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We're regionally focussed and locally-based, find out about Murray's staff member backgrounds, skills and experience here.

Jenny Wilson
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

 Jenny Wilson 

Jenny has worked with the Victorian State Government for a number of years in the agricultural sector. Most recently as Program Manager of Dairy and Irrigation Services in the Hume region for the Department of Economic Development Jobs, Transport and Resources.

Jenny has a passion for agriculture in the Murray region and a desire to achieve quality outcomes for the dairy industry overall. Jenny enjoys working closely with dairy farmers and building productive relationships across the industry.

Jenny graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental Science from Charles Sturt University. Jenny also holds an Advanced Certificate in Sustainability, a Diploma of Project Management and, a Diploma of Applied Science (Laboratory Management).      

Contact
Jenny Wilson
Phone: 03 5833 5313
Email: jennyw@murraydairy.com.au

Lisa Birrell
Regional Extension Officer - Feedbase & Animal Nutrition

 Lisa Birell 

Lisa has a Bachelor in Agricultural Science and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and has worked in the dairy industry for over 15 years. She has also worked as a specialist dairy nutrition consultant, and for over 9 years worked as an Area Manager for Fonterra Australia, working with farmers from Kerang to Swanpool to Wagga Wagga.

Lisa's skill-base is focussed on cow nutrition and pasture management, and she has delivered a number of courses in her time at Murray Dairy, including Feeding Pastures for Profit, Develop Livestock Feeding Plans and in the past Transition Cow Management and InCalf. 

Contact
Lisa Birrell
Phone: 03 5833 5313
Email: lisab@murraydairy.com.au

Ross Read
Regional Extension Officer - Animal Performance

Murray Dairy Staff Ross Read 

After operating his own dairy business for 25 years as well as working for hay and grain company, Feed Central, as a Supply Manager, Ross took up a role with Murray Dairy as Extension Officer in Animal Performance. Ross has experience in the area as both a farmer and service provider and has developed and maintained relationships with many of Murray Dairy's key stakeholders.

Ross has also participated in the Developing Dairy Leaders Program run by Dairy Australia and the Australian Dairy Federation. Ross was a participant in one of Murray Dairy's first Focus Farms.

Contact
Ross Read
Phone: 03 5824 5535
Email: rread@murraydairy.com.au

Lisa Menhenett
Regional Extension Officer - Land, Water, Carbon & Farm Safety

Murray Dairy Staff Lisa Menhenett Regional Extension Officer

Prior to joining Murray Dairy, Lisa spent four years working with the Bega Cheese field team as an Environment and Sustainability officer.
Lisa has extensive experience in natural resource management and has been involved in developing and delivering a range of Murray Dairy extension programs.

Contact
Lisa Menhenett
Phone: 03 5833 5927
Email: lisam@murraydairy.com.au

Melva Tyson
Regional Extension Officer - People & Workforce Development

Murray Dairy Staff Melva Tyson Engagement & Communications Officer

Melva joined Murray Dairy in mid-2015, managing the organisation's communications. Melva is now a Regional Extension Officer, focusing on Workforce Development.

By joining Murray Dairy, Melva has a sense of arriving home, having grown up on a farm in NW Victoria, before study took her to the big smoke. Melva and her husband Alan live and are raising three wonderful boys, 6 chooks and a Labrador, in Tatura, Victoria. Here, Melva is actively involved in the community as a member of the Tatura Amateur Basketball Association committee.

With professional qualifications in both Chemistry and Training, Melva brings with her extensive experience in the communications, education, agricultural, water, laboratory science, industry training and media sectors.

Contact
Melva Tyson
Phone: 03 5833 5205
Email: melvat@murraydairy.com.au

Lachlan Barnes
Regional Extension Officer - Farm Business Management

 Murray Dairy Staff Lachlan Barnes

Lachlan joined Murray Dairy in June 2016 after ten years with Agriculture Victoria. He has held several roles including Irrigation and Dairy Program Manager Northern Region, Biosecurity Area Leader Northern region as well as the role of Site Leader for the Tatura site of the Department of Economic Development Jobs, Transport and Resources.

