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Board of Directors

The Board of Director's primary role is to establish direction, monitor the performance of managers, and oversee the financial accountability of Genetics Australia on behalf of the shareholders. The board is made up of 8 directors consisting of 6 elected member directors and 2 independent directors that are appointed by the board. Elected members hold office for three year’s and independent members hold office for a term determined by the board but no longer than 3 years.

Meet the Board Members


Trevor Henry

Maffra, Vic.

Trevor was appointed to the Board in May 2010 to fill a casual vacancy.  Formerly a director of the Macalister Demonstration Farm Board for 10 years, serving the last 4 as Chairman.  Trevor was previously Deputy Chairman from 2013 to 2015 and then became Chairman in November 2015.


Craig Drake

(Deputy Chairman)
Dip. Ag. Sci., Dip. Farm Man., FAICD Dip
Allansford, Vic.
Craig was elected to the board in December 2011.  He has been a director of Tas Herd since 2000.  He is a former board member of Warrnambool Cheese & Butter and former chairman of Western Herd Improvement.  Craig became Deputy Chairman in November 2015 and is also a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.


Tim Humphris

Nirranda South, Vic.
Tim was elected to the board in November 2018, he has a Bachelor of Veterinary Science and a degree of Master of Veterinary Studies in Veterinary Clinical Sciences Dairy Medicine and Management. Tim is a committee member of the Standing Committee for Genetics Evaluation with Datagene. After 15 years of working as a dairy veterinarian, Tim has now been farming for the last 12 years.  He runs a 450 cow three-way cross dairy herd using Holstein, Jersey, and Aussie Red genetics. He is also a member of Holstein Australia and the Australian Red Dairy Breed.


John Pekin

BAgrBusMgt., Adv.Dip.Ag.
Kolora, Vic.
John was elected to the Board in November 2016. John has a Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management and an Advanced Diploma of Agriculture. He was a speaker at the 2019 Australian Dairy Conference on the success of genomically testing his herd. He worked for Western Herd Improvement as an AI technician for 10 years in local dairy herds and conducted/managed synchronized AI programs in beef herds in Victoria and interstate. John is chairman of the Animal Health & Welfare Committee.


Rohan Sprunt


Kaarimba, Vic.
Rohan was elected to the board in November 2015. Rohan has a Bachelor of Business and is a qualified Accountant. Rohan has spent well in excess of ten years on the board of Jersey Australia and formerly Australian Jersey Breeders Society (Vic. Branch) in two separate sittings.  More recently Rohan has chaired the genetics sub-committee where he assisted in the implementation of genomic testing for the Jersey breed in Australia. Rohan is also a Deputy Chairman of the Audit & Risk Management Committee.


John Duffield

Dip Bus (Acct), MBA, FCPA and GAICD.

Koroit, Vic
John was elected to the Board as an independent member in July 2021. John holds a Diploma of Business Studies (Major in Accounting), Masters of Business Administration (Specialisation in Strategy and Planning), Fellow of CPA’s Australia, and a Graduate of AICD program. John is currently employed at Saputo Dairy Australia as a Senior Project Manager but has held senior finance positions with Warrnambool Cheese and Butter, Boeing Constructors, and Alcoa Australia. He is also an independent member of the Moyne Shire Audit and Risk Committee.


Michael Carroll


Armadale, Vic
Michael was elected to the Board in July 2021. He has had a lifelong interest in livestock breeding and genetics and runs a performance-recorded Angus enterprise at Derrinallum. Following a career in finance, Michael has served as a non-executive director with a number of private, publicly listed, government, and not-for-profit food and agribusiness companies.


Meet our company secretary

Anthony Phillips

Beaumaris, Vic.
Appointed as Company Secretary in March 2015. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and spent 20 years in senior management positions in the dairy industry with Colac Dairying Company and Bonlac Foods. He was a director of the Australian Dairy Corporation from 1995 to 2003.