Governance

We believe it is important to provide a clear set of values that emphasize a culture encompassing strong corporate governance, sound business practices, positive leadership and ethical conduct.

Our Board endorsed the Co-operative and Mutual Enterprise (CME) Governance Principles 1st Edition – July 2018 and strives for best practice governance. Our governance framework and our adherence to it, are fundamental in demonstrating that the Board are overseeing the management of risk and the future direction of the Co-op. Our corporate governance policies are regularly reviewed to make sure they are consistent with best practice and are at the forefront of our business practices.

board of directors

John Seccombe

Chairman

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John Seccombe

CHAIRMAN

John became a Director of the Co-operative in 2010 and Chairman in 2013. John has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree, Armidale. John operates a beef breeder enterprise and has gained experience in livestock exports, feedlots, extensive cattle property management, and in the processing industry having managed research institutions, a large cattle station in the Moree district and a custom feedlot at Gurley as well as having a period with the Australian Meat and Livestock Corporation. John has taken an active role in industry issues and advocated the cattle industry. He is currently deputy chairman of the Marketing, Market Access and Trade Committee for the Cattle Council of Australia and is a member of the Cattle Committee for the NSW Farmers Association. John is an appointee to the Cattle Tick Ministerial Advisory Committee and Chairman of Melanoma Patients Australia.

Mr Neil Summerville

Deputy Chairman

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Mr Neil Summerville

Deputy Chairman

Neil was elected to the Board in November 2011 and to the position of Deputy Chairman in 2016. Neil has been involved in the beef cattle industry and has managed properties in Queensland. For the past 28 years Neil has owned and managed a family beef property at Sextonville, NSW. Neil has been a Director and Chairman of the former Rural Lands Protection Board as well as Livestock Health and Pest Authority.

Mr Merrick Blok

Director

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Mr Merrick Blok

DIRECTOR

Merrick was elected to the Board in October 2018. Merrick was born and raised in the Northern Rivers and runs a small beef property with his family. In 1995 Merrick completed a Bachelor of Management (Agribusiness), specialising in international trade and marketing.  Merrick has worked in the red meat industry for over 21 years and has spent most of this time in sales and marketing (domestically and internationally). He commenced working with The Casino Food Co-op, J & E Medcalf (North Yorkshire, UK), Stockyard Beef (Brisbane). Since 2013 Merrick has continued his career in the red meat industry at Lee Pratt Beef in sales and marketing of beef and beef co-products. 

Mr Robert (Neil) Short

Director

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Mr Robert (Neil) Short

DIRECTOR

Neil was elected to the Board in November 2013. Neil has completing an accountancy and law competency course at Hawkesbury Agricultural College and is a licensed Stock & Station / Real Estate Agent. Neil has worked with Ian Weir & Son Pty Ltd (Lismore) since 1986. In 1999 he became licensee in charge of Ian Weir & Son Pty Ltd. Neil is a Director of the Lismore Saleyards Pty Ltd.

Mr Damien Dougherty

Director

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Mr Damien Dougherty

DIRECTOR

Damien was elected to the Board in October 2020. Damien has a Bachelor of Agriculture Science from UWS Hawkesbury and an Associate Diploma Business (International Trade) from RMIT, studied in China; as well as an Ausmeat Non-Packers Exporters certificate. Over 30 years Damien has accumulated experience in the livestock and meat industry, both Beef & Pork having worked for RS Morrow (Booyong Abattoirs) as Livestock & QA Manager /  Nippon Meat Packers as Export meat sales to South East Asia, USA & Canada  and ANZ Exports (Owner & Director) –  Meat sales to more than 20 countries.  Damien is the Managing Director of Bangalow Sweet Pork, focusing on pork processing for domestic and export markets.

