DFMC Board of Directors

The DFMC Board’s primary role is to manage the business of the Co-operative, provide leadership and ensure maximum returns to members. Currently there are eight board members: seven DFMC members elected by the membership base and one independent director appointed for their expertise in finance and business management.

Board members are elected for four year terms. The chairman is then elected by the DFMC Board at the first board meeting after each annual general meeting.

DFMC’s Executive Officer also meets with the Board, but is a non-voting member.

Meet the DFMC Board of Directors

Duncan McInnes

Duncan McInnes

Chairman

Duncan McInnes was appointed to the DFMC Board in 2004 and was elected Chairman in 2013. He first bought part of the family farm at Harrisville at the age of 19. Today, along with his wife, two brothers and their families, the dairy at Harrisville now produces 4 million litres of milk annually.

Duncan has extensive management experience, previously serving on a number of boards including Australian Co-operative Foods. He has also held elected positions within the Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation and has represented the industry at local, state and national levels. He is also a Councillor with the Royal National Association and a Councillor for Scenic Rim Regional Council.

Andrew Burnett

Andrew Burnett

Director

Andrew Burnett was elected to the Board in 2011 and is currently the Chair of the Policy Committee.

Andrew has previously worked in the cotton industry and now runs a farm in Gympie in South East Queensland with his wife, Fiona, and their two sons. Their dairy business produces around 2.3 million litres of milk from 350 cows.

He has an Associate Diploma in Applied Science and has completed the Rabobank Executive Development Program for primary producers.

John Bywater

John Bywater

Independent Director

John Bywater became a Director of the DFMC Board in 2011 having spent more than 20 years in supply management in the dairy industry.

John previously worked for Dairy Farmers Limited and then National Foods when it bought Dairy Farmers in 2008. Following the sale, he worked in a transition role to integrate the milk supply bases and dairy supplier services of both organisations. He has also worked for the Queensland Department of Primary Industries.

He holds a Bachelor of Business (Rural Management) from the University of Queensland and a Post Graduate Diploma in Information Processing from the University of Southern Queensland.

Steven Downes

Steven Downes

Director

Steven Downes was appointed to the DFMC board in November 2013.

Steven is a fourth generation dairy farmer at Jamberoo on the South Coast of New South Wales and is currently building his herd of 120 milkers. Before taking over his family’s dairy business in 2010, he worked at Macquarie Bank and National Australia Bank where he specialised in currency markets and agribusiness.

He has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Sydney and is currently undertaking an Advanced Diploma in Agribusiness Management from the National Centre for Dairy Education Australia.

James Geraghty

James Geraghty

Director

James Geraghty has been a member of the DFMC Board since 2009 and works, with his wife Sari, on their dairy farm in Millaa Millaa on the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland.

His family moved to the area from Lismore in 1932 and have been dairy farming since then. James purchased his farm with his parents in 1981. James and his wife currently milk 230 cows year round and have an annual production of 1.4 million litres a year.

James is the District Chairman and State Councillor for Far North Queensland for the Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation and has an Advanced Diploma in Agriculture.

Grant Sherborne

Grant Sherborne

Director

Grant Sherborne was appointed to the DFMC board in November 2013. His dairy, Willow Vale, is located at Burrawang in the Southern Highlands, New South Wales.

He has been involved in the day to day running of the farm since he left school. Grant is a passionate advocate for the industry and served as a DFMC ward representative for Southern Highlands from 2002 to 2013. He has been involved with the Cows Create Careers program and his local dairy industry group, DIG South Coast.

Grant has an Advanced Diploma of Agriculture and has also completed a director training course.

Cameron Hodge

Cameron Hodge

Director

Cameron brings with him experience gained from 12 years involvement ont he customer representative committees of the two Goulburn Murray Water irrigation districts, nine years on the local primary school council, including a two year term as chair and five years on the local hospital board where he is servicing his second stint as chairman.

He studied at Yanco Agricultural college and holds a Certificate in Agriculture and an Advanced Certificate in Irrigation Management. Cameron recently completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ course.

Adrian Dauk

Adrian Dauk

Director

Adrian Joined the DFMC Board in November 2016 as an interim Director, passionate & driven
about the dairy industry. Along with his wife Holly & 3 young children bought Holly’s parents dairy
business 18 months ago. The dairy is a pasture based system that employs 2 staff and milks 180
Holstiens. Adrian participates in Dairybase benchmarking and has 10 years experience in the dairy
industry. Being a part of a cooperative such as DFMC is important to him. His farm produces 1.4
million litres annually.

Meet DFMC’s Executive Officer

Mark Kebbell

Mark Kebbell

Executive Officer

Mark Kebbell joined Dairy Farmers Milk Co-operative as Executive Officer in October 2016 and is responsible for the operations of the co-operative, including the development and implementation of its strategic vision in conjunction with the Board.

Before joining DFMC, Mark held general management positions in the automotive services sector including Assist Australia, Allianz Insurance and Manheim.

Mark has a Bachelor of Business Studies from Massey University in New Zealand and an MBA (Exec) from the University of Queensland.