Inaugural female president to lead the Australian Wagyu Association Board

AWA new President and Board for 2018-19

The Australian Wagyu Association Annual General Meeting was held Wednesday 31st October 2018, with the first meeting of the new AWA Board held Thursday 1st of November.

In a first for the Association in its 30-year history, the first woman to hold the position of President of the AWA has been decided.

The AWA is delighted to announce our 12th President, Mrs Chantal Winter, effective as of the 1st of November 2018.

The Office Bearers of the AWA Board for the 2018-19 period are:

President Chantal Winter
Senior Vice President Mike Buchanan
Junior Vice President Selwyn Maller
Treasurer Charles Perry

Newly appointed Board Member Sharon Oates

Returning Board Members:
Peter Cabassi
Peter Gilmour
Peter Krause
John Spreadborough
Lorna Tomkinson


Both Lorna Tomkinson and Chantal Winter were both re-appointed to the AWA Board following the 2018 Board election process.

AWA president 2018-19Chantal, with her husband Anthony are the managers of Macquarie Wagyu, located on the Southern Downs region of Queensland south-west of Toowoomba. A specialist in long-feed feedlot, the couple have been managing the property for more than 10 years. The property joins around 700 fullblood females annually. Previously a cattle care auditor, Chantal is well versed in genetics, breeding, carcase outcomes and care of Wagyu cattle and has served on the AWA Board for more than five years.

“It is an exciting time to be part of the Wagyu industry,” said Chantal. “As we move forward I want to ensure that our members have access to learn and utilise Wagyu breeding tools so that we can see an overall improvement in Wagyu genetics to give our customers the very best eating experience.”

Retiring from the Board is Joanne Christiansen. The matriarch of Pinnacle Wagyu, Joanne is a breeder of Wagyu and Stock Horses in Roma, Queensland, established in 1998 with her late husband Peter. Joanne has served on the Board for a number of years providing the Association with a great deal of knowledge and advice for the Wagyu industry. We would like to extend to Joanne our deepest thanks for her services to the industry and the Association.

Sharon Oates was appointed to the AWA Board through the 2018 Board election process. Sharon is well known in Wagyu circles for her work with Oasis Collection Centre, a business that provides embryo collection services, specialising in Wagyu. With a wealth of experience in breeding, export and processing, Sharon is keen to bring her knowledge to the Board to assist with the improvement of the breed for all Wagyu members.

Farewell to an outstanding President

The 2018 AGM gave members an opportunity to thank the 11th President of the AWA, Mr Peter Gilmour who has represented the Board in this capacity for the past three years. In that time, Peter has overseen the introduction of many strategic platforms including BreedObject $Indexes, BREEDPLAN Single-Step, the transition from MiP to SNP and the commissioning of the MIJ-30 carcase assessment camera.  Peter continues on the AWA Board as a Director for the 2018-19 year.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Peter during his tenure as President,” said Dr Matt McDonagh, AWA CEO. “His business insights and leadership have served the Australian Wagyu Association well to take us through a busy time in terms of strategic planning, member growth and development of Wagyu breeding tools.

“We are fortunate to have Peter remain on the Board to continue with that level of wisdom and to assist Chantal with her transition to President.”