Mr Robert Sinnamon​

Director

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Mr Robert Sinnamon

DIRECTOR

Robert was elected to the Board in November 2015. Robert is the General Manager of Yulgilbar Pastoral Company Pty Ltd a position held for over 20 years running on average 5500 head of stud and commercial cattle. He is also runs his own Riverina Santa Gertrudis stud at Kyogle. Educated at Brisbane Boys College, he has a Diploma in Agriculture and in Rural Business Management. Rob has served a term on the Beef CRC Review Panel and RDE&S Consultative Committee of Cattle Council. He currently is a Councillor of the Santa Gertrudis Australia Association.

Mrs Angela Seccombe​

Director

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Mrs Angela Seccombe

DIRECTOR

Angela was elected to the Board in December 2016. Angela has completed a Diploma in Applied Science (Agriculture) at Hawkesbury Agricultural College and a Diploma in Education (Secondary). Angela joined the NSW Department of Agriculture in 1981 as an Agronomist, training at Orange and Leeton before taking up a position as District Agronomist at Parkes in 1982. Angela and her husband Robert purchased a property at Piora in 1991 where they produce trade yearlings and butcher’s cattle. Angela previously held a position on the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange (NRLX) Advisory Group.

Mr Steve Morrow

Independant Director

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Mr Steve Morrow

INDEPENDENT Director

Steve was elected to the Board in October 2018 as the Co-operative’s first Independent Director. Steve has a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics. He started his career in the grain industry with Queensland Grain Growers Association, Toowoomba (Co-operative), before moving to Kansas City, USA as Director Asian Marketing for Farmland Industries (Co-operative). In 1986, Steve returned to Australia and opened the first Australian office for US multinational ConAgra Grains. In 1995 Steve became Managing Director of Primac Holdings and then General Manager Agribusiness of Suncorp Bank. In 2004 Steve was appointed CEO of Golden Circle LTD. Since 2007, Steve has been a professional Company Director, having served on 15 Boards including 11 as Chairman. He currently serves as Chairman of Golden Cockerel, Priestley’s Gourmet Holdings and Board Member of CEFN Pty Ltd and represents US pension fund MERS who have agri-investments in Australia.

MANAGEMENT TEAm

Simon Stahl

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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Simon Stahl

Chief Executive Officer

Simon Stahl has been working in the beef & pork processing industries for over 30 years. Simon is broadly experienced in the Australian meat processing industry having worked at KR Darling Downs in Toowoomba, Nippon Meat Packers Australia (NMPA), both at their Oakey site and NMPA owned subsidiary “Thomas Borthwick & Sons” site in Mackay and in Sydney.
Simon has a Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting Major and his professional career has spanned positions in payroll, IT, HR, Manager corporate affairs and Innovation, senior accountant, Managing Director of NMPA & Chief Executive Officer, NCMC. Simon currently sits on the AMIC National processor committee and has previously held the position of Director of the Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC). Simon is currently Chairman of Northern Rivers NSW committee and a member of ‘Our Kids’.

Trevor Moore

SUSTAINABILITY - INNOVATION - ENVIRONMENT

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Trevor Moore

Sustainability - Innovation - Environment

Trevor has been involved in the Australian red meat industry for over 30 years. Starting at The Co-op in 1989, he has developed an extensive skillset through his experience and learned knowledge. This has positioned him to take the role of managing Innovation, Sustainability, and Environment for the Group. Trevor holds several qualifications including a Bachelor of Science (Environment) through UWS, Meat Inspection, and internationally recognised qualifications in Quality Assurance and Food Safety.  Trevor participates in the innovation committees of the Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC). He is also a representative of the Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) and holds a seat on the Export Meat Industry Advisory Council (EMIAC) and the E. coli expert panel. 

Corey Aleckson

GENERAL MANAGER OPERATIONS

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Corey Aleckson

General Manager Operations

Corey is General Manager Operations and is responsible for all operations at Casino Service Processing, Casino Hide Tanners & Booyong Service Processing (BSP).Corey has over 23 years of meat industry experience, a Master of retail butchery, Certificate IV Meat Safety (meat inspection) and an AHRI Certificate IV in Human Resources. Corey commenced with The Co-op in 2002 as boning room supervisor at the organisations pork processing facility (BSP). Corey progressed to the role of production manager for the next 11 years and in 2013 undertook the role of HR Manager for the Group until November 2017.

