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The DairyTas Board encourages the development of a Tasmanian dairy industry that is sustainable, vigorous and dynamic, offering economic and social rewards to dairy farmers and the wider community.

DairyTas Board

The DairyTas Board of nine directors is made up of:

  • six Directors who are dairy farmers
  • one Director industry representative
  • one TFGA Representative
  • one TIA Representative

The Board is responsible for achieving the objects of DairyTas as set out in the Constitution. More specifically, the Board’s responsibilities are:

  • Review and approve the strategic direction and financial objectives of DairyTas
  • Provide input and approve strategies, budgets, plans and polices and assess performance against strategies
  • Review and monitor processes and controls to maintain the integrity of accounting and financial records and reporting and approving financial results and reports
  • Appoint the Executive Officer, monitor and review his/her performance and oversee succession planning
  • Review remuneration paid to the Executive Officer and staff to ensure consistency with responsibilities, performance and market rates
  • Ensure risks are assessed and that strategies are in place to manage them
  • Ensure there is effective corporate governance structure and monitoring of performance to ensure high standards of compliance, corporate behaviour and social responsibility
  • Open and transparent accountability to all stakeholders, particularly regional farmers, state farmer organisations and Dairy Australia

Board Members

Tony Clarke - Dairy farmer - Chair


Tony Clarke has since 2011 been a part owner and manager of Whitewater Dairy based in Edith Creek. This enterprise milks in excess of 950 cows on 320HA.

Having grown up on a dairy farm on the North West Coast, Tony has been involved in farming for most of his life with experience in vegetable, beef and irrigation sectors. In 2006 he completed a Masters of Business Administration and for a time worked for the TFGA.

Tony believes the dairy industry has a great future and deserves a prominent position within the Tasmanian economy. However, he believes we can't take our future for granted and wants to promote greater innovation and profitability within the sector. He hopes to contribute to the health and vibrancy of the sector.
   

Angelique Korpershoek -  Dairy farmer - Deputy Chair

Dairy Tas board Angelique Korpershoek

 

Angelique has been farming with her husband Isaac in Forest since 2008, running a 300 Autumn calving Holstein Friesian herd. She is a qualified veterinarian and has worked in private practice's in the UK, Circular Head and currently Burnie.

Angelique is involved in her local discussion groups and is also a key driving member of the Prodairy group in Circular Head who are working towards building a positive image in the dairy industry through promoting and education.

Angelique became a board member to "give back to the industry that has provided her with many opportunities in both career and lifestyle and to make a positive contribution to the future direction of dairy farming in Tasmania"

Angelique is very passionate about educating the younger generations on the career pathways and financial successes the industry can offer and ensuring that despite the challenges of farming that dairy farmers have the tools to continue to farm in a sustainable, efficient and profitable way.


Simon Elphinstone - Dairy Farmer

Dairy Tas board Simon Elphinstone

Simon has been on the DairyTas Board since November 2015 and chair since 2016. Over the last five years, Simon has been the Managing Director of Flowerdale Dairies which has undertaken a dairy conversion that included the implementation of an Automatic Milk system in Flowerdale. The business has now rapidly expanded and now operates two dairy farms.

Prior to being directly involved in dairy farming, Simon had a number of key roles at the Fonterra Wynyard site which included Site Manager, Plant Manager, Production Manager and Quality Manager over a 15 year period. Throughout this time he also completed a number of formal training opportunities that included a Diploma of Business through the Australian Institute of Management in 2005 and a Diploma of Food Technology (Dairy) through the University of Melbourne in 2004.

Simon also sits on the Yolla Producers Co-Operative board and brings broad industry experience, proven results, demonstrated leadership skills and remains passionate about the long term sustainability of the Tasmanian Dairy Industry.

Richard Rawnsley - TIA representative

Richard Rawnsley DairyTas Board 

 

Richard is the Centre Leader for Dairy, Grains and Grazing with the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA). Richard's research include pasture and forage agronomy, biophysical modelling and farm systems research.

Richard was appointed Centre Leader in January 2012 after eight years at the TIA as a Research Fellow. He is actively involved with the Dairy industry, sitting on numerous boards, steering groups, and conference committees. 

Richard was co-lead of the recently completed Sense-t Pasture productivity project. This project combined the domain expertise of the TIA Dairy Centre and the data analytic and software engineering expertise of CSIRO to develop pasture and animal management applications.

