a member of Climate Research Strategy for Primary Industries (CRSPI), The Council of Rural Research & Development Corporations (CRRDC) and is a former Director of Agricultural Innovation Australia (AIA).

About Julia Jones

Never really living in the moment but always being excited about the future is what drives Julia Jones. Change is inevitable and she works hard to help others have confidence in navigating an uncertain future.

Her time with KPMG fuelled her passion for understanding global trends and their impact on NZ’s economy. Her role now as the Head of Insight with NZX enables her to provide insight and foresight to support business, our communities and ultimately NZ to keep progressing.

Julia has had a series of highlights over her career which include completing the Harvard Agri Seminar in China, winning the emerging leader scholarship from MPI to attend the Te Hono boot camp at Stanford University, graduating the AWDT Escalator Program, a short stint working in Russia and being appointed to the primary sector council. She works remotely and lives in the Eureka in the Waikato and is very grateful to live in a supportive rural community and with the opportunity to experience the buzz of the city.

Tickets available here

Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) is the exclusive Australian Territory Partner of Meat Business Women.
Meat Industry Association of New Zealand (MIA) and Beef + Lamb New Zealand Inc and Beef + Lamb New Zealand Ltd are the joint New Zealand Territory Partners of Meat Business Women.


October 26, 2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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