Western Dairy Board
Western Dairy - Board
Western Dairy is overseen by a skills-based Board of Directors which comprises a dairy farmer majority, including the Chair, and a maximum of two directors with complementary business skills.
Up to two additional directors can be seconded occasionally to provide additional support based on the operational and strategic requirements of Western Dairy. Board appointments are for a three-year term, with an option for a second term. The Annual General Meeting is held between September and December each year.
If you are a Western Dairy farmer or industry member and would like to attend the next AGM, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Western Dairy Annual Report 2018 19PDF, 2.31 MB
Western Dairy Annual Report 2017 18PDF, 8.33 MB
Peter 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 to 2007, WAFarmers Dairy Section President from 2007 to 2012 and Australian Dairy Farmers vice-chair from 2011–2012.
Peter aims to maintain Western Dairy’s effectiveness during this challenging period for the Western Australian dairy industry. He intends to increase industry awareness of the Board and its role and help instill a culture of continuous improvement in WA dairy.
Robin runs a 650-cow dairy in Busselton in partnership with his 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.
Andrew 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.
As a specialist director, Nick makes valuable technical and strategic contributions to the Western Dairy board.
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 industry.
Bonnie and husband Ken are dairy farmers in WA’s Great Southern region. Bonnie believes dairy farming is both challenging and rewarding, and it is critical Dairy Australia’s different physical, financial and environmental resources are used to enhance farm businesses and the industry as a whole.
With a career background in rural lending, Bonnie has developed skills in business financial management, procedural systems analysis and succession planning.
Appointment of Directors
Want to apply?
The Western Dairy Board recommends prospective directors explore and engage in projects and committees to help prepare for the role.
This includes taking up professional development training opportunities and taking time to research the role ahead of nominating and presenting for interview.
Nominees are interviewed by a four-person selection panel chaired by the WAFarmers Dairy Section president.
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.