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Dairy Australia Announces Annual General Meeting and Board Nominees

Dairy Australia will hold an online Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 23 November. 

The AGM will be an opportunity for dairy farmers to vote on Director elections and hear an update from the Chairman, James Mann.

There are two vacancies for the Dairy Australia Board with the retirement of two directors, Paul Wood and Josephine Rozman.

The Dairy Australia Board identified two areas of skills and experience required for incoming Directors and two positions were advertised - a Director with finance and risk management skills and a Director with research, development and commercialisation skills.

Chair of Dairy Australia’s Board Selection Committee (BSC), Tania Luckin said: “Following a  thorough search and interview process Andrew Maughan is selected for the Finance and Risk Management vacancy, and Alan Bell for the Research, Development & Commercialisation vacancy as the Director nominees who best meet the skills requirements of the positions.”

Andrew Maughan brings a broad perspective and general business acumen, senior financial and commercial roles, high level strategic financial experience including operating and capital expenditure management, strong commercial judgement & high- level corporate governance skills.  He has 24 years Board experience in 12 companies, serving as Chair for seven of those organisations, mostly in the food and agribusiness sector, including being a Director of Gardiner Foundation. Andrew has also been a Chair of the Audit Committee in three organisations.

Andrew grew up on a family farm near Tongala, in the Goulburn Valley. As a Director of Gardiner Foundation for seven years, Andrew has engaged in dairy industry activities and events and interacting with dairy farmers and industry stakeholders.

Alan Bell has substantial experience in managing a diverse portfolio of R&D / innovation programs, including 15 years of experience in leading large R&D organisations at Cornell University (USA) and CSIRO. He was interim CEO of Food Science Australia and interim Chief of Food & Nutritional Sciences. He has also led or participated in numerous reviews of R&D programs with a wide range of scientists and producers. Recently, Alan chaired the mid-term review in late 2021 of the DairyFeedbase program managed by Agriculture Victoria, Dairy Australia and the Gardiner Foundation.

Alan grew up on a dairy farm in South Gippsland and received the Australasian Dairy Science Award in 2014 for his dairy research experience mostly in the nutrition and management of dry and transition cows, and is the author of numerous dairy-related publications.

More information on the Director election process, including the processes for nominating a Director are available on the Dairy Australia website. Member nominations for a Director position must be received by 5pm (AEST) Wednesday 31 August 2022.  

All levy payers are eligible to become Members of Dairy Australia and vote at general meetings. A hotline (1800 004 377) and email address have been set up for levy payers to become a Member or check their details are correct. Member details need to be correct on the 12 October 2022 to participate in this year’s AGM. 

Information about how to participate in the AGM and instructions for voting will be provided closer to the date. 


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