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Dairy Australia Leadership Team

Our leadership team provides strategic direction and manages the investments, priorities and goals in our strategic and operational plans. It also manages our day-to-day operations.

Dr David Nation
Managing Director

With over 25 years’ experience in dairy, David has a comprehensive understanding of industry issues and operations. He has a doctorate in agricultural science and has held commercial and technical roles in animal breeding and herd fertility service industries. He has also led dairy innovation projects. Before joining Dairy Australia, David was co-Director of DairyBio and DairyFeedbase and Chief Executive Officer of the Dairy Futures Cooperative Research Centre.

BSciAg (Hons) PhD, Grad. Cert Bus Mgmt, GAICD 

Appointed 2018

    Charlie McElhone
    General Manager Trade & Industry Strategy

    Charlie leads the Trade and Industry Strategy team which is responsible for facilitating profitable international trade for Australian dairy products. His team provides information, analysis and market intelligence to the Australian dairy industry. Charlie has extensive experience in the agriculture and food sector in policy, advocacy and analysis of market dynamics. Before joining Dairy Australia, Charlie was the General Manager of Policy with the National Farmers Federation.

    BAgrEc, GDip (International Business), MBA, GAICD 

    Appointed 2012

      Greg Jarman
      General Manager Farm Profit & Capability

      Greg leads the team that invests in research, development, extension activities and education to support the profitability, sustainability and competitiveness of Australian dairy farmers. He has over 20 years’ experience in agriculture, covering operations, innovation, growth, finance, people and capability development. Greg held management roles with Costa Group, Nutrano Produce Group and Hancock Natural Resource Group. As a past chair of Raspberry and Blackberries Australia, he oversaw the creation of a combined berry peak industry body.

      BAppSci (Hort) MBA

      Appointed 2021

        Verity Ingham
        General Manager Regional Services

        Verity leads our regional teams and Regional Development Program boards. She has worked in government, industry and the corporate sector with experience in leadership, consultancy, extension, project management, boards and rural business management. Verity has served on private company and industry boards as a director and executive, and combines strategy and action to deliver results. With a farming background, Verity understands farm businesses and rural communities.

        BAppSci (Ag) GradDip (Ed), GAICD 

        Appointed 2019

          Kendra Campbell
          General Manager Marketing & Communications

          Kendra is responsible for industry marketing, corporate and farmer communications, digital experience and design. She has over 20 years’ experience in marketing, corporate communications and public relations. Her previous roles include Marketing Manager of Coles Express, and General Manager Marketing and Group Corporate Communications Manager with Bakers Delight Holdings. Kendra’s extensive experience covers marketing, brand management, digital communication, public relations, media relations, stakeholder engagement and issues management.

          BBus (Marketing) 

          Appointed 2017

            Helen Dornom
            General Manager Sustainability

            Helen is responsible for sustainability, food safety and integrity. She has worked with the CSIRO, the Australian Dairy Industry Council and the Australian Dairy Products Federation. Helen is experienced in research, development and extension strategies, issues management, supply chains, regulatory standards and policy frameworks. She has worked on the International Dairy Federation/Food and Agriculture Organisation guides, the Global Dairy Sustainability Framework and the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative.

            BAgrSc, GAICD 

            Appointed 2008

              Imogen McBain
              General Manager Human Resources

              Imogen is a human resources professional with over 12 years’ experience. She has worked in diverse industries including engineering, consulting, media/technology and property development. Imogen brings specialist experience in employee relations, human resources technology and analytics and has a keen interest in talent management. Previous roles include managing the HR function at Caydon Property Group.

              MCom (HR) BAppSc (Psychology) 

              Appointed 2018

                Firoz Divecha
                Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Services
                Firoz leads the Corporate Services team with overall responsibility for Finance, Strategy, Project Management Office, Risk and Compliance, Information Technology and Legal. As the CFO, he ensures Dairy Australia makes investment decisions that deliver the greatest value to our dairy farmers and shaping a profitable and sustainable dairy industry. He has over 25 years local and international (India and UAE) experience as a senior executive across multiple industries including not-for-profit, food manufacturing, printing and coding, automotive and auditing.

                Qualified CPA (Australia) and Qualified Chartered Accountant (India).

                Appointed 2023
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