THE Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council announced its current CEO, Simon Westaway, would step down in the coming weeks, with former Queensland Police deputy commissioner Brett Pointing to fill the role, starting in early October.
ALEC independent chairman Simon Crean said the changeover would ensure continuity during a time of significant activity and change in Australia’s livestock export industry.
Mr Crean thanked Mr Westaway for his efforts advocating for exporters in a period when the industry not only faced a number of significant challenges, but also reached some very positive milestones.
“This includes ongoing industry efforts to better safeguard animal welfare outcomes for Australian livestock in export supply chains, successfully increasing the reach of Australian livestock into new and existing import markets and continuing to drive cultural change across the entire livestock export industry,” he said.
“Mr Westaway has played a leading role during a crucial time and we are grateful to him for his contribution.”
Mr Westaway has not sought to renew his contract with ALEC, having completed the two-year period he signed on for in 2016.
“I’m very grateful to exporters for their support and wish them well for the future,” Mr Westaway said.
Mr Pointing’s distinguished 40-year career in the Queensland Police saw him earn widespread respect in a number of leadership roles, notably as Deputy Commissioner and also as Disaster Recovery Coordinator in the aftermath of ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald in 2013. He was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2008.
Mr Pointing has a Master’s Degree in Education, majoring in Leadership and Management, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
“Spending much of my childhood living in regional Queensland in communities like Roma and Biloela, I’ve always felt a strong connection with farming communities and the livestock industry,” Mr Pointing said.
“My time in the Mounted Unit and the Stock Investigation Squad allowed me to maintain this connection and I am once again looking forward to working closely with the livestock industry with ALEC,” Mr Pointing said.