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Find out more about Western Dairy's Board of Directors, including qualifications, professional experience and other appointments.

Introduction

Western Dairy is overseen by a skills-based Board of Directors which comprises:

  • A dairy farmer majority, including the Chair
  • A maximum of two directors with complementary business skills
  • Up to two additional directors can be seconded from time-to-time to provide additional support based on the operational and strategic requirements of Western Dairy

Appointing new directors to the Western Dairy board happens each year. Initially, Western Dairy calls for nominations, then selections are made before the AGM between September and November. Board appointments are for a three-year term, with an option for a second term. 

Western Dairy is committed to meaningful succession planning and aims to develop both new and future leaders in the WA dairy industry. As such, the board has a philosophy of nurturing young people who express an interest in Western Dairy director roles. Read more about the process of appointing Directors at Western Dairy

If you are a Western Dairy farmer or industry member and would like to attend the next AGM, contact executive officer Esther Jones esther@westerndairy.com.au

Download our 2018-19 Annual Report here

Download our 2017-18 Annual Report here

 

Western Dairy Board

Peter Evans, Jindong - Chair

Appointed 2019.

Peter Evans farms at Jindong with son Grant, milking 850 cows in a split-calving herd on 488 hectares. He is a passionate dairy industry advocate, having been Western Dairy chair from 2005-2007, WAFarmers dairy section president from 2007-2012, and Australian Dairy Farmers vice-chair from 2011-2012.

Peter aims to maintain Western Dairy’s effectiveness during this challenging period for the WA dairy industry. He intends to increase industry awareness of the Board and its role and help instil a culture of continuous improvement in WA dairy.

 

Robin Lammie, Busselton - Vice Chair

Appointed 2019.

Robin Lammie runs a 650-cow dairy in Busselton in partnership with son Wesley. Aside from his long family history of dairying, Robin and his wife Betty have several business interests including previously owning and operating Bunbury Freight Service for 17 years.

Robin believes that industry best practice will lead to the best returns and considers Dairy Australia leadership and extension in grass-driven production systems vitally important to the WA industry.          

Brian Piesse, Boyanup 

Appointed 2013.

A Muresk graduate, Brian Piesse brings a wealth of corporate governance, strategic planning, risk management and business development experience to the Western Dairy Board. He is a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management, and has held senior executive roles in international chemical, fertiliser and agribusiness companies, as well as directorships across local government, regional development and educational sectors.

Brian is currently President of the Shire of Donnybrook Balingup, Deputy Chair of the South West Catchments Council, Deputy Chair of the Warren Blackwood Alliance of Councils, and a member of the Edith Cowan University Council.

Andrew Jenkins, Denmark

Appointed 2018.

Andrew Jenkins farms with wife Claire at Denmark. He was co-opted to the board of Western Dairy in 2017 and moved to an appointed position in 2018. Andrew has a keen interest in business management, pasture production and genetics, and contributes a valuable combination of skills and experience to the Western Dairy Board. 

Nick Brasher, Bunbury

Appointed 2018.

Nick Brasher is a director and owner of Bunbury-based FarmWest - WA’s only herd improvement data processing and distribution centre. He has a life-long passion for the dairy industry and through his role at FarmWest is focused on helping WA dairy farmers to become more profitable via astute use of genetics, data and new technologies.

As a specialist director, Nick makes valuable technical and strategic contributions to the Western Dairy board.

Scott Hamilton, Hithergreen

Appointed 2019.

Scott Hamilton and wife Sharon share-farm at Hithergreen milking a split calving herd of around 235 cows. Born in New Zealand, Scott came to Western Australia in 1986 and has farmed on the current property of O’Neill Partners since 2003.

Scott has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from Massey University and a Master of Science Degree from Murdoch University. He aims to advocate for business sustainability and promote education within the WA Dairy industry.

  
 

Initiatives

DataGene

DataGene is an independent and industry-owned organisation responsible for driving genetic gain and herd improvement in the Australian dairy industry and is an initiative of Dairy Australia and industry.

Making herd diets simple: Rumen8

Rumen8 is a free application to help increase dairy cow milk production and reduce feed costs. Rumen8 is easy to use and is supported by the Western Dairy team, register today.

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