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Dairy NSW is a company limited by guarantee run by a skills-based Board of Directors. Review our board members skills and backgrounds here.

Dairy NSW Board of Directors

The Board of seven directors is made up of:

  • Four Directors who are dairy farmers with diverse farming system backgrounds and/or diverse geographic Dairy NSW regions, and 
  • Three Directors with specialist skills and experience in business, governance and industry.

All Board members have a substantial dairy farmer contact base. 

The Board meets bi-monthly to chart the direction and policies of Dairy NSW. The Board acts in accordance with the Dairy NSW constitution and the law in aiming to create and build substantial value for the dairy industry through the setting of effective strategies and financial objectives for the organisation. 

The Board's charter is implemented and managed by the Regional Manager who acts as Company Secretary to the Board.

Review the Board's current Annual Activity Report and Annual Operating Plan.

Find out about current Dairy NSW Programs on offer and register for upcoming sessions. 

Jane Sherborne
Chair

 Dairy NSW Board of Directors Jane Sherborne 

Jane is a dairy farmer and advocate for the NSW dairy industry. Specifically, Jane promotes the development and delivery of research, development and extension is region specific and meets the needs of NSW dairy farmers.

Jane serves as an active member on several state and federal industry committees, utilising these experiences to build successful cross-sector partnerships

Delia Dray
Director

 Dairy NSW Board of Directors Delia Dray 

Delia is a former senior executive of the NSW Government and current Director of the Burrendong Botanic Garden and Arboretum Trust.

Delia contributes significant skills and experience in corporate governance, organisational performance and strategic planning to the Dairy NSW Board. Delia also has specific expertise in research and development management and family farming enterprises.

James Neal
Deputy Chair

 James Neal - DairyNSW Deputy Chair

James Neal is a fifth generation innovative dairy farmer. For the past 10 years he has been milking 700 cows on the family dairy farm on Oxley Island, near Taree on Mid North Coast. He has extensive agricultural research development and extension skills working for NSW Primary Industries and completing a PhD at the University of Sydney investigating forage water use efficiency. Given the persistently dry conditions over the last few years this knowledge has proved invaluable for growing and utilising pasture as efficiently as possible, critical to remain profitable at a time when cost increases are generally much greater than milk price increases. 

To improve uptake of research locally, James has been involved in on-farm research demonstrations to improve pasture production in autumn when forage is most limiting and alternative feed are expensive. He has a strong focus on profitability, as it is critical for the NSW dairy industry to be viable and successful for future generations of dairy farmers. 

Tony Burnett
Skills-based representative 

 Tony Burnett - DairyNSW Skills Based Representative 

Tony joined the DNSW Board in October 2018 and currently sits on the Strategic Direction committee. His unique skill set covers farm management, business ownership and processing experience within the industry. Innovative extension services to help drive on farm profitability is one area of interest for Tony. Currently the northern regional manager for Dairy Farmers Milk Cooperative. Tony is also passionate about working collaboratively with all industry stakeholders throughout the dairy supply chain to ensure a long-term viability for all participants. 

Andrew Smith
Farm Representative

 Andrew Smith - Dairy Australia Farm Representative 

Andrew is currently the Dairy Manager of Moxey Farms, Gooloogong and is a registered veterinarian, graduating with first class honours from Charles Sturt University in 2018. Andrew has a passion for the profitability, sustainability and growth of dairy businesses, growing up in a family dairy business and dedicating his tertiary education to building a strong grounding in dairy production, including time spent studying in both New Zealand and the USA.

Andrew brings with him innovative ideas, endless enthusiasm and a genuine passion for the prosperity of the dairy industry. His vision for Dairy NSW is to provide quality extension to farmers, support valuable and targeted research, and drive a culture of continuous improvement amongst the NSW farmer group.

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