The AAA Board is elected by our members and have the overall governance responsibility of the Association. The business of the Association is governed by the Directors, who have defined duties and responsibilities under the Corporations Act 2001 and the AAA Constitution.
Andrew Munn President
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Regional Liaison – Overseas
Portfolios – Regional Liaison, Membership
After almost 20 years in the Australian Army, Andrew Munn with his wife Bronwyn established their stud in 2002 in NSW and now managed their alpacas at Warrenbayne in Victoria. They currently have a breeding herd of over 300 alpacas, both huacaya and suri. Employed full-time off farm, he spends the rest of his time with the alpacas.
Andrew has held various positions on AAA regional committees and the Fibre Market Development Reference Panel. He is a qualified Alpaca Wool Classer and is actively involved in the collection and classing of alpaca fibre for both Australian and international clients.
Prue Walduck Vice President
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Regional Liaison – Victoria Eastern Region, Tasmania, SQNNSW
Portfolios – Market access and trade
Prue and her partner Ada purchased their first two pregnant alpacas in 1993. Their small boutique stud specialising in brown huacayas runs approximately 40 – 50 alpacas at any given time on 35 acres near Bendigo in Central Victoria.
Since joining the AAA, Prue has volunteered in many capacities at a regional level. She has also contributed at a national level spending 5 years on the National Marketing Team and 6 years (3 as Chair) on the Showing and Judging Committee. Prue feels privileged to be a Director of the AAA Board and looks forward to working with the AAA Members and fellow Board Members to continue to grow and develop the Australian Alpaca Industry.
Prue brings considerable business acumen to the Board having worked for approximately 30 years in senior positions in the retail, finance and community development sectors. Prue’s last corporate position prior to becoming a full-time alpaca farmer in 2008, was Group Human Resources Manager and a member of the Executive Management Team of a bank.
Michelle Simberg Treasurer
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Regional Liaison – South Australia
Portfolios – Treasurer, Audit and Risk
Michelle and her husband Robert purchased their first two wethers in 2000 and commenced with a breeding herd in 2005. Their stud of over 100 animals of both phenotypes, specialising in coloured suri and emphasizing client support and training, is based in Gippsland, Victoria.
Since joining the , Michelle has volunteered in many capacities at regional and state level, supporting shows and marketing the alpaca industry and is looking forward contributing further to the growth and sustainable development of the Australian alpaca industry.
Michelle brings considerable business acumen to the Board, having worked for over 30 years in senior positions in the finance, government, community development, retail and not-for-profit sectors. Qualifications – Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Accounting); Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology)
Trevor Parry Director
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Regional Liaison – Western Australia
Portfolios – eAlpaca, Youth (joint), Showing and Judging (joint)
Trevor has been a member of the AAA for 17 years and exclusively breeds suri on his property in Western Victoria. He sees the AAA as an integral part of his future vision for alpacas where alpaca farming is regarded as a worthwhile agricultural pursuit by a growing part of the population.
Trevor loves that he gets to be involved in a business with his wife that involves working with these wonderful animals. Whilst a challenge, he also loves helping people see the potential of owning and breeding alpacas.
Sarah Wheeler Director
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Regional Liaison – VCR, QLD
Portfolios – Training and education, Biosecurity (Q alpaca, NLIS), Animal health and welfare
Sarah and husband Perry joined the AAA in 2006, like so many others, initially as a lifestyle owner. She soon became more involved, as their herd grew, in breed improvement and showing. Today, Sarah and her family run a successful family farm comprising of about 250 alpaca located within the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia. They show at national level and are regular exhibitors at Australia’s largest events, including Sydney Royal, Colourbration and the National Alpaca Show. Commercially, the business has successfully exported both animals and fleece, recently opening new opportunities for the industry in both Europe and North America. This has allowed her to aid fellow breeders with the sale of their fleece. Sarah also helps operates one of the larger camelid shearing operations in Australia, providing services for over 500 owners in SA, QLD, NSW and VIC – a side of the business that she believes gives her a unique perspective on the things that are important to alpaca owners.
Rochelle Veitch Director
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Regional Liaison – NSW
Portfolios – Youth (joint), Showing and Judging (joint)
Rochelle has owned alpacas for 22 years and been a full time alpaca farmer since 2007. Together with partner Ron, they run two herds. Rochelle is committed to ensuring the continued growth of a vibrant AAA and believes a balanced team at the helm of a harmonious association will guarantee a viable future for alpacas in Australia.
Rochelle has a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours, specialising in animal behaviour, reproduction and genetics. Rochelle is a trained embryo transfer technician and applies her skills to breeding and multiplying elite genetics.