AFTER years in the making, the Kimberley Cattlemen's Association (KCA) has officially become an operational incorporated body.
The new not-for-profit organisation has also welcomed its first chief executive officer Gill Stassen.
Originally from Brisbane, Mr Stassen has 25 years experience leading diverse management teams and developing innovative business and industry sector development programs in a wide range of industries, including the livestock industry.
He has many years of experience as an investment banker.
KCA spokesman and Kalyeeda station pastoralist Peter Camp told Farm Weekly Mr Stassen was selected due to his management experience.
This includes developing and implementing marketing and supply chain strategies, formulating and directing comprehensive strategic and budget planning initiatives and identifying substantial market opportunities.
He has implemented new initiatives with a focus on increasing sustainable market share, profitability and capacity building in establishing highly productive business units and distribution network.
"Gill's experience in start-ups, project management and business development will be very valuable in getting the KCA up and running," Mr Camp said.
"He will not be getting among industry for at least the first three months as he is sorting out and planning first.
"He is motivated and has great experience."
The KCA has also acquired funding opportunities.
After months of negotiations, the association has secured funds through two service agreements with the Department of Agriculture and Food's (DAFWA) Northern Beef Futures and the Rangelands NRM Co-ordinating Group.
The Northern Beef Futures project is a $15 million State Government investment, announced last August, which aims to ensure northern beef producers can take better advantage of growing markets in Asia and the Middle East.
As part of the service agreements, the KCA will implement projects on behalf of Rangelands NRM and Northern Beef Futures.
Mr Camp said the official KCA launch will be held later in the year once the association is fully up and running.
"In the meantime the KCA, along with the Pastoralists and Graziers Association, will host a meeting in Broome on April 30," Mr Camp said.
"It will cover some of industry's issues and developments, as well as introduce our new CEO."
DAFWA will host a Northern Beef Futures forum in broome on April 29, focusing on the opportunities to increase the value of beef production from the Kimberley and Pilbara and access new export markets.
The forum will be held at the Broome Civic Centre from 1pm to 5pm, followed by refreshments.
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The following day the Kimberley Cattlemen's Association with Pastoralists and Graziers Association will host its meeting at the Mangrove Hotel in Broome, covering industry issues and developments and introducing Mr Stassen.