DairyTas announce new Board positions following AGM

A new chair, deputy chair and two new directors have been named for DairyTas following our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 16 November.

Angelique Korpershoek has stepped down from the position of Chair after two years in the role with Kate Gofton taking the helm from her current role as Deputy Chair, and Ben Maile stepping up to Deputy Chair.


Angelique became a board member to give back to the industry that has provided her with many opportunities in both career and lifestyle and to make a positive contribution to the future direction of dairy farming in Tasmania.


DairyTas thanks Angelique for her leadership as Chair.


Kate Gofton, the newly appointed Chair, and her husband Rodney own and manage Riverdale Dairies near Scottsdale.  Their two properties span an area of 600ha, with a herd of 600 milking cows.


Ben Maile runs a 700 cow spring calving herd in Weegena. Having immigrated from the UK in 2013, Ben saw a strong future in the Tasmanian Dairy Industry and the opportunity to grow strong and sustainable farming operations.


Two new board Directors have also been appointed as part of an independent selection panel process – Luke McNab and Troy Ainslie who take over the Farmer Director positions.


Luke owns and operates a 800 cow robotic dairy at Rocky Cape with his wife Katrina.


Troy currently manages a 540 cow dairy farm at Cressy for Compass Tas Dairy Operations.


Luke and Troy replace David Risbey-Pearn and Richard Duniam, who’ve stepped down after two terms (six years) as Directors. Both brought an abundance of knowledge and skills to the organisation and DairyTas thanks them both for their time and dedication to the Tasmanian dairy industry.


DairyTas Executive Officer, Laura Richardson, welcomed the new Board members saying, “One of the strengths of the DairyTas Board is a structure that ensures there is strong representation from across Tasmania’s dairy regions and dairy farming businesses. This means there is a strong voice for dairy farmers driving the direction of DairyTas and ensuring our activities are relevant and Tasmanian focussed.”


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