CATTLE Council of Australia announced today that chief executive officer Jed Matz will step down at the end of the year, after ten years with the organisation.

Cattle Council president Howard Smith said Mr Matz had decided not seek an extension of his contract at the end of 2016.   Mr Smith said Mr Matz started as Policy Director of Cattle Council in August 2006 and has been CEO since January 2013.

“Jed has been with Cattle Council for over ten years and during that time has been a very strong advocate for the Australian beef industry.

“On behalf of industry I thank Jed for his dedication to representing Australian beef producers,” Mr Smith said.

Mr Matz has driven significant reform and policy improvements during his time with Cattle Council.
On the policy front Mr Matz will be remembered for:

  • Being the driving force behind the development and implementation Pasturefed Cattle Assurance System;
  • Conceptualising the award winning Livestock Biosecurity Network;
  • Developing and implementing the strategic plan for the grassfed beef sector;
  • Negotiating acceptable welfare standards for land transport of livestock;
  • Management of the Australian cattle industries policy response to the Governments proposed emissions trading scheme including attending COP 15;
  • Negotiating the Australian cattle industries requirements during the Korean, Japan and China Trade Agreements;
  • Managing the Australian cattle industries policy response to the white paper on Beef Industry Language;
  • Driving the implementation of definitions for key raising claims such as Grassfed, Free Range etc. being included in the beef language;
  • Growing the Cattle Council’s Rising Champions Initiative to be the prominent beef leadership course and prize of 2016; and
  • Remaining a-political in his advocacy for Australian beef producers when working closely with Federal politicians.

Mr Matz was also responsible for significant internal reform including:

  • Increasing Cattle Council’s revenue by 100% in the past four years including a significant surplus in 2015/16;
  • Building the internal staff numbers, skills and capacity to ensure better policy and communications for beef producers;
  • Designing and implementing the Cattle Council consultative committee structure (a strong network of producers where all producers have an opportunity to be involved in policy);
  • Implementation of a new constitution and structure for Cattle Council to include direct membership and directly elected board members; and
  • The implementation of best practice governance frameworks for not-for-profit companies.

“Jed’s diligence to drive internal reform has led to Cattle Council becoming more transparent, more representative, more accountable and overall more successful,” Mr Smith said.

Mr Matz leaves the organisation in a strong financial position to undertake further reform in the near future and become a totally directly elected representative organisation.

Mr Matz said he was honored and humbled to have had the opportunity to represent such an iconic Australian industry.
“It has been an absolute privilege to work for Cattle Council for the last ten years,” Mr Matz said.

“I have especially enjoyed working with cattle producers and developing friendships with the fantastic people who keep the industry running.”

“It is not always an easy job, but it is never dull and it is always very rewarding,” Mr Matz added.

The Cattle Council Board has advertised to appoint a new CEO, with the intention of a smooth transition period towards the end of 2016.   [ends]

Photo Caption: CEO Jed Matz has announced he will step down after ten years with the Cattle Council of Australia.

The advertisement and position description for the position of CEO can be found here –

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