Our board is made up of skilled business and community leaders who are all advocates of the industry and are governed by our key principles of accountability, legal compliance, and ethical behaviour.
The Board determines the policies and directions for investing in industry service activities, and approves strategic and operating plans and performance targets.
The Board ensures that 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 Chairman) 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.
Mr. Jeff Odgers, Chair
Mr Odgers owns a dairy farming business near Shepparton Victoria milking 700 cows. He has broad experience in managing large scale farm enterprises in northern Victoria and Tasmania. Mr Odgers is a director of Bega Cheese Limited and was also a Director of Tatura Milk Industries prior to the successful merger of the two companies. His formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Business (Agricultural Management) and an Associate Diploma in Farm Management. He served as a Director of the Murray Dairy Inc. Regional Development Program (2006 – 12) and led the organisation as Chair (2008 – 12).
Appointed November 2013
Member – Audit and Risk Management Committee (from December 2015)
Member - Human Resources Committee (to November 2015)
Dr David Nation
With a career in dairy spanning 20 years, David has a background in agricultural science and has fulfilled various commercial and technical roles inthe animal breeding and herd fertility service industries.
Prior to Dairy Australia, David was Co-Director of DairyBio and DairyFeedbase, and before that Chief Executive Officer of Dairy Futures CRC.
Managing large scale innovation projects, David has also led industry-government partnerships for the dairy industry that have committed to invest over $240 million over a 10 year period.
David is passionate about the power of bringing the dairy industry together, and connecting farmers with people across the government, private and not-for-profit sectors to advance Australian agriculture.
Ms Tania Luckin
For the past 20 years, Tania has been successful in the operation of small, medium and large scale dairy farms and a range of governance roles including Director of the WestVic Dairy Board, 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.
Mr. James Mann
Mr Mann is the owner of Donovan’s Dairying Pty. Ltd. at Wye, South Australia, which is one of the nation’s leading dairy businesses. Mr Mann has been involved in the Australian dairy industry for over 25 years, with experience in farm systems used in dairy farming and agriculture more broadly, across different regions in Australia as well as New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Donovan’s Dairying supplies over 20 million litres per annum and milks 2000 cows. Mr Mann was the Chair of the DairySA Regional Development Program from 2002 – 2015 and has also performed other dairy industry leadership roles.
Appointed November 2015
Mrs. Jan West AM
Member – Human Resources Committee (from December 2015)
Mrs West has more than 35 years’ finance experience with Australian and international listed and private companies, government agencies and community organisations. She was an audit partner of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and retired from the practice in December 2011. Mrs West is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a Graduate Member of the Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne. Mrs West was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001 and appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2007. Mrs West is a Non-Executive Director of Australia Post, the Australian Red Cross, Neurosciences Victoria Ltd. and Melbourne Forum Ltd. She is also an independent member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee of the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance.
Appointed November 2014
Chair - Audit and Risk Management Committee
Professor Paul Wood
Professor Wood has over thirty years’ experience in agricultural R&D. Professor Wood has been successful as both a research scientist and as an R&D leader. He is internationally recognized for his research in veterinary immunology, tuberculosis and vaccine development and is the inventor on a number of patents. He has led R&D 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 and the Clunies Ross award. He has served on several boards with both R&D and commercial entities, currently serves as the Chair of the Agriculture and Foodtech Committee for AusBiotech, and is an Adjunct Professor at Monash University. Professor Wood is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
Appointed November 2016
Member – Human Resources Management Committee
Mr. Graeme Nicoll
Mr Nicoll is a dairy farmer from South Gippsland. He owns and operates a perennial pasture based dairy business, milking a crossbred herd, at Fish Creek in South Gippsland. Mr Nicoll holds qualifications in Science, Land Rehabilitation and Horticulture and 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 the GippsDairy Regional Development Program. He is a member of UDV and has a strong national and international network of agricultural contacts. Mr Nicoll 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
Ms. Emma Braun
Ms Braun is Dairy Australia’s Company Secretary. With over 20 years’ experience practising as a solicitor, primarily as in house counsel, Emma offers significant depth and breadth of expertise in in-house legal services across multiple jurisdictions, in both developed and emerging markets, including countries in South East Asia, South America and the United States. Her experience has included leading the legal function and providing company secretarial support to Boards and Board committees and working with senior management and Boards to implement and maintain corporate governance and risk management frameworks.
Emma completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Melbourne (BA, LLB (Hons.), LLM). She has undertaken further postgraduate governance studies (GradDipACG) with the Governance Institute of Australia and the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University. She is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (UK) and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Appointed February 2017