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Dairy NSW Board of Directors

Dairy NSW is a company limited by guarantee run by a skills-based Board of Directors. The Board is made up of:

  • Four directors who are dairy farmers with diverse farming system backgrounds and from diverse geographic Dairy NSW regions
  • Two directors with specialist skills and experience in business, governance and industry

All Board members have a substantial dairy farmer contact base.

The Board meets bi-monthly to chart the direction and policies of Dairy NSW. The Board acts in accordance with the Dairy NSW constitution and the law in aiming to create and build substantial value for the dairy industry through the setting of effective strategies and financial objectives for the organisation.

The Board's charter is implemented and managed by the Regional Manager who acts as Company Secretary to the Board.

Review the Board's Annual Activity Report and Annual Operating Plan below.

Find out about current Dairy NSW programs on offer and register for upcoming sessions.


  • Dairy NSW Annual activity report 201718

    PDF5.31 MB
  • Dairy NSW AOP 201617

    PDF193.13 KB
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James Neal

James Neal is a fifth generation dairy farmer. For the past 10 years he has been milking 700 cows on the family dairy farm on Oxley Island, near Taree on the mid-north Coast. He has extensive agricultural research, development and extension skills having worked for the NSW Department of Primary Industries. He has also completed a PhD at the University of Sydney investigating forage water-use efficiency. Given the persistently dry conditions over the last few years, this knowledge has proved invaluable for growing and utilising pasture as efficiently as possible, which has been critical in remaining profitable at a time when cost increases are generally much greater than milk price increases. 

To improve uptake of research locally, James has been involved in on-farm research demonstrations to improve pasture production in autumn when forage is most limiting and alternative feeds are expensive.

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    Jane Sherborne
    Deputy Chair

    Jane is a dairy farmer and advocate for the New South Wales dairy industry. Specifically, Jane promotes the development and delivery of research, development and extension that is region-specific and meets the needs of NSW dairy farmers.

    Jane serves as an active member on several state and federal industry committees, utilising these experiences to build successful cross-sector partnerships

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      Delia Dray

      Delia is a former senior executive of the NSW Government and current Director of the Burrendong Botanic Garden and Arboretum Trust.

      Delia contributes significant skills and experience in corporate governance, organisational performance and strategic planning to the Dairy NSW Board. Delia also has specific expertise in research and development management and family farming enterprises.

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        Tony Burnett
        Skills-based Representative

        Tony joined the Dairy NSW Board in October 2018 and currently sits on the Strategic Direction committee. His unique skill set covers farm management, business ownership and processing experience within the industry. Innovative extension services to help drive on farm profitability is one area of interest for Tony, who is currently the Northern Regional Manager for Dairy Farmers Milk Cooperative. Tony is also passionate about working collaboratively with all industry stakeholders throughout the dairy supply chain to ensure a long-term viability for all participants.

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          Andrew Smith
          Farmer Representative

          Andrew is currently the Dairy Manager of Moxey Farms, Gooloogong, and is a registered veterinarian, graduating with first class honours from Charles Sturt University in 2018. Andrew has a passion for the profitability, sustainability and growth of dairy businesses, growing up in a family dairy business and dedicating his tertiary education to building a strong grounding in dairy production. This included time spent studying in both New Zealand and the United States.

          Andrew brings with him innovative ideas, endless enthusiasm and a genuine passion for the prosperity of the dairy industry. His vision for Dairy NSW is to provide quality extension to farmers, support valuable and targeted research and drive a culture of continuous improvement amongst the NSW farmer group.

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            Graeme Hollis
            Independent Director

            Graeme Hollis is endorsed as an independent, skills-based director with specialist skills in corporate governance and business affairs, directly address the priorities of the board as identified by the skills matrix process. Graeme holds a Bachelor of Rural Science (Hons), a Masters of Sustainable Agriculture, a Masters of Business Administration and numerous short course qualifications in strategic planning, leadership and organizational effectiveness. Graeme is currently the Director of Business Services for Invetus Pty Ltd following a career in Agribusiness and Finance.

            Graeme presents as a dedicated professional with a track record in finance and more recently governance within the private sector, as well as having a broad experience across multiple agricultural sectors. Graeme has a strong understanding of the culture of the dairy industry, and has excellent professional, interpersonal communication, and strategic thinking skills.

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              Andrew Farr
              Farmer Director

              Andrew Farr is endorsed as a Farmer Director of Dairy NSW. Andrew operates a 320-cow dairy farm at Singleton in the Hunter Valley through a leasing arrangement, giving him eligibility for this position and bringing diversity in geographic location and ownership structure to the board. Andrew demonstrates a thorough understanding of DNSW, it’s priorities and projects. He has a breadth of understanding of the challenges that farmers face and presents as a good listener and a sound thinker. The selection committee is confident that Andrew can make a positive contribution to the board of Dairy NSW, giving strong consideration to the range of farmers and farm systems which the organisation seeks to serve.

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