Bruce is recognised nationally and internationally as a thought leader in the reshaping of the national primary industries innovation system. Until July 2013, Bruce was Deputy Secretary with the Department of Environment and Primary Industries, fulfilling senior advisory roles to industry, State and National Governments. Bruce also has a deep understanding of the investment, evaluation and delivery of research, development and extension, extensive relevant Board experience as well as a track record of brokering significant partnerships and joint ventures.
Member: Finance, Audit, Investment & Risk Committee
Member: Human Resources, Governance & Communications Committee
Member: Community & People Development Committee
Andrew is currently Managing Director of corporate advisory firm Somerset Capital and is Chairman of food and agriculture companies AgLink (IDH Pty Ltd), Langdon Group, The Pastoral Pork Company and AGnVET. He is a Director and Investment Committee member of the Norman Beischer Medical Research Foundation.
Andrew has previously been an Independant Director of the Pork CRC, Chairman of Bradflow and a Director of the Mt Hotham Alpine Resort. Before founding Somerset Capital in 1999, Andrew worked for Cargill (USA, Canada and Australia), Hudson Conway Limited and legal firm Freehills.
Chair: Finance, Audit Investment & Risk Committee
Judith is the former Chief Executive Officer of the not-for-profit community organisation, Alannah and Madeline Foundation and Chair of the Consumer Advisory Panel at Walter + Eliza Hall Institute. She also holds director positions with the Cure MND Foundation, Children's Rights International, Leadership Victoria and the Young and Well Co-operative Research Centre. Judith was named the Telstra Australian Business Women of the Year in 2001 and awarded the Centenary Medal for service to the Australian Society in Business Leadership in 2003.
Chair: Community & People Development Committee
Chair: Human Resources, Governance & Communications Committee
Naomi has been an active member of the dairy industry for over 20 years through roles with United Dairyfarmers Victoria, Victorian Farmers Federation, Australian Dairy Farmers Federation and WestVic Dairy. She has ten years' experience on government boards, previously Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority and currently Southern Rural Water. Naomi is a graduate, and member of Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Member: Finance, Audit, Investment & Risk Committee
René successfully led Fonterra’s global foodservice business to double digit growth using world-leading technology, innovative products and a breakthrough business model. He is particularly passionate about driving positive change and empowering leaders to grow. Prior to joining Fonterra René worked in senior sales, marketing and operations positions with the Mars Corporation.
René holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Charles Sturt University, NSW, Australia. He has served as non-executive Director on the Riddet Institute Board since March, 2016; is on the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Board as the manufacturers representative Director; is on the board of Darnum Dairy Products a joint venture between Darnum Park Pty Ltd and Beingmate (Australia) Pty Ltd; and is on Monash University’s Food and Agriculture Initiative Advisory Board. Born in Belgium and raised in Orange NSW, René lives in Melbourne with his wife and two children.
A former public sector senior executive with a strong background in science and research, strategy and thought leadership, Clive has also been a senior executive consultant to government, agricultural industry, agribusiness and university sectors in governance reviews, strategy development, technology commercialisation, partnerships and joint ventures, capability development and performance evaluation. He has a deep understanding of national agriculture RD&E, combined with his leadership and understanding of innovation systems. Clive has extensive relationships across stakeholders of the Australian dairy industry and has utilised his industry relationships to enable him to create an extensive range of collaborations and partnerships to achieve joint benefits for parties.
Ashley was appointed as People & Community Development (PCD) Projects Coordinator in August 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Communications (Public Relations) from RMIT and has a strong background in media, advertising, marketing and stakeholder management. Her previous experience working in a creative advertising agency equipped Ashley with a proficient level of exposure to regional Australia and New Zealand working with Agricultural and Machinery clients. She has also worked in one of Australia’s leading media publications where she worked with motoring and machinery dealer associates. Working with the PCD program, Ashley has been able to develop strong relationships across the dairy supply chain as well as successfully plan and implement our events since commencing her role with the Gardiner Dairy Foundation.
Jainesh was appointed to the role of Finance Manager in May 2014 and took over as the Company Secretary following the 2014 AGM. Jainesh possesses over 14 years of experience in various Finance and Accounting roles held over a myriad of industries, of which the previous eight years have been in the not-for-profit sector. Jainesh's notable roles include Program Finance Manager at the United Nations Development Program based in Fiji, and most recently as the Finance Manager at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, a subsidiary company of the University of Melbourne.
Caitlin was appointed as Gardiner Dairy Foundations Business Manager in February 2015. She is a Director of the Future Farmers Network Board and spent almost three years as Industry Development Manager with the Australian Fodder Industry Association. She has social media and sales and marketing experience in the agricultural space and spent a year in Scotland as an Agricultural exchange student.
Having an extensive background in the dairy industry, Jenny joined the Gardiner Dairy Foundation in June 2007 and is responsible for the office management, administrative, financial and team support functions. She also provides administration support to the Chairman and Chief Executive.