Skip links and keyboard navigation

27 March 2018: New NAPCO CEO in conversation at Beef Breakfast

27 March 2018

Rural Press Club of Queensland’s Beef Australia 2018 Breakfast to be held in Rockhampton on Thursday 10 May.

The new CEO of one of Australia’s oldest cattle companies will be the Rural Press Club of Queensland’s special guest at its Beef Australia 2018 Breakfast to be held in Rockhampton on Thursday 10 May.

Phil Cummins, who has recently taken the helm of the North Australian Pastoral Company (NAPCO), will be in conversation with Craig Zonca, ABC Radio’s top rating presenter when more than 500 members and guests gather for what has become an iconic Beef Australia event.

NAPCO, one of Australia’s largest and privately-owned cattle companies, commenced operations in 1877. It runs 200,000 head of cattle on 13 stations covering 6.1 million hectares in Queensland and the Northern Territory, and its feedlot on the Darling Downs.

In 2016, the Queensland Government’s global investment manager, the Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC), purchased an 80% stake in NAPCO. Phil Cummins has held senior positions with QIC and led the Corporation’s investment into NAPCO in 2016. He served as QIC’s representative and Chairman of the NAPCO Board, prior to taking over as CEO.

According to Rural Press Club President, Trent Thorne, the Club’s 2018 Beef Breakfast promises to be the biggest one yet. “This will be our sixth Beef Australia breakfast, the Club’s first ever was 15 years ago at Beef 2003 and featured the late John Cox, Managing Director of Stanbroke Pastoral Company.

“Phil Cummins will follow what has become a great tradition, with heads of major pastoral companies opening up to our audiences about what makes them tick, what keeps them awake at night, and what they think the future holds for their companies and the industry,” he said.

Mr Thorne thanked the Queensland Rural Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) for its generous support of the Club’s 2018 breakfast. “With the generous support of QRIDA and Craig Zonka’s ratings-winning conversational skills, this is an event not to be missed,” he said.

QRIDA Chief Executive officer, Cameron MacMillan said his organisation was proud to sponsor the Rural Press Club of Queensland’s Beef 2018 Breakfast.

“We will be exhibiting as part of the Queensland Government’s sustainable beef display in the Sidney Kidman Pavilion throughout Beef 2018. I encourage graziers to drop by our stand and meet the QRIDA team for chat about how our low interest loans and grants might be able to help their beef business.”

When: 6.45am – 8.30am, Thursday May 10,


QRIDA has been supporting Queensland’s beef industry for more than 20 years, providing low interest loans and grants to help producers get ahead of the herd and pursue their business goals. With our in-depth local knowledge and rural finance experience, we have helped more than 13,000 beef producers make a start in the industry, achieve greater productivity and long-term profitability, and deal with drought and other challenges.

For more information visit

Last updated
18 April 2018