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Dairy Australia appoints new directors to board

Dairy Australia members voted today to elect three candidates to the board of the organisation at the company’s Annual General Meeting in Melbourne.

James Mann, David Lord and Roseanne Healy have been elected to the board to fill the director vacancies, each of the three roles requiring unique skills and expertise.

The new appointments further strengthen Dairy Australia’s focus on the whole of supply chain, processing, markets, food and sustainability.

Dairy Australia Chair, Jeff Odgers said, it was with great pleasure that he welcomed Mr Lord and Ms Healy as directors to the board and he congratulated Mr Mann on his re-appointment.

“As the industry faces new challenges it is important that we have experienced hands to help navigate a changing operating environment.

“I feel confident the board has the right mix of expertise to support our future direction,” Mr Odgers said.

“Innovation and adoption are also top of mind as we begin work on the next strategic plan,” Mr Odgers said.

After fulfilling an initial term on the board of Dairy Australia, James Mann has been re-elected as a director to fill the milk producer position on a three-year term.

James brings to the board over 30 years’ experience in the dairy industry, having been instrumental in developing one of Australia’s leading dairy businesses, Donovan’s dairying and was also the Chair of the DairySA board for 10 years.

David Lord has been elected to fill the three-year term director role with a dairy processing background, for his extensive experience in fast-moving consumer goods and industrial food products.

David previously served as CEO and Managing Director of Parmalat Australia, Warrnambool Cheese & Butter and most recently, Saputo Dairy Australia.

“Having spent most of my life in and around the dairy industry, agribusiness and food production, it’s a privilege to be elected to serve industry as a member of the Dairy Australia board,” David Lord said.

“From my experience in both the domestic and export markets, I will bring to Dairy Australia a unique perspective on dairy manufacturing and processing, marketing and innovation.”

The final candidate, Roseanne Healy, has been elected to the board for a two-year term, filling the agribusiness, innovation and adoption vacancy.

Roseanne’s strong experience in the agriculture sector spans across her current board roles at including Deputy Chair of the Grains Research and Development Corporation, Chair of Dairysafe and Chair of VineHealth Australia.

“I believe Australian dairy has a great story to tell and welcome the opportunity to contribute to its future success,” Roseanne Healy said.

“As Australia’s third largest rural industry, dairy as sector, plays an influential part in shaping Australia’s identity, reputation, investment attraction and prosperity.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Dairy Australia board and look to share my deep understanding of Australia’s R&D system, and how technology, data and the digital economy can accelerate innovation to deliver solutions.”

Dairy Australia invited applications for the vacancies earlier this year. An industry selection committee conducted the formal process leading to the nomination of the three candidates by the Dairy Australia board.

Media enquiries:

Cassie Whelan — Public Relations Manager, Dairy Australia
03 9694 3756 I 0422 677 476 I cassie.whelan@dairyaustralia.com.au

Susan Hunter — Media Relations Manager, Dairy Australia
03 9694 3727 I 0417 540 059 I susan.hunter@dairyaustralia.com.au

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