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.
Jeff Odgers, Chair
Jeff 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. 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. He served as a Director and Chair of the Murray Dairy
Inc. Regional Development Program.
Appointed November 2013; appointed Chair November 2017
Ex-officio member – Audit and Risk Management Committee and Human Resources Committee (from December 2017)
Dr David Nation, Managing Director
David was appointed Managing Director of Dairy Australia in July 2018. Prior to his appointment, David was a co-Director for both DairyBio and DairyFeedbase, and Director of Dairy Strategy and Investment
Planning (Agriculture Victoria/Dairy Australia). David has experience in managing large-scale science initiatives, including as Chief Executive Officer of the Dairy Futures Cooperative Research Centre.
Appointed 30 July 2018
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 Board of the Grains Research and Development Corporation, Chair of Dairysafe SA and Chair of VineHealth Australia and 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 AICD’s International Company Directors course.
Appointed November 2018
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 MBA (Executive) (MBS) and a Graduate Diploma of Business (Management) (Monash).
Appointed November 2018
Member – Australian Institute of Company Directors
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.
Appointed November 2017
Member – Human Resources Management Committee (from February 2018)
James is the owner of Donovan’s Dairying Pty Ltd at Wye, South Australia, which supplies over 20 million litres per annum and milks 2,000 cows. He 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 Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. James was the Chair of the DairySA Regional Development Program from 2002 to 2015.
Appointed November 2015
Member - Audit and Risk Management Committee (from December 2017)
Member - Human Resources Committee (up to November 2017)
Jan West AM
Jan has more than 35 years’ finance experience with Australian and internationally 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. Jan is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors. Jan was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001 and appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2007. Jan 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
Paul has over 30 years’ experience in agricultural R&D as both a research scientist and as an R&D leader. He is internationally recognised for his research in veterinary immunology, tuberculosis and
vaccine development and is the inventor on a number of patents. He has received 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. Paul is also a Director
of the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
Appointed November 2016
Member - Human Resources Management Committee
Graeme 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. Graeme holds qualifications in Science, Land Rehabilitation and Horticulture and was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship in 2010. His industry roles have included Deputy Chair and Chair of the GippsDairy Regional Development Program.
Appointed January 2017
Member – Human Resources Management Committee
Emma Braun, Company Secretary
Emma completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at The University of Melbourne. She has undertaken further postgraduate governance studies with the Governance Institute of Australia
and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (UK) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Appointed February 2017