Johnson is Meat & Livestock Australia’s Market Access Manager – Europe, representing the interests of Australian beef, sheepmeat and goat meat producers in the UK and EU. While Australian producers have a long history of trade in both markets, access is restricted by historic quotas, and, as a consequence, the industry’s priority is securing long-term access via the parallel A-UK and A-EU FTA negotiations.
Prior to moving to the UK in January 2020, Mary was a member of MLA’s Market Access team in Sydney, where the focus was identifying opportunities to reduce economic barriers to trade via bilateral and multilateral agreements and alleviating the plethora non-tariff barriers to trade that add unnecessary cost to the Australian red meat supply chain.
Mary is a past Director of the Future Farmers Network, a non-for-profit organisation that aims to connect, educate and empower young people in the Australian agricultural sector and also has a keen interest in identifying opportunities for the red meat sector to engage on non-competitive issues for the betterment of the sector.
Mary also has a personal affiliation with the Australian agricultural sector, with her family farming in south western NSW.