Contact
Lachlan Barnes
Phone: 03 5833 5917
Email: lachlanb@murraydairy.com.au

Amy Fay
Strategic Projects Manager

Murray Dairy Staff Amy Fay Accelerating Change

Amy came to Murray Dairy as Project Manager for the Accelerating Change project. Her current role involves the management of Strategic Projects across change management and future directions for the dairy industry in northern Victoria.

Amy grew up on the family farm in Western Victoria where she experienced the ups and downs of the cropping industry through various seasonal conditions, and took this understanding exploring a wide degree of studies in Agricultural Science at University of Melbourne, Deakin, University of New England and Charles Sturt University.

Before moving to Northern Victoria, Amy worked in project management and policy development for Dairy Australia, The Federal Department of Agriculture and the Grains Research and Development Corporation. Her enthusiasm for advancement in agriculture is shown through her previous positions as Chair of VFF Young Agribusiness Professionals and Chair of the NFF Innovation Committee.

Contact
Amy Fay
Phone: 03 5824 5535
Email: amyf@murraydairy.com.au

Harriet Bawden
Young Dairy Network and Communications Coordinator

Murray Dairy Staff Harriet Bawden

Harriet was the Project Officer for Murray Dairy's Accelerating Change project prior to commencing her role as the organisation's Communications and Young Dairy Network Coordinator.

Before coming to Murray Dairy Harriet was employed as a Supervisor in the Federal Government's Green Army conservation program. She directed several teams completing ecosystem rehabilitation projects, pest and weed control and flora and fauna surveys across the Mornington Peninsula.

Harriet has a Bachelor of Communication from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Sustainability from the University of New England. As part of her Masters, Harriet completed a research project with NRM staff in the Victorian and Tasmanian dairy industries comparing systems and strategies for effluent management.

Contact
Harriet Bawden
Phone: 03 5833 5927
Email: harrietb@murraydairy.com.au

Shane Byrne 
Program Development Manager - Feeding Systems

Shane Byrne

Shane's role as the Program Development Manager of Feeding Systems focuses on the development of extension material to support different feeding systems and the use of alternate forages, particularity in areas affected by changes in climate and water availability such as northern Victoria. 

Shane has a wealth of experience in the dairy industry, having run his own farm in Kyabram for 12 years before joining the service sector. Shane spent over 10 years with Agriculture Victoria in research and extension across a range of areas including: soil management, irrigation and drainage and grass control. He also spent 6 years teaching secondary science. Most recently, Shane held a role as Field Officer for Murray Goulburn/Saputo. 

Contact
Shane Byrne
Phone: 0402 971 593
Email: shane.byrne@dairyaustralia.com.au 

Megan Bicknell 
Project Administrator Officer

Murray Dairy Staff Megan Bicknell Project Administrator Officer

Megan joined the Murray Dairy team in January 2015 as Project Administration Officer. Megan has worked professionally in the financial and legal administration field for over 20 years.

Megan brings a wealth of administrative experience to the team enabling the organization to achieve its goals. Having grown up in the area, Megan enjoys supporting and learning more about the dairy industry in the region.

Contact
Megan Bicknell
Phone: 03 5833 5312
Email: meganb@murraydairy.com.au

Liz Byrne
Project Administrator Officer

Murray Dairy Staff Liz Byrne Project Administrator Officer

Liz has been with Murray Dairy since mid-2015. In her role, Liz assists with the organization of events, manages the Murray Dairy website and associated data, and provides general administration support to Murray Dairy staff.

Liz has worked in the dairy industry for many years in a number of roles including, pasture and animal research with Agriculture Victoria, milk quality control with Tatura Milk Industries and running a dairy farm with her husband for 15 years.

Liz enjoys working with and helping people in the community. She had held a number of voluntary service positions with the local Kyabram community where she is still actively involved in the Kyabram Netball Association.

Contact
Liz Byrne
Phone: 03 5833 5312
Email: lizb@murraydairy.com.au

   

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