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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 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

Grant Evans, Busselton - Chair

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. 

 

 

Vicki Fitzpatrick, Waroona - Vice 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

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. 

 

 Ruben Zandman, Lion

Appointed 2015

Ruben has developed his career in dairy and ag business, including a period as share farmer/equity partner for a large dairy farming operation in Mt Gambier. Ruben has been working for Lion Dairy and Drinks as the company's WA farm service manager since 2014.

Ruben holds a bachelors in applied science, majoring in agricultural finance and a Master's in business administration, majoring in finance.  

 

 

Mat Daubney, Northcliffe

Appointed 2015

Mat founded the vertically integrated Bannister Downs dairy business at Northcliffe in 1994, at that time converting the family's beef farm to dairy.

Mat believes that growth around milk supply, new entrants and investment are key drivers to success management and has a keen interest in developing and growing the WA dairy industry. 

 

Andrew Jenkins, Yelverton

Seconded 2017

With a growing portfolio of projects and events and responsibilities, the board took the opportunity to add a seconded director to its team in 2017 in order to strengthen the number of farmers sitting at the boardroom table and share the workload of planning, monitoring and evaluating the activities of Western Dairy from a farmer perspective. 

Andrew farms with his wife Claire at Yelverton and also owns a dairy farm in Denmark, which is operated by a share-farmer. 

 

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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