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Jenny Wilson
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

 Murray Dairy Staff Jenny Wilson CEO Chief Executive Officer 

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
CEO
Phone: 03 58335313
Email: jennyw@murraydairy.com.au

Please contact Jenny for information regarding Murray Dairy corporate and board activities, partnership opportunities and industry information.

Lisa Birrell
Regional Extension Officer

 Murray Dairy Staff Lisa Birrell Regional Extension Officer 

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
Regional Extension Officer
Phone: 03 5833 5313
Email: lisab@murraydairy.com.au

Please contact Lisa for service and extension information.

Ross Read
Regional Extension Officer

 Murray Dairy Staff Ross Read Regional Extension Officer

Extension Coordinator, after operating his own dairy business for 25 years as well as most recently working for hay and grain company, Feed Central as a Supply Manager. 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 Australian Dairy Federation. Ross was a participant in one of Murray Dairy's first Focus Farms. 

Contact

Ross Read
Regional Extension Officer
Phone: 03 5833 5916
Email: rread@murraydairy.com.au

Please contact Ross for service and extension information.

Lisa Menhenett
Regional Extension Officer

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 
Regional Extension Officer
Email: lisam@murraydairy.com.au

Please contact Lisa for service and extension information.

       

Lachlan Barnes
Regional Extension Officer

 Murray Dairy Staff Lachlan Barnes Regional Extension Officer

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
Regional Extension Officer
Phone: 03 5833 5917
Email: lachlanb@murraydairy.com.au

Please contact Lachlan for service and extension information.

       

Amy Fay
Project Manager

 Murray Dairy Staff Amy Fay Accelerating Change

Amy is Project Manager for the Accelerating Change Project of Murray Dairy. 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.

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 positions as Chair of VFF Young Agribusiness Professionals and Chair of the NFF Innovation Committee.      

Contact

Amy Fay
Project Manager - Accelerating Change
Phone: 03 5824 5535
Email: amyf@murraydairy.com.au

Please contact Amy for information and services about Murray Dairy's major projects.

   

Harriet Bawden
Communications and YDN 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
Communications and YDN Coordinator
Phone: 03 5833 5927
Email: hbawden@murraydairy.com.au

Please contact Harriet for media enquiries, media opportunities and Young Dairy Network information.

   

Melva Tyson
Regional Extension Officer

 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
Regional Extension Officer
Phone: 03 5833 5205
Email: melvat@murraydairy.com.au

Please contact Melva for service and extension information.

   

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
Project Administrator Officer
Phone: 03 5833 5312
Email: meganb@murraydairy.com.au

Please contact Megan for project administration forms, information and processes.

   

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
Project Administrator Officer
Phone: 03 5833 5312
Email: lizb@murraydairy.com.au

Please contact Liz for project administration forms, information and processes.

   

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