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.
Brett Fallon President
Brett has been a member of the AAA since 2001 and operates a stud and commercial breeding herd of huacaya and suri alpaca in Western Australia. He is full time employed as an Agribusiness Finance Manager, and enjoys spending his own time managing the farm with help from his young family.
Brett is super passionate about the long term viability of the alpaca industry in Australia, and believes that the Association has an important role to play in this.
Prue Walduck Vice President
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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.
Sarah Wheeler Director
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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.
Mick Williams Director
Mick has spent almost all this life surrounded by natural fibre, having spent the majority of his formative years on a third-generation merino sheep station outside Inverell. Having recently escaped corporate life, Mick is now a fulltime Australian commercial alpaca farmer.
With his family, their stud run in excess of 1,000 animals, encompassing 360 degrees of Alpaca – show ring, animal sales, fleece, meat, youth development, genetic improvement (SP ratio, phenotype and predictability), research, eco-tourism, cafe/retail outlet, paddock/pasture improvement, export, and international alpaca consulting.
Mick brings a wide range of business skills, academic qualifications and enthusiasm to his role on the Board.
Julie Wilkinson Director
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Julie Wilkinson has worked in Environmental Consulting for 30 years She has a Bachelor of Education (Environmental Science) and a Masters Degree in Environmental Science. In January 1995, Julie set up a consulting practice with a partner. Her areas of expertise include community consultation, environmental education and training, environmental impact assessment and environmental management. She has assisted clients as varied as the mining industry, universities, tourism developers, the banking sector, airlines, government departments and food manufacturers.
Julie has been involved in the alpaca industry since 2001 and currently manages a herd of 1000 suris. Julie has been involved in industry development, particularly in regard to Research and Development and Education portfolios on the Suri Subcommittee, participation in the AAA Environmental Management Working Party, Editor of the Victorian Central Region magazine The Yarn for 5 years and Editor and publisher of a promotional magazine Alpacas Victoria. She has recently been a member of the Suri Fibre Development Group, the AAA Education and Training Working Group, and the Showing and Judging Committee.
Julie has participated in alpaca shows in Victoria and around the country since joining the industry and was convenor of the Wangaratta show for 3 years. She has also assisted in the preparation of fleeces for the Colourbration/Spectacular shows as a steward. She is passionate about suri fleece showing and commercialisation of the alpaca fleece industry. In 2019 she developed (with consultation) a new micron-based show format and held the inaugural Commercial Fleece Show at Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show. Julie has hosted a number of shearing and fleece handling workshops, fleece collection and sorting for the NZ Rumplestiltskin project, researched fleece processing in Peru and has set up an online store for sales of alpaca fleece, yarn and knitted product. Julie proudly works with and supplies fleece to a number of totally Australian grown and processed fashion labels.
Lee Sadler Director
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Lee Sadler has been involved in the alpaca industry for over 20 years. During this time, the Australian alpaca industry has developed from a livestock and breeding focus to a fibre focus. Lee and her family run their stud on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia, where they focus on white huacaya alpaca, with about 300 in their herd. They also have an olive grove and extensive scrub and biodiversity projects on their property.
Lee is a pharmacist by training. Her science background has been useful when assessing health and husbandry matters on the farm. She has been involved in their profession and the alpaca industry in a range of representative roles, contributing on Boards, Committees and Councils across both sectors.
Lee has also participated in the Governors Leadership Foundation Program, run by the Leaders Institute of South Australia. This has afforded her an intensive and rewarding opportunity to consider the breadth and challenges of leadership on many fronts.
Lee’s involvement with the Australia College of Pharmacy and the University of South Australia, have also provided the opportunity to be develop skills and knowledge in the field of adult education.