New Dairy Australia board nominees

HEYWOOD’S Tania Luckin has been nominated for the Dairy Australia board.

Mrs Luckin, her husband Stephen and their farm team operate a 500 cow dairy farm.

She 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. 

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

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

The election will be held at Dairy Australia’s November annual general meeting.

Graeme Nicoll, of Gippsland, has also been nominated.

Dairy Australia Board Selection Committee chair Geoff Akers said the candidates aligned with the 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. 

NOMINATED: Tania Luckin, right, has been nominated for a position on the Dairy Australia board. She is pictured with her husband Stephen.

NOMINATED: Tania Luckin, right, has been nominated for a position on the Dairy Australia board. She is pictured with her husband Stephen.

Mr Nicoll has worked in the dairy industry for 20 years, in partnership with his wife Gillian.

They have managed a successful dairy business in Gippsland for the past fifteen years, and currently milks approximately 300 cows.

Graeme Nicholls.

Graeme Nicholls.

He also served on the board of the GippsDairy Regional Development Program for five years and was chair 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.

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. Both will require more than 50 per cent of the votes to be elected.