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.
Prue Walduck Interim President
0429 437 781
Regional Liaison – Tasmania, SQNNSW
Portfolios – Market access and trade; Regional Presidents
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.
Trevor Parry Director
0428 196 946
Regional Liaison – Western Australia
Portfolios – eAlpaca, Showing and Judging
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 alpacas. Whilst a challenge, he also loves helping people see the potential of owning and breeding alpacas.
Sarah Wheeler Director
0434 982 760
Regional Liaison – QLD, VCR
Portfolios – 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.
Cathi McMullen Director
Regional Liaison – VER
Portfolios – Training and Education
Cathi established her alpaca herd along with her partner Ian, in 1996. They run a herd of around 130 huacayas on a 230 acre property west of Sydney and have been involved in several shipments of imported animals, reflecting their passion for quality genetics. They are regular exhibitors at both local and major shows.
Cathi has worked for over 30 years as a marketing academic in the university sector – specialising in post graduate and undergraduate online teaching in the areas of innovation, new product/service development, and brand management. Prior to working in higher education, she held a range of marketing positions at companies including Streets Ice Cream (Unilever) and Kraft Foods.Cathi brings considerable expertise to the board in the areas of adult education and marketing.
She sees a strong future for the alpaca industry as it continues to embrace a more commercial orientation and responds to the challenges of a post-COVID economy. She supports a collaborative and inclusive approach to furthering the development of the alpaca industry in Australia
Brett Fallon Director
Regional Liaison – NSW
Portfolios – Member Services, Youth; domestic marketing
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.
Mick Williams Director
Regional Liaison – SA
Portfolios – Special Projects
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.