Optometry exec returns to her roots
Livestock SA has appointed former optometry executive Libby Tedstone as its Sheep and Beef Industry Blueprint Manager.
Tedstone has been a farmworker across the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. She started her career in management in 1990 with the Thresher Wines Group in Liverpool.
She then moved to South Australia in 1997 to become an Executive Officer with the Wine Industry National Education & Training Advisory Council, before becoming CEO of Optometry South Australia – a position she held for more than 13 years.
Tedstone said her decision to join Livestock SA – the self-described peak industry body for South Australian red meat and wool producers – followed careful consideration and stemmed from a desire to “return to my roots”.
“I am studying part-time for a degree in Animal Science at the University of Adelaide and have actively pursued this career change into the animal production sector,” Tedstone said.
“I am thrilled to be joining Livestock SA and look forward to working closely with all members of the sheep and beef value chains.”
As Blueprint Manager, she will be responsible for executing the industry body’s long-term plans to improve supply chain communication, efficiency and livestock health and wellbeing in the sheep and beef sectors by 2030.
Livestock SA CEO Andrew Curtis said Tedstone’s ability to adapt across sectors made her the standout candidate for the role.
“Libby brings a wealth of experience and expertise relevant and immediately applicable to this important position,” he said.
“I’m very confident the Blueprint Working Group and wider membership will not be waiting long to see her impact.”