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About the team

Chris Hood

Chris is a Director and shareholding partner in Watco East West. He has had more than 25 years involvement in agricultural policy, production and particularly in agricultural logistics across a number of commodities. Chris is passionate about making rail transportation in Queensland great once more and is more than happy to discuss your requirements with you.

Nikki Bradshaw
Vice President – Operations

Nikki has extensive experience in the Australian rail industry. Nikki’s career in rail began in 2009. Over her journey she has acquired skills in administration, customer service, leadership development, scheduling, accounts, network operations, rail infrastructure, rollingstock, and management. Nikki is a strong advocate for customers, ensuring that Cattle Train provides safe and efficient service for customers.

Yasmin Donvenekham
Customer Account Manager

Yasmin’s career spans a breadth of experiences, from her time in the Australian Army to 12 years of dedicated Practice Management in the healthcare sector. Recently, she has specialised in Supply Chain and Logistics, excelling particularly in intermodal containerised freight planning and operational management. This expertise has led her to transition into customer-facing Account Management, where she is excited to support Watco and work closely with clients to achieve mutual success and drive positive outcomes together.

Brigitte Ackerman
Cattle Bookings Coordinator

Brigitte has extensive experience in accounting and administration in a range of businesses over many years. She is focused on the need for efficient day to day service to customers and will be a key contact to ensure the train bookings system runs smoothly.

Ross Peatling
Livestock Coordinator

Ross has enjoyed a long and successful career in the Australian pastoral industry having worked his way up from a first-year jackaroo to managing a number of large pastoral holdings including nearly 25 years as the Manager of Alexandria, the largest cattle property in the Northern Territory owned by the North Australian Pastoral Co (NAPCO). Ross has loaded more cattle on trucks and trains than he cares to remember and has an excellent on the ground knowledge of what it takes to manage the complicated business of livestock logistics.