Finalist: Outstanding leader in agribusiness
ALISON Penfold is the chief executive officer of the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC).
Alison was living in the Northern Territory in 2011 and remembers acutely the impact on producers, exporters and communities of the live trade ban to Indonesia.
As CEO of ALEC, Alison has visited supply chains in Indonesia, South East Asia and the Middle East. She says she has seen the positive impact of exporters’ involvement and investment in animal welfare and why a ban of the livestock trade is unnecessary, unwarranted and would adversely impact on animal welfare globally.
Alison previously served as a ministerial adviser to Nationals MPs Warren Truss and Mark Vaile MP from 1997–2006 in the Agriculture, Transport and Trade portfolios, as the State director of the NSW Nationals from 2006 to 2007 and as chief of staff and senior adviser to the then NT Opposition Leader, Terry Mills, until late 2011.
She has a Bachelor of Asian Studies specialising in Korean.