Darran Singh

GROUP COMMERCIAL MANAGER

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Darran Singh

Group Commercial Manager

In March 2018 Darran joined The Co-op and holds the position of Group Commercial Manager, CFO and IT Manager. Darran holds a Bachelor of Business and was principal in a Public Accounting Firm for over 18 years. Darran’s professional work has involved taxation planning and advice, business structuring advice, information technology reviews, due diligence reviews, audit and compliance reviews plus other services in a career spanning over 31 years. Darran applies his extensive commercial and business skills across all aspects of the Co-op as a part of the Executive Team and works closely with all other Executives in a consultative role in each of their business units. Darran’s role is integral in resolving commercial issues and establishing the new ventures and business relationships.

Dan Smith

GROUP HR MANAGER

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Dan Smith

Group HR Manager

Dan commenced with The Co-op as the WHS Manager in 2016 and was promoted to Group Human Resources Manager in 2018 and is responsible for all HR disciplines including payroll, recruitment and retention, employee engagement, industrial relations, workplace health and safety and training. Dan has tertiary qualifications in Human Resources, Workplace Health and Safety, Training and Assessment and Auditing and has worked in the agricultural and related industries for over 18 years.

Annabelle Toohey

PA TO CEO AND COMPANY SECRETARY

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Annabelle Toohey

PA to CEO and Company Secretary

Annabelle commenced her career having undertaken a Legal Course in Brisbane before moving to Gosford to work in a private solicitors firm for 2 years. She then moved to Casino gaining employment at a local legal firm, prior to joining the Northern Co-operative Meat Company Ltd in 1993 as personal Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer, a position she holds today.

Jeremy Millar

Commercial Supply Chain Manager

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Jeremy Millar

Commercial Supply Chain Manager

Jeremy has over 15 years of meat industry experience and has completed a Bachelor of Agribusiness. Since joining the Co-op in 2011 Jeremy has been in a variety of roles including sales, GM of Ramsey Meats Company and Senior Account Manager with NCMC Foods. With a strong background in sales both domestically and internationally Jeremy now holds the position of  Commercial Supply Chain Manager.

Mark Manning

General Manager Northern Rivers Meats

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Mark Manning

General Manager Northern Rivers Meats

Mark joined The Casino Food Co-op in August 2013 as General Manager of Northern Rivers Meats (previously NCMC Foods) leading the marketing team on beef & veal, offal and by-product sales. During his 30+ year career within the red meat industry Mark has gained a number of Aus-Meat accreditations along with a vast array of contacts and a wealth of industry knowledge.

David Carew

Business Development Manager

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David Carew

Business Development Manager

David Carew is well known throughout the Australian meat industry and has worked in various innovation and business development roles for Meat & Livestock Australia. David’s earlier background as a chef saw him earn multiple industry innovation awards for designing new products. David has built further processing facilities in Australia and overseas and has worked extensively throughout Asia and North Asia in retail and food service markets. David recently returned from Singapore after working as a supply chain specialist with Meat & Livestock Australia and commenced with The Casino Food Co-op in March 2021 as Business Development Manager for the Retail Ready room.

Casino Food Co-op is a proud member of the BCCM.

The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) is Australia’s only peak body for co-operatives and mutuals across all industries. The BCCM unites co-operatives, mutuals and member-owned businesses with the common objective of increasing awareness of the co-operative and mutual business model and the important contribution of member-owned businesses to the national economy and community development of Australia.

Members recognise the role of co-operative and mutual businesses in contributing to informed and balanced public policy debate for a fairer, more prosperous and inclusive economy for all Australians.

BCCM are a powerful and informed voice in the business community and have successfully focused media and political attention on Australia’s co-operative and mutual sector.

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