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 complimentary 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 at the time of the board appointments each year
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.
If you are a Western Dairy farmer or industry member and would like to attend the next AGM, please contact us.
Review our board’s current Annual Report
Vicki Fitzpatrick, Waroona - Chair
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
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
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
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
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
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