Family Profile

Introducing the McConnel family

john John is the 3rd generation of the McConnel family to own Mt Brisbane.  He has served on the Droughtmaster board as a Director, is a classifier for the breed and was awarded life membership in 2012.  He was instrumental in getting many feedlot and carcass competitions started in SE Qld as he has always believed this is the best way to receive feedback on your cattle & compare them.  John is a Life Member of the Esk Show in recognition of his contribution to the show and is also on the Esk Jockey Club Board.

carliCarli lived and worked in Western Qld in the Ilfracombe area before marrying John in 1972.   After raising and educating 5 children she spent considerable time on the Droughtmaster Board and is now a Life member of that Society as well as spending time working with various weed and cattle management groups.   She works with the 3 local shows, Ag Force, writes for the DAAF publication, Beef Talk and is an active member of the SE Qld Beef Research Committee as well as maintaining a very active part in the general work at Mt Brisbane.   Her most rewarding role, however, is as Maccy to her increasing number of grandchildren who are all introduced to the joys of country life at a very young age.

robRob is our eldest son, he is married to Dinie and they have two children Andrew and Mary. Rob initially worked in rural finance across NSW and Qld in Tamworth, Rockhampton and Longreach before moving to the city to pursue a career in corporate finance. He is currently working in Brisbane as a Partner in Deloitte’s Corporate Finance team after time in their private equity team in London and Sydney. At last count he had a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics, Masters of Commerce, Masters of Applied Finance and Investment, an MBA and has completed his CA. In contrast to this, he is always an enthusiastic worker on Mt Brisbane and returns whenever possible to give a hand.

susieOur daughter Susie Sullivan lives outside Dalby with her husband Luke and children Gemma, Charlie and Claire. While currently at home with her children, she has worked in Agribusiness Banking for the last thirteen years being a successful Agribusiness Manager working with clients throughout the Darling Downs and beyond. Susie has assumed responsibility for the marketing and promotion of the stud and both she and Luke are regular helpers on Mt Brisbane.  She has judged at numerous regional shows, has judged at the Royal Queensland Show, three times at the Toowoomba Royal Show and was invited by the Droughtmaster Stud Breeders Society to judge the Gatton Futurity in 2009.  She has spoken at a number of education days on topics ranging from “Cattle Selection” to “Obtaining Finance”. 

donDon is now the 'mainstay' of Mt Brisbane working alongside John & Carli. He is married to Andrea and they have a daughter Audrey and son Stirling. Don manages the day to day work of the property and is a regular exhibitor of prime cattle at the local shows. He is a classifier with the Droughtmaster Breed and is also on the senior judging panel. He has judged many regional shows in SE Qld and has judged twice at the Royal Queensland Show, included judging the Droughtmaster breed in 2012. In 2010 Don was named state winner in the Virbac Proud Achievers Award recognising the continuing herd improvement work he has undertaken at Mt Brisbane. Don is actively involved in the three local show societies (Kilcoy/Esk/ Toogoolawah) and is a steward in either Prime Cattle or Stud Cattle at each show, having been Chief Steward of the Prime Cattle Section at Esk for a number of years. He is also involved in the Esk Jockey Club Committee as assistant starter and barrier assistant.

ianIan married Sheena in 2007 and together have two children, Ailee and Sam.  Ian is the Global Commodity Lead for Beef for the WWF, the world's largest environmental group.  In this role he supports and develops more sustainable beef production practices and markets around the world.  He gained a Bachelor of Applied Science in Animal Studies at UQ Gatton and then spent a year at Colorado State University supporting meat science and genetics research.  In 2003 he joined the Queensland DPI as a sheep extension officer in Longreach before moving to South East Queensland.  Ian joined WWF-Australia in 2012 to lead their Australian Beef industry engagement moving into his current role in 2014.  Ian is a current executive board member of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, he is a past Australian Rural Youth Ambassador and Beef Industry Rising Champion and a passionate 'agvocate' for the role of sustainable agriculture in a modern world.

bruceBruce is our youngest son, he is married to Alison and they have three young boys Lachlan, James and Archer. Bruce completed a Bachelor of Agribusiness at UQ Gatton before commencing work in Agribusiness Banking in 2002.  He has worked in a number of Agribusiness Banking roles throughout QLD, NSW and VIC and is currently based out of Toowoomba as Regional Manager for South West Queensland within the Commonwealth Bank's Regional and Agribusiness Banking team.  He was one of the Youngest Judges appointed to judge at the Royal Queensland Show and has judged a number of rural shows throughout Southern QLD and Northern NSW. He remains active in the Queensland Show movement as an advisor to their board of directors.