PAUL Keppel has been appointed Elders Wagin branch manager, replacing Richard Poulish who has been transferred to Gnowangerup.
Paul began his career with Elders livestock division as territory manager at Tintinara in South Australia's south east - a diverse grazing region with a focus on sheep wool and beef cattle production and his move from Tintinara to Wagin this month allowed him to come back to his home state.
Paul has a strong agricultural background, having completed an Associate degree in Agriculture at Muresk in 1996, before joining the team at The Grange in Dongara as a jackaroo.
He was promoted to overseer soon after and transferred to the company's Upper Swan property.
According to Paul, the opportunity to work on a well-known stud operation was excellent grounding to his career with Elders.
"Since that time, I've had the opportunity to look around and experience different areas within the agricultural sector," he said.
"I'm now looking forward to the opportunity that Elders has given me to focus on livestock and wool within Western Australia. Being originally from WA, I was really keen to head back, and the position as branch manager in Wagin was ideal."
Elders state manager for WA has welcomed the appointment, describing Paul as an enthusiastic worker who will put his extensive understanding of the wool and livestock industries to effective use at Wagin branch.