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Dairy Australia Board

Dairy Australia's Board is made up of skilled business and community leaders who are all advocates of the industry. They are governed by Dairy Australia's key principles of accountability, legal compliance and ethical behaviour.

The Board determines the policies and directions for investing in industry service activities. It approves strategic and operating plans and performance targets.

The Board ensures 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 Chair) 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.

James Mann

James is the owner of Donovan’s Dairying Pty Ltd at Wye, South Australia, which is one of the nation’s leading dairy businesses. James has been involved in the Australian dairy industry for over 25 years, with experience in dairy farming and agriculture more broadly across different regions of Australia as well as New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Donovan’s Dairying supplies over 20 million litres per annum and milks 2,000 cows. James was the Chair of DairySA from 2002 to 2015 and has also performed other dairy industry leadership roles.

Appointed Chair in July 2020

Appointed November 2015

Member – Audit and Risk Management Committee (from December 2017)

Member – Human Resources Committee (to November 2017)

    Dr David Nation
    Managing Director

    David was appointed Managing Director of Dairy Australia in July 2018. Prior to his appointment, he was a co-Director for both DairyBio and DairyFeedbase and was Director of Dairy Strategy and Investment Planning for both Agriculture Victoria Services and Dairy Australia.

    In that role, David was a major driver for Dairy Australia in developing large innovation projects in partnership with the Victorian Government and jointly managed two of the key initiatives – DairyBio and DairyFeedbase.

    David has experience in managing large-scale science initiatives, including past roles as Chief Executive Officer of Dairy Futures Cooperative Research Centre and in program management at Dairy Australia. David has also had technical and commercial roles in the animal breeding and herd fertility service industries.

    Appointed July 2018

      Russell Abotomey

      Russell has more than thirty years’ experience in the agricultural sector and twenty years in the dairy industry. He has held senior executive roles in Leadership, Sales and Marketing, Product Promotion, Product Development & Innovation and Supply Chain, with Kraft Foods, Fonterra Co-operative Group, CSR Sugar and Murray Goulburn Co-operative. He has worked and lived in Australia, New Zealand and UK and had responsibility for markets including Europe, Russia, Asia and China.

      Russell currently consults with Gordian Global Solutions working with senior executive teams on Leadership and Strategic Planning.

      Russell has strong financial experience and held an executive director position at Mainland Dairies (now Fonterra Australia) and non-executive director positions for the Australian Sugar Milling Council and the Danone Murray Goulburn joint venture. He has a Bachelor of Business Degree from Swinburne University and completed the Executive Development Program at Kellogg Business School and the Agribusiness Leadership Program at Harvard Business School.

      Appointed November 2021.

        Roseanne Healy

        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 Grains Research and Development Corporation, Chair of Dairysafe SA and Chair of VineHealth Australia. She 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 Australian Institute of Company Directors’ International Company Directors Course.

        Appointed November 2018

        Member – Audit and Risk Management Committee

          Simone Jolliffe
          Simone and her husband established their herd in 2001 as sharefarmers, purchasing the family’s property in 2008 near Wagga
          Wagga in NSW where they milk 250 cows. Simone is actively involved in all aspects of the farm and business, including livestock, pastures, finances and staffing.

          Simone has held a range of industry roles at local, state and national level over many years. They include Australian Dairy Farmers, Dairy NSW and DataGene Boards, Sustainability Framework Steering Committee and NSW Primary Industry Minister’s Advisory Council.
          She has also been actively involved in a wide variety of community organisations.

          She is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program and Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) placing a high importance on transparency, accountability, governance and communication with stakeholders.

          Appointed November 2021.
            Tania Luckin

            Tania owns and operates a dairy farming business in south-west Victoria. She has more than 20 years' experience in the successful operation of small, medium and large-scale dairy farms and a range of governance roles including as a Director of WestVic Dairy, 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)

              Paul Roderick

              Paul Roderick has operated his family dairy farm at Harrisville, south-east Queensland for the last 27 years.

              Paul has been involved in all facets of dairy off-farm with roles in advocacy, research, development and extension. He was previously Chair of Subtropical Dairy, Dairy Australia’s Regional Development Program, and had a role in setting up the Young Dairy Network (YDN) Queensland as the young farmer delegate on the Inaugural Strategic Steering Committee.

              He was a Director on Premium Milk Ltd (negotiating group with Lactalis) for 11 years and is a member of the Australian Dairy Conference Board.

              He is an active member of both the local and dairy communities which include roles in the Fassifern Rugby League Football Club for over 25 years (current President), Hayes Oval Inc President, the local ANZAC Committee, and a current Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation District Councillor.

                Josephine Rozman

                Josephine is an experienced company director with strong finance, risk and accounting skills gained through executive and Board roles at Elders Limited, Wine Australia Corporation and AustOn Corporation (a subsidiary of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan) which invests in Australian agriculture.

                Appointed November 2019

                Chair - Audit and Risk Management Committee

                  Professor Paul Wood AO

                  Paul has over 30 years’ experience in agricultural research and development with success as both a research scientist and leader. He is internationally recognised for his research in veterinary immunology, tuberculosis and vaccine development and is the inventor on a number of patents.

                  Paul has led research and development 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 for Research Achievement and the Clunies Ross Award.

                  He has served on several boards for both research and development 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 P&R Wood Partners.

                  Paul is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

                  Appointed November 2016

                  Member – Human Resources Management Committee

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