Dairy Australia Board

Dairy Australia's Board is made up of skilled business and community leaders who are all advocates of the industry. They are governed by Dairy Australia's key principles of accountability, legal compliance and ethical behaviour.

The Board determines the policies and directions for investing in industry service activities. It approves strategic and operating plans and performance targets.

The Board ensures policies and systems are in place to manage risk and ensure high standards of accountability, ethical behaviour and legal compliance. The Board is comprised of eight non-executive directors (including the Chair) and the Managing Director.

In short, the Dairy Australia Board:

  • Guides and monitors Dairy Australia on behalf of its members
  • Is accountable to Dairy Australia members
  • Meets about 10 times each year in regional and metropolitan locations

Under Dairy Australia's Constitution, a third of the positions on the Board are vacated each year and an election held is to fill the vacancies. Directors are nominated on a skills basis by an industry selection committee.

Group A members are able to vote for nominated Directors at Dairy Australia's Annual General Meeting, which is held in November.

James Mann

James is the owner of Donovan’s Dairying Pty Ltd at Wye, South Australia, which is one of the nation’s leading dairy businesses. James has been involved in the Australian dairy industry for over 25 years, with experience in dairy farming and agriculture more broadly across different regions of Australia as well as New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Donovan’s Dairying supplies over 20 million litres per annum and milks 2,000 cows. James was the Chair of DairySA from 2002 to 2015 and has also performed other dairy industry leadership roles.

Appointed Chair in July 2020

Appointed November 2015

Member – Audit and Risk Management Committee (from December 2017)

Member – Human Resources Committee (to November 2017)

    Dr David Nation
    Managing Director

    David was appointed Managing Director of Dairy Australia in July 2018. Prior to his appointment, he was a co-Director for both DairyBio and DairyFeedbase and was Director of Dairy Strategy and Investment Planning for both Agriculture Victoria Services and Dairy Australia.

    In that role, David was a major driver for Dairy Australia in developing large innovation projects in partnership with the Victorian Government and jointly managed two of the key initiatives – DairyBio and DairyFeedbase.

    David has experience in managing large-scale science initiatives, including past roles as Chief Executive Officer of Dairy Futures Cooperative Research Centre and in program management at Dairy Australia. David has also had technical and commercial roles in the animal breeding and herd fertility service industries.

    Appointed July 2018

      Jeff Odgers

      Jeff owns an expanding dairy farming business on properties near Shepparton, Victoria. He has over 30 years’ experience managing large-scale farm enterprises in northern Victoria and Tasmania. He has a strong understanding of Australian dairy systems and their evolution and intensification, particularly over the past decade.

      He served as a Director of Murray Dairy for six years, including four as Chair. Jeff became a Director of Dairy Australia in 2013 and has led the organisation as Chair since 2017, being re-elected to this position in 2019.

      Jeff is a Director of Bega Cheese Ltd. His formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Business (Agricultural Management) and an Associate Diploma in Farm Management.

      Appointed November 2013; re-elected Chair in November 2019 - July 2020

      Ex-officio member – Audit and Risk Management Committee and Human Resources Committee (from December 2017)

        Tania Luckin

        Tania owns and operates a dairy farming business in south-west Victoria. She has more than 20 years' experience in the successful operation of small, medium and large-scale dairy farms and a range of governance roles including as a Director of WestVic Dairy, Director of the Bonlac Supply Company and Chair of the Warrnambool CBD Committee.

        Tania holds an Advanced Diploma of Agriculture and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Agribusiness Management.

        Appointed November 2017

        Member – Human Resources Management Committee (from February 2018)

          Graeme Nicoll

          Graeme is a dairy farmer from south Gippsland, Victoria. He owns and operates a perennial pasture based dairy business, milking a crossbred herd at Fish Creek.

          Graeme holds qualifications in horticultural and dairy science and land rehabilitation. He was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship in 2010, which provided him with the opportunity to study the global dairy industry.

          His industry roles have included Deputy Chair and subsequently Chair of GippsDairy. He is a member of United Dairyfarmers of Victoria and has a strong national and international network of agricultural contacts. Graeme brings a deep passion for the dairy industry and extensive knowledge of dairy farming systems and technologies to the Dairy Australia Board.

          Appointed January 2017

          Member – Human Resources Management Committee

            Professor Paul Wood AO

            Paul has over 30 years’ experience in agricultural research and development with success as both a research scientist and leader. He is internationally recognised for his research in veterinary immunology, tuberculosis and vaccine development and is the inventor on a number of patents.

            Paul has led research and development teams from CSIRO, CSL and Pfizer Animal Health (now Zoetis). He has been responsible for bringing a number of innovative products to the market, receiving recognition for his work including the CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement and the Clunies Ross Award.

            He has served on several boards for both research and development and commercial entities, currently serves as the Chair of the Agriculture and Foodtech Committee for AusBiotech and is an Adjunct Professor at Monash University. Paul is also a Director of the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines and P&R Wood Partners.

            Paul is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

            Appointed November 2016

            Member – Human Resources Management Committee

              Roseanne Healy

              Roseanne is an experienced non-executive director who has served on the boards of not-for-profit and ASX listed companies, as well as statutory corporations in the agribusiness and innovation sectors.

              Roseanne is currently Deputy Chair of the Grains Research and Development Corporation, Chair of Dairysafe SA and Chair of VineHealth Australia. She was a former Director of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation. She holds a BA (Economics), Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Research (Commerce) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ International Company Directors Course.

              Appointed November 2018

              Member – Audit and Risk Management Committee

                David Lord

                David is an experienced dairy industry leader with extensive capabilities in strategic planning and implementation, leadership and corporate governance.

                David has served as CEO and Managing Director of Parmalat Australia Ltd, Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory Company Ltd, and most recently as President and Chief Operating Officer at Saputo Dairy Australia.

                David holds an Master of Business Administration (Executive) and a Graduate Diploma of Business (Management) and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

                Appointed November 2018

                  Josephine Rozman

                  Josephine is an experienced company director with strong finance, risk and accounting skills gained through executive and Board roles at Elders Limited, Wine Australia Corporation and AustOn Corporation (a subsidiary of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan) which invests in Australian agriculture.

                  Appointed November 2019

                  Chair - Audit and Risk Management Committee

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