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

Western Dairy Board

Western Dairy is run by a skills-based Board of Directors. Our Board of five members comprises:

  • A dairy farmer majority, including our Chairman of the Board
  • 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

Board appointments are for a three-year term, with an option for a second term. The Annual General Meeting is held between September and November each year.

Download the Notice of Western Dairy AGM 2019 here.

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 2017-18 Annual Report here

Vicki Fitzpatrick, Waroona -  Chair

Appointed 2016

Vicki brings to the board a unique combination of dairy science and extension knowledge together with farming experience. Vicki holds of Masters of Biological Science and runs a split-calving 180-cow herd at Waroona with her husband Luke.Vicki has worked for government research agencies as well as conducted her own private consulting practice, specialising in nutrient and grazing management. 

Brian Piesse, Boyanup - Vice Chair

Appointed 2013

Brian brings a wealth of corporate governance experience to the Western Dairy board, holding a number of company directorships across the regional development and educational sectors.

Brian maintains an active interest in agricultural and agribusiness opportunities in Western Australia, and is the Managing Director and owner of several retail and manufacturing businesses in the south west and great southern. 

Grant Evans, Busselton

Appointed 2014

Grant farms in Busselton, running the family dairy enterprise that milks 850 cows. As chairman of the board, Grant plays an active role in the development of Western Dairy.

Grant has gained significant exposure and insight into succession planning through his own experiences on the family farm. as well as training in the wheatbelt, bringing a breadth of real world skill to our board.

Grant Evans took to the wheatbelt for three seasons to gain experience in other forms of farming before returning home to Busselton and the family farm in February 2005.   

He is now well into a succession planning journey of purchasing the family's dairy enterprise that milks 850 cows. 

Grant chairs the Young Dairy Network reference group. 

 

 Andrew Jenkins, Yelverton

Appointed 2018

Andrew together with his wife Claire operates a 650ha leased dairy property at Yelverton, milking 550 cows and producing 5.7 million litres of A2 milk annually. He is also developing their Denmark dairy business which is currently operationally managed by lower order share farmers. This business has grown to 500 cows producing 4.6 million litres of milk annually.

Andrew was co-opted to the board of Western Dairy in 2017 but took the opportunity to move into an appointed position in 2018.  Andrew brings to the board a valuable combination of skills. He has a keen interest in astute business management, pasture production and genetics. 

 

 

Nick Brasher, FarmWest


Appointed 2018

Nick is a director of FarmWest - WA’s only data processing and distribution herd improvement centre, based in Bunbury -  a business he purchased with his parents Rod and Maxine in 2011.

He has travelled extensively throughout Australian and international dairy industry and has an extensive understanding of the profit drivers of dairy. 

Nick has a life-long passion for the dairy industry and 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 joining the Western Dairy board Nick makes an excellent technical and strategic contribution to the board table.

 
 

Appointment of Directors

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. In this process, Western Dairy is committed to meaningful succession planning and alongside this, the intention 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

 

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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