Lisa Dwyer resigns as farmer representative for Dairy Australia

Dairy leader: Hawkesdale farmer Lisa Dwyer.

Dairy leader: Hawkesdale farmer Lisa Dwyer.

South-west dairy leader Lisa Dwyer has resigned from her position as Dairy Australia board director.

Mrs Dwyer’s step-down from the national industry body was announced at the annual general meeting last week, following the completion of a two-year tenure. 

The Hawkesdale farmer said there was an element of sadness to her departure. 

“I enjoyed enormously my time on the board,” she said. 

“It was very professional from the board right through the leadership roles, management team and staff with a real focus on delivering value to levy payers.” 

Mrs Dwyer said the move would give her more time to focus on her other roles and her Kangertong farm business. 

Dairy Australia chair Geoff Akers thanked Mrs Dwyer for her contribution and encouraged members to consider joining the board. 

Applications for the now vacant position will close on Friday. New and familiar faces were elected to various positions at the meeting, adding to the board’s reshuffle this year. 

Monash University professor Paul Wood – AusBiotech Agriculture and Foodtech Committee chair – has filled the research and development skills vacancy.

The Clunies Ross medal recipient has received significant recognition for his work, having lead teams at CSIRO and CSL.

Mr Jeff Odgers – first appointed in 2013 – was re-elected as milk producer director and Jan West – first appointed in 2014 – was re-elected as finance and accounting skills director.

“It is my pleasure to welcome Paul as a new director to the board and I congratulate Jeff and Jan on their re-appointments,” Mr Akers said. “I would also like to take this opportunity to thank retiring director Dr Alan Grant for his service to the board and industry.”

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