Richard’s experience and proven ability to conceptualise and develop innovative R&D is evident by his involvement in national projects for the Australian dairy industry.Including, livestock farming through virtual herding technology, smarter irrigation for profit and making more profit from nitrogen.

Andrew Aldridge - TFGA Representative

Dairy Tas board Andrew Aldridge

Andrew is a second-generation dairy farmer currently share farming 440 cows at Branxholm in the picturesque North East of Tasmania, along with his wife Jenny and their 4 young boys. After leaving school Andrew spent 10 years away from Tasmania engaged in different career pathways that dairy farming offers.

Never one to sit back and since returning to active farm management in 2010, Andrew has become increasingly involved off farm in post farm gate industry and community roles. He is Chair of the Ringarooma Water Users Group, TFGA Dairy councillor and the TFGA Dairy Council Rep on the DairyTas board. He also serves the interest of Tasmanian dairy farmers on the Farming systems and Herd Improvement Policy Advisory Group for Australian Dairy Farmers. And now also the Dairy Representative for the TFGA board.

David Risbey-Pearn - Dairy farmer

Dairy Tas board David Risbey Pearn

After completing a national Diploma in Agriculture in the UK, farming across all fields, then travelling the world, David immigrated to Australia to build a career in the Dairy Industry.

He has share farmed in South Gippsland and owned and operated a dairy farm on the Atherton Tablelands in far north Queensland. In addition to this, he has spent 10 years working in various aspects of the stockfeed industry both as a Territory Manager and ruminant nutritionist.

In 2014 David moved with his family to Tasmania and now manages the Agrilac Dairy in Waterhouse, north east Tasmania. He has had a very rewarding career in the dairy industry and joining the DairyTas board will give him the opportunity to draw on that experience and give a little back to this exciting and diverse industry.

Josh Taylor - Director, Industry Representative

Dairy Tas board Josh Taylor

Josh Taylor joined the DairyTas board in November 2017. Josh operates from the North-West coast as a contract Chief Financial Officer (CFO), with 18 years’ experience as a Certified Practicing Accountant, both in Australia and internationally.

Josh is the Company Secretary for The Van Diemen’s Land Company and was the CFO while the Company operated Australia’s largest dairy business until March 2016. Josh also has experience ranging from transport/logistics with Spirit of Tasmania and aquaculture with Petuna Aquaculture.

Josh was formerly the Accountant for the National Foods (now Lion Drinks and Dairy) across the state’s cheese manufacturing plants. Josh’s exposure to the dairy industry has been lifelong with extended family operating dairy farms both in Tasmania and Victoria. Josh has also recently taken up a position as a board member of AgriTas.

 

Richard Duniam - Dairy farmer

DairyTas Board - Richard Duniam

Sisters Creek dairy farmer, Richard Duniam has a lifetime of experience farming in North West Tasmania having grown up on the family farm that he and his wife now operate.

After sharefarming for a few years alongside his wife Melissa they purchased their first farm in 2004 and have steadily grown the business from there. Currently they operate 4 dairy farms and associated dairy support blocks with a mixed team of sharemilkers and managers. The Duniam’s have chosen to grow the business with an equity partner with Richard overseeing the operations. Richard is a board member of the two shareholding entities which own the business assets.

Richard is very passionate about the dairy industry and the people within it. He enjoys training and developing people to grow in the dairy industry and sees the younger generation as the farmers of the future. He also feels that despite being quite challenging at times the industry is vibrant, with a strong and profitable future.

 

Kristy Evans - Dairy farmer

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Kristy and her partner sharefarm on a split calving 500 cow dairy farm at South Riana. They have been given a fantastic opportunity to progress in the dairy industry which they are both very passionate about.
Kristy works as a Nutrition & Technical Services Manager for Tasmanian Stockfeed Services.
Previously she trained as a Ruminant Nutritionist in Gippsland working for a stock feed mill offering on-farm technical services.
For the past 6 years, Kristy worked for Fonterra Australia in various roles and over the last two and a half years as the Regional Manager for milk supply. This has given Kristy knowledge in a range of production systems from an on farm and business perspective and also in the corporate sector.
Kristy is excited by the opportunity to join the DairyTas board and use her experience and knowledge to represent Tasmanian dairy farmers and promote the industry.

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