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While CMG CEO in 2012, David Lock did The Gibb Challenge, a socially competitive 700km-plus team relay bike ride event in WA’s Kimberley. David was a Peddling Porker, whose other members were Neil Ferguson of Westpork, Tony Mucciarone of Bio-John and Graeme McConnell of Planfarm. The Peddling Porkers raised about $40,000 for their three nomi- nated charities, Compassionate Friends, Royal Flying Doctor Service and Police Legacy and finished a very competitive ninth out of about 50 teams.
DAVID Lock will be Australian Pork Limit- ed’s chairman, once his appointment as Enzo Allara’s replacement is ratified at APL’s No- vember AGM in Mel- bourne.
While I’ve not worked particularly closely with Enzo, I have appreciated the wise, timely counsel he has offered colleagues and been privy, on sev- eral occasions, to witness the measured leadership and clear guidance he has delivered to Australia’s pork industry.
He will be missed, but his strong legacy will re- main.
continue as chairman of SunPork Fresh Foods and Swickers Kingaroy Ba- con Factory Pty Limited, meaning his steady hands and fingerprints will still be all over Australia’s pork industry.
And that’s a good thing, especially at such a tur- bulent time.
However, I also believe now is a good time to transition a position as significant and influen- tial as chair of Australia’s peak pork and pig indus- try body that is APL.
Sure our industry is fac- ing tough times, but it’s fought its way through similar before and will do so once again.
It just might be a good time for a fresh pair of hands and new set of eyes to take the helm of what is now a very big ship and one which might take a fair bit of turning around while struggling in rough seas.
David Lock, I believe, is the right man for the job. He has a pedigree that
just reeks of pork and professional proficiency as a former CEO of the very successful Craig Mostyn Group, parent of Western Australia’s mar- ket-leading fresh pork producer and processor Linley Valley Pork.
APL’s own media re- lease described CMG as a multi-million-dollar turnover private company that operates a paddock
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to plate pork business and which processes 98 per- cent of WA’s pigs, and includes a rendering busi- ness that processes over 150,000 tonnes per an- num and a seafood im- port, export and process- ing business.
David also happens to chair the WA Meat In- dustry Authority, albeit a body under siege as it struggles to find the right auction schedule to suit producers, transporters and stock agents for its sheep and cattle at Mu- chea Livestock Centre.
MIA is also looking for a new CEO.
Good luck David. While sorting that out,
he’s recently been enjoy- ing some well-deserved time out in Italy, I assume on some adventurous and challenging bike ride or walk as is his inclina- tion and also Canada, the birthplace of his delight- ful wife Dr Karen Smith- Lock.
David is also chair of Mareterram Limited, an ASX-listed company that owns the majority of quo- ta in the Shark Bay prawn fishery as well as a sea- food import and distri- bution business operating nationally in Australia.
He was formerly its CEO.
While I could bang on forever about David’s capacities and qualifica- tions in accounting and business and his unrelent- ing pursuit of due dili- gence, his overwhelming quality that will posi- tively impact and, indeed, change the landscape of
our nation’s pork industry is that he listens first, analyses second and then actions third.
In that order.
David will not make hasty decisions, but he will make smart ones.
His ego will never outdo his inherent desire to con- sult, consider and reflect.
He will talk with and engage with all relevant stakeholders.
He will want and expect you to have an opinion on your industry, so get ready to be asked and prepare your answer(s) now.
If ever there was a time when Australia’s pork in- dustry needed a steady set of hands, it is now.
While APL has pretty much enjoyed this dur- ing Enzo Allara’s reign, David Lock will build on the past to establish a bet- ter future and there’s no time like the present to do exactly that.
David Lock (right) with Westpork CEO Neil Ferguson (left) and Craig Mostyn Group chairman Jim Kennedy at CMG’s agribusiness dinner in Perth two years ago.
At the 2008 WA Industry and Export Awards at Perth’s Hyatt Regency, Karen Smith-Lock and David Lock, then chief executive of Craig Mostyn Group and for- mer Department of Agriculture and Food WA director general Ian Longson and Christine Tepper, with the Hall of Fame and Agribusiness Export Awards won by Craig Mostyn Group.
Lock holds the key to APL
I understand
he will
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