Constitutional Review recommendations accepted, Geoff Akers appointed Chair of Dairy Australia

Friday 29 November 2013 | From Dairy Australia

Dairy Australia members voted today at the company’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) to accept all 11 changes to the organisation’s Constitution, proposed by the Constitutional Review Panel.

The most significant changes include increasing the number of Directors with dairy farming experience from three to four, and limiting Director tenure to a maximum of nine years (unless the AGM passes a special resolution). Outgoing Chair, Mr Max Roberts said he was delighted the amendments to the Constitution had been passed.

“Together with reforms introduced at last year’s AGM, the changes voted on today will help make Dairy Australia work even more effectively for the benefit of the nation’s dairy community,” said Mr Roberts.

Also voted and passed at the AGM were: 

  • The election of a new Director, dairy farmer Mr Jeff Odgers from Shepparton Victoria, and re-election to the Board of Mr Bruce Donnison and Dr Alan Grant. 
  • Financial statements and reports for 2012-13 and Directors remuneration for the coming year.

Geoff Akers appointed new Chair

Mr Geoff Akers, a dairy farmer from Tallygaroopna in northern Victoria with extensive experience in dairy research, development and extension has been appointed Chair of Dairy Australia. Mr Akers was appointed to the Dairy Australia Board in 2005 and has worked for Victoria's then Department of Agriculture (Target 10 and Operation Mid Lactation) and at the Kyabram Research Institute. He spent four of six years on the Murray Dairy Board as Chairperson and two years on the National Dairy Alliance Board.

Mr Akers has also served as a Director of Australian Dairy Farmers Board, a Central Councillor of the United Dairy Farmers of Victoria and is a former Chair of the Victorian Farmers Federation Water Council. He is also a former Director of the Northern Victorian Irrigation Renewal Project.

“I thank the Board for their support of my appointment and will strive to bring my broad experience in business, research and dairy farming to the fore at Dairy Australia,” said Mr Akers.

“I would also like to thank Max Roberts for his strong leadership as Chair over the past seven years and wish him well in his future endeavours,” he added.

Dairy Australia is the national services body for the Australian dairy industry. The company acts as the collective investment arm of the industry, investing in essential research, development, extension and industry services.

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