Our Staff

Kat Giles

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Kat Giles was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the former Sheepmeat Council of Australia in January 2014, and now works with the SPA Board, staff and industry stakeholders toward its vision and business strategy.

She oversees SPA’s five committees and guides the organisation’s activities in six key strategic areas – improving sheep health and welfare, securing markets, guaranteeing product integrity, driving innovation, building industry capability and influencing business outcomes.

She was appointed CEO after serving as Senior Policy Advisor in Animal Health and Welfare from 2011-2013 and has extensive experience in working with industry stakeholders and providing leadership to achieve outcomes in the best interests of the industry.

Dr Giles grew up in regional Australia and studied veterinary science. She holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from Murdoch University, Western Australia, and a Post-Graduate degree in Ruminant Nutrition from University of Sydney. She is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Ruminant Nutrition and has completed her Certificate IV in Training, Assessment and Evaluation at Tocal College.

As a veterinarian, she worked extensively in rural South Australia and Victoria, focusing on livestock production, and following her graduation, worked with the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Services as a scholarship recipient where she gained an understanding of the broader issues facing Australian disease management and prevention.

Contact Kat via email [email protected]

John McGoverne

Policy Director

John joined SPA as Policy Director in June 2016. He was previously policy analyst with Australian Pork Limited, where he coordinated the development of the Australian Pork Industry Business Export Plan and represented pork industry policy interests in trade, competition policy, biosecurity, workforce productivity and natural resource management.

Prior to this, he spent six years with the Department of Agriculture in Canberra, working in sustainable agriculture and drought and exceptional circumstances, ensuring effective delivery of drought assistance measures. John’s qualifications include a Masters of Environmental Management from Charles Sturt University and an Associate Diploma of Farm Management from the former Orange Agricultural College.

John has extensive practical experience in the livestock industry, managing multiple grazing properties over 15 years. This involved increasing the productive capacity of the business through integrating purchased properties into the business and redeveloping rundown properties to be profitable contributors. He was also station hand and stockman in north Queensland.

For SCA, John has principle policy responsibility for product integrity, including biosecurity and traceability.

Contact John via email [email protected]

Stephen Crisp

Sheep Health and Welfare Policy Manager

Stephen joined SPA in July 2017 after previously working as Agribusiness Manager at the Australian Food and Grocery Council where he managed policy issues that affected the agribusiness sector. These mainly centred on free trade agreements and major infrastructure policy.

Prior to this, he spent three years with the Australian Agricultural Company (AACO), where he set up the logistics operations for the new abattoir at Darwin, while also managing the Wagyu and grain fed shipments (air and sea freight) across the globe. The majority of Stephen’s working life has involved working for abattoirs or shipping lines, managing export supply chains for agriculture-based production.

Stephen’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics (Hons) from the University of New England, as well as holding a licence as a Non-Packer Exporter. He also has a background in the livestock industry, having recently returned to the family sheep and cattle enterprise near Yass in New South Wales. This mixed enterprise is based mostly around the production of fine wool, prime lamb and beef cattle.

For SPA, Stephen has principle policy responsibility for health, animal welfare and biosecurity.

Contact Stephen via email [email protected]

Reith Parker

Industry Marketing and Development Officer

Reith joined SPA in May 2016. His responsibilities include policy development and secretariat services to SCA’s Marketing, Market Access and Trade, and Research, Development and Adoption committees.

Prior to joining SPA, Reith worked across large-scale livestock and cropping aggregations in New South Wales and Western Australia as a graduate in Hassad Australia’s Next Generation Leaders Program and as an analyst attracting inbound agricultural investment for the South Australian Government.

Reith graduated from the University of Adelaide with a double degree in Finance and International Business and is currently studying a Master of Agribusiness through the University of Queensland.

Contact Reith via email [email protected]

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