Stephen spent 30 years as a dairy farmer including 9 years as secretary of the local Landcare group and 17 years on the Board of an agricultural co-operative. He now lives in Tatura and runs a retail business while continuing a long history of community involvement as Chair of GV Agcare and representing the Goulburn Valley on the Board of AgBiz Assist.
Peter is a Certified Practising Accountant who has worked with regional farm businesses over many years. His fields of experience have been in the strategic planning and financial management aspects of agricultural economics, at business and industry levels. He is also a committee member of development bodies which work broadly with agriculture to build regional economic strength and opportunities.
Tim is passionate about sustainable agribusiness and regional communities. He is a Lecturer in Agribusiness in the School of Business at La Trobe University and is focussed on understanding the factors impacting agribusiness sustainability and resilience. Tim has an Honours degree in Agricultural Science and a PhD in Agriculture, a Masters of Environmental Laws and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
With 38 years’ experience in the public sector, Deborah has had broad exposure to rural communities, small business, community service organisations and statutory authorities in all states of Australia. She is aware of many of the financial and bureaucratic challenges faced by rural communities and industries. As a hobby farm owner, Deborah is also an active member of the Indigo Valley community and a CFA volunteer. Deborah has qualifications in accounting, tax, economics and law.
Wayne has been on our Board since 2012. Over the past 15 years Wayne has been involved with Landcare, in particular with the Ovens Landcare Network and the North East Catchment Management Authority. He has helped develop, support and organise many projects encouraging sustainability in the rural areas of North East Victoria. Wayne also runs a small rural business involved in sustainable water use. He currently lives on a small beef cattle property in the Upper Ovens area.
A Chartered Accountant and partner in Belmores Accounting Yarrawonga, Chris provides a range of accounting and business advisory services to farming and regional businesses in North East Victoria and South West NSW. He was the inaugural treasurer of North East Agcare Rural Financial Counselling Service. Chris has a broad acre farming background and is involved in many community organisations.
John brings with him a raft of specialist experience from within the financial sector where his strong business development, networking and relationship management skills are highly regarded. His collaborative approach to business is a valuable asset within his role with the Commonwealth Bank Group and is complimentary to the development plans of the organisation.
As a fourth generation primary producer and the current Chair of a regional development program for farmers in the Murray region, Karen has a deep understanding of the dairy industry both at production and industry levels.
She also has a keen interest and strong track record of involvement in research, development and extension in regional policy and economic development and is an active leader in a range of commercial and community organisations.
Chris has extensive knowledge in corporate governance, strategic planning, social welfare/community development, policy development and risk management. He holds a Masters of Applied Science (Rural Regional Development); Diploma of Management Practices and Masters of Corporate Leadership. Chris works through his own consulting business in the area of people development. He has a wealth of experience in the dairy industry, regional development and community organisations.