DA board nominees announced

03 Aug, 2017 11:21 AM
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Dairy Australia chair Geoff Akers will be retiring from the board...

Dairy Australia has announced nominees to stand for election to its board as non-executive directors at the annual general meeting in November.

There are two vacancies this year, both for directors with milk producer skills.

The nominees at Graeme Nicoll and Tania Lukin.

Dairy Australia chair Geoff Akers will be retiring from the board as is not eligible to re-stand for a further term as he has reached the maximum tenure under Dairy Australia’s Constitution.

Graeme Nicoll, who was appointed to the Dairy Australia Board earlier this year to fill a casual vacancy, has been nominated as a director with milk producer skills.

Mr Nicoll has worked in the dairy industry for 20 years.

In partnership with his wife Gillian, he has managed a successful dairy business in Gippsland for the past 15 years, and currently milks about 300 cows.

He 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 Department of Primary Industries Dairy Directions Project steering committee and the Dairy Co-operative Research Centre’s Pasture Genomics Project steering committee.

Mr Nicoll was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship in 2010, which enabled him to further his knowledge of dairyfarming 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.

He has formal science qualifications and earlier in his career, he 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 readvertised and was considered along with the other applicants.

Tania Luckin has been nominated for the other vacant position.

Mrs Lukin 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.

Mrs Lukin has owned and operated a number of dairy farms of varying sizes and farming systems in both South West Victoria and South Australia.

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

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

She has formal qualifications in agriculture and business management.

MRs Lukin has won several awards for business management for her dairy farm and a retail business she operated for five years.

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.

Chair of the Dairy Australia board selection committee Geoff Akers said the selected candidates aligned with the board skills matrix, which identified the necessary skills and experience required for the board as a whole.

“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 per cent 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 5pm on Friday, August 25.

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