Our Executive Team
Dairy Australia’s Executive Leadership Team is responsible for the day-to-day activities of the organisation. It is also responsible for ensuring Dairy Australia delivers against the performance targets set out in our strategic and operational plans. The Executive Leadership Team comprises:
Group Manager - Trade and Industry Strategy
Charlie McElhone joined Dairy Australia (DA) as Group Manager – Trade & Industry Strategy in June 2012, the division responsible for facilitating profitable international trade of Australian dairy products and providing information, analysis and market intelligence to the Australian dairy industry. This includes ensuring the industry’s interests are upheld in the vital area of international trade policy reform, as well as providing factual advice on potential impacts of domestic policies in areas such as water, carbon and chemicals regulation.
Charlie came to DA from the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF), where he was the General Manager of Policy. Apart from overseeing all policy activities of the NFF, he also took primary carriage of the organisation’s advocacy in the Economics and Trade portfolios and lead NFF’s efforts on carbon mitigation policy in relation to the carbon tax and the Carbon Farming Initiative.
Group Manager - Farm Profit and Innovation
Chris leads the Farm Profit and Innovation Group which invests in research, development, extension and education activities to support the profitability, sustainability and competitiveness of Australian dairy farmers. Chris has been involved in the dairy industry for his entire career largely focused on extension and on-farm change. Originally from a dairy farm in Northern Victoria, Chris has worked in the field with two dairy companies and has been involved in rural retailing and wholesaling, including on-line information provision. Chris spent 6 years at Dairy Australia previously working in the farm business management area and with the Regional
Development Programs. Chris rejoined Dairy Australia in 2011 after two years
in New Zealand with DairyNZ implementing their extension strategy.
B. Agr. Sci. MBA Joined 2011
Group Manager Marketing and Communications
Kendra has significant experience and qualifications in Marketing, Corporate Communications and PR, most recently as a Marketing Manager with Coles Express and prior to that, holding a variety of senior management roles at Baker’s Delight, including General Manager Marketing, Group Marketing Manager and Group Corporate Communications Manager.
Kendra has been responsible for entire portfolios spanning brand advertising, marketing, product development, PR, media relations, franchise engagement, reputation management, and internal/external communications.
Group Manager - Finance and Business Operations/Corporate Communications
Ross leads the Business Operations group, incorporating the Business and Organisational Performance (which includes Finance, Corporate Planning, Human Resources and Information Technology) and Corporate Communications groups. He is also Dairy Australia’s Company Secretary.
Ross has worked as a corporate lawyer and in a range of senior management roles. He has a broad range of commercial experience in areas including operations management, corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, human resources and internal audit.
LLB (Hons), Dip Corporate Management, FAICD, FCIS
Appointed February 2010