Fishy farmer nominates for Dairy Australia board

Flying flag: Fish Creek dairy farmer Graeme Nicoll is selecting election to the board of Dairy Australia.


FISH Creek dairy farmer Graeme Nicoll has nominated for election to the board of Dairy Australia.

He is among candidates standing for two vacancies this year, for directors with milk producer skills.

Nominees will stand for election to the board as non-executive directors at the annual general meeting in November.

Mr Nicoll was appointed to the Dairy Australia Board earlier this year to fill a casual vacancy.

“I believe in the dairy industry and its importance to many rural communities around Australia,” he said.

“Dairy is a $3 billion industry in Gippsland and this doesn’t happen without continued investment in research, development and extension and Dairy Australia plays the lead role in this space in Australia.”

He has worked in the dairy industry for 20 years. In partnership with his wife Gillian, he has managed a successful dairy business for the past 15 years and milks approximately 300 cows.

Mr Nicoll served on the board of the GippsDairy Regional Development Program for five years and was chair of that board for two years.

He has also provided inputs to various scientific initiatives for the dairy industry, and has served as a member of the DPI’s Dairy Directions Project Steering Committee and the Dairy Co-operative Research Centre’s Pasture Genomics Project Steering Committee.

A Nuffield Scholarship in 2010 enabled him to further his knowledge of dairy farming systems and enhance his network of national and international agricultural contacts, which assists him in keeping abreast of the latest technological developments in the dairy industry. Mr Nicoll has formal science qualifications and earlier in his career, worked as a horticulturist and in the soil science division of CSIRO.

In January 2017, Mr Nicoll was appointed to fill a casual vacancy on the Dairy Australia board. He applied for the role when it was re-advertised and was considered along with the other applicants.

Tania Luckin has been nominated for the other vacant position.

Tania has been farming for 20 years in Australia. Together with her husband Stephen and their farm team, she operates a 500 cow dairy farm in Heywood, South West Victoria.

She has been actively involved in industry projects and governance, and served on the Bonlac Supply Company Board from 2014 – 2016.

Tania is currently a member of the board of the WestVic Dairy Regional Development Program and a member of the Dairy Industry Advocacy Review Team.

Dairy Australia invited applications for the vacancies earlier this year. An industry selection committee conducted the formal process leading to the recommendation of the two candidates to the Dairy Australia Board.

Geoff Akers, chair, Dairy Australia Board Selection Committee, said the selected candidates align with the board skills matrix, which identifies the necessary skills and experience required for the board.

“The Selection Committee was impressed by the skills and diversity of applicants this year and feel Tania and Graeme will make valuable contributions to Dairy Australia and the Australian Dairy industry,” Mr Akers said.

All candidates will require more than 50% of the votes cast at the Dairy Australia 2017 AGM to be elected.

Where an applicant wishes to nominate separately to the Board Selection Committee process, they can submit their nomination in writing, supported by signatures from at least 100 Group A members of Dairy Australia. Nominations must be received by Dairy Australia by 5.00pm on Friday 25 August 2017.

Dairy Australia is the national services body for the Australian dairy industry. The company acts as the collective investment arm of the industry, investing in essential research, development, extension and industry services with the goal of making dairy farms more profitable.

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