Deanna McNaughton is CEO and co-owner of Knights, an iconic family owned butcher shop and food providore in Wagga Wagga.

Before taking on the challenge of this fantastic local business, Deanna’s unique career path began with a passion for photography. Graduating from CSU Wagga with a BA (Photography), Deanna started her own business specializing in weddings and portraiture, whilst working at a local camera store. This led to 10 years bookkeeping for the family farming enterprises, whilst running her own freelance business and raising 3 children.

Deanna and her husband James purchased Knights in October 2009, expanding the business with the addition of the gourmet delicatessen. A female CEO within a predominantly male industry, Deanna’s passion for fine food and entertaining has helped her lead Knights from strength to strength.

This was recognized in Deanna’s recent win of the Wagga Wagga Business Chamber 2013 Crow Award for Most Outstanding Business in the region.

Farming is close to her heart having been raised on the land, a country girl passionate about quality food, supporting regional communities and economies and the wonderful rural people. Deanna loves travelling, meeting people, learning new things, food and wine but most of all her family and friends.