About Us

Over 200 years of combined Meat and Grain Trading Experience

2018

In 2018, we celebrated 50 years of serving Australian Agri-business and our current team of staff has over 200 years of meat and grains experience. We work with butchers, supermarkets, pet food manufacturers, smallgoods processors, wholesalers, portion cutters and stock feed mills.

your ideal product development partners

Our focus is on the success of our customers, and we help customers manage inventory and advise them about when to buy... and when to sit out. We’re dedicated to ensuring supply chains remain open and flowing in this ever changing environment. With our superior knowledge of international trends, we’re your ideal product development partners.

Meet the Team

PETER SHEARER

MANAGING DIRECTOR

PETER SHEARER

MANAGING DIRECTOR
With a wealth of practical knowledge in regards to meat processing, Peter joined our team in 1987. Overseeing both the international meat trading business and the Grain and Meals Division, Peter is also involved in strategic planning and operations. Peter and his wife Kerry love to travel - both domestically and overseas. Peter is a “rugby tragic” (especially true as Queensland Reds supporter). He also enjoys targeting greenbacks, lizards and elbow slappers along the gutters of Moreton (whatever that means), and loves the challenges of remote fishing in the NT. One day soon, Peter will land “A Metrey ”.

JOHN GLEESON

DIRECTOR

JOHN GLEESON

DIRECTOR
Coming on board in 2006, John has an in-depth knowledge of abattoirs and an unbridled enthusiasm for sales. John is passionate about the meat industry and is one of the most dynamic raw material sales professionals in Australia. John embraces the challenges of a hectic sales environment and knows there’s no substitute for hard work. In his spare time John enjoys travelling, snow boarding and camping, as well as collecting firewood with a stick rake and a D4. One day soon, he’ll succumb to his primal urge and buy that bigger boat and get back on the water.

CHRISTOPHER CARNELL

SENIOR GRAIN TRADER

CHRISTOPHER CARNELL

SENIOR GRAIN TRADER
Chris joined us in 2000, to establish the grain trading division. He has a thorough and honest approach, which has earned him the respect of both growers and feed millers throughout Australia. Chris balances his spare time between rugby coaching, family, fishing, boating and commuting. Chris has recently fallen back in love with cricket - and as Captain Coach – he successfully guided his side to second last in not one, but two competitions! One day soon, Chris will have the right amount on the right horse.

BRIAN WILLIAMS

SALES & LOGISTICS

BRIAN WILLIAMS

SALES & LOGISTICS
Brian joined the team in 2004, with a wealth of knowledge from all facets of the meat industry and now relishes working in the trading environment. Brian is famous for his attention to detail and easy-going manner. Also doubling as CJA’s Fire Warden, Brian can be seen with helmet on, marshalling evacuees during fire drills. Outside work, Brian enjoys the odd DIY project and relaxing with a coldie afterwards. He also fancies himself as a real estate guru and is always in search of a bargain. One day soon, Brian will get that sushi-rolling machine.

ALICIA DOLAN

FINANCE

ALICIA DOLAN

FINANCE
Alicia works remotely in Mackay, which allows her to balance family life and work. She’s responsible for our accounting department and keeps everyone in line, from her Tropical Hideaway. Her pleasant manner and ‘can-do attitude’ ensures seamless expediency of payments. Alicia strives for perfection in everything she does. She has recently seen real improvements in her grappling, becoming a more complete fighter; her speed and agility around the Octagon needs to be seen, to be believed! When not in the office or on the canvas, Alicia is busy looking after Maxie, Toby, Rosie and Ross.

LUIS LOPEZ EDWARDS

INTERNATIONAL DIVISION

LUIS LOPEZ EDWARDS

INTERNATIONAL DIVISION
Luis has over 25 years of international trade experience, throughout Australia and North and Central America. Luis looks after our imports and our Southern Market presence. Luis is well known to many of our European and North American suppliers. His experience, coupled with his ‘no nonsense approach’ ensures success in this section of our business. Away from work, Luis enjoys keeping fit by swimming, sailing and the occasional bike ride. Luis has also been known to cut a rug in the Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba and Zouk styles. One day soon, Luis will be able to swim faster than his kids.

LISA PAESSLER

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

LISA PAESSLER

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
Lisa has returned to the food sector after a spell working in government. Lisa’s organisational and planning skills are just what the Team at CJA were looking for to ensure the smooth and timely execution of all things administration. Lisa enjoys looking after the needs of both our suppliers and customers to ensure everyone continues to love dealing with Cory Johnston. Lisa relishes a challenge and is always on the look out to find ways and systems that streamline and improve work flows. When not working Lisa enjoys the great outdoors and all things sun, sand and surf and looks forward to heading off with her family on new adventures in their Stoney Creek RT Nugget .……. One day soon Lisa aspires to reach the top of the gateway bridge whilst on a luchtime run but this time with some of her workmates.

JUSTIN FAY

GRAIN TRADING MANAGER

JUSTIN FAY

GRAIN TRADING MANAGER
Justin joined the Team in early 2020 (challenging times to say the least) and is a deeply experienced Agri Business Professional with a blend of skills acquired from more than twenty-five years in various agricultural roles. He has a strong passion for the rural communities and the grain industry itself. Justin has held senior roles with leading Australian agribusiness firms which has given him an unrivalled understanding of both domestic and export agri-commodity trading. Headquarted in rural Victoria Justin’s knowledge and access of Southern Australian crops complements Cory Johnston’s existing and growing customer base up and down the Eastern States of Australia. In his spare time Justin enjoys marking a few and doing a couple of rounds on the family farm. One day soon Justin & family will be there to see the Scraggers repeat 16 & 54.

VICTORIA RHODES

TRADE EXECUTION COORDINATOR

VICTORIA RHODES

TRADE EXECUTION COORDINATOR
Vicky is our newest team member coming onboard in October 2020. With over 10 years’ experience in the grain industry, Vicky’s skills will be put to good use as Trade Execution Coordinator as she brings a thorough understanding of agri-business to the role.

Originally from Albury, Vicky relocated to Melbourne then gradually moved north chasing the sunshine to Brisbane and ending up in Mackay where she lives with her husband, two children and Baxter the dog.

Vicky loves going to the beach, taking the kids to the waterpark and generally spending time outdoors. The Whitsundays is the perfect place to stay on weekends away both on the mainland and the Islands.

Vicky loves coffee, chocolate, snakes and crocodiles but not in that order and not all at the same time. One day soon Vicky will be carving bombs off the North Wall.