Find out more about Western Dairy's Board of Directors, including qualifications, professional experience and other appointments.
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
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Western Dairy Board
Peter Evans, Jindong - Chair
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
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
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
Andrew Jenkins, Denmark
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
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
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