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#029: Robert Ryan about the Australian wool industry

Robert Ryan Wool Academy Podcast 029

Robert Ryan holds various leading positions within the Australian Wool industry. In this episode, Robert explains the different activities and roles of the organisations he is leading which gives a great overview of the set up of the Australian wool industry.


About Robert Ryan

Robert Ryan has 40 years of experience in the wool industry. He is the current Chairman of the Federation of Australian Wool Organisations and Member of the Board of Directors of the National Council of Wool Selling Brokers of Australia.

In addition to these roles, Robert is also the Managing Director and Chairman of the Board of Schute Bell Badgery Lumby, Woolbrokers and Stock and Station Agents in New South Wales and Queensland. Schute Bell commenced trading in 1906.

In June 1996, Robert was elected to the Council of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Australia and has held a number of positions on various Committees.  He was Chair of the Sheep and Wool Committee from 1999 – 2009 and was elected President of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW in June 2014.

A Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services in the wool industry was awarded to Robert in June 2014.


Connect with Robert Ryan here

Schute Bell Badgery Lumby website

Schute Bell’s facebook page

Schute Bell on twitter

Federation of Australian Wool Organisations (FAWO) website

National Council of Wool Selling Brokers of Australia website

Royal Agricultural Society of NSW website


Key Time Stamps

[spp-timestamp time=”00:55″] About Schute Bell Badgery Lumby
[spp-timestamp time=”03:25″] The typical customer of Schute Bell
[spp-timestamp time=”05:36″] About the Federation of the Australian Wool Organisations
[spp-timestamp time=”07:48″] Why it is important to be involved in the activities on wool industry level
[spp-timestamp time=”10:15″] Structure of the Australian Wool industry
[spp-timestamp time=”14:03″] About the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales and the Royal Easter Show
[spp-timestamp time=”18:00″] Trends in agriculture in Australia
[spp-timestamp time=”19:39″] Attracting young professionals into the Australian wool industry


About the author, Elisabeth

Elisabeth is the founder and host of the Wool Academy Podcast. She also runs her own consulting business where she supports wool industry businesses with strategic communications and project management.
Elisabeth used to work as the Secretary General for the International Wool Textile Organisation where she developed her passion for wool and the wool industry. Her previous education and work experience equipped her also with a broad set of communications skills.

Elisabeth vision is to see the wool industry thrive which is why she supports wool industry businesses communicate successfully.

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