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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors 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 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

(Chairman)
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.

 

Daniel Cochrane

Dip. Ag.
Longreach, NSW
Dan was elected to the board November 2015. Dan has a Diploma of Agriculture (Dairy Management), is a Licensed Stock, Station & Real Estate Agent, NSW and an Accredited Auctioneer in Stock, Station & Real Estate, NSW. 
Dan is currently an executive member of the South Coast & Highlands Dairy Industry Group, and a member of the local sub branches of the Holstein and Illawarra breed societies. Dan is also Chairman of the Animal Care & Welfare Committee.

 

Anthony Doyle

Bbus.
Glenorchy, Tas.

Anthony (Tony) was elected to the board November 2013, he has a Bachelor of Business, FTIA: Fellow, Taxation Institute of Australia, FATMA: Fellow, Association Taxation and Management Accountants. Tony has over 25 years experience in dairyfarming and accounting and is also a member of the Audit & Risk Management Committee.

 

John Pekin

Adv. Dip. Ag., BAgrBus.Mgt.

Kolora, Vic.

John was elected to the Board in November 2016.  John has an Advanced Diploma of Agriculture and a Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management. He is a strong advocate of Genetics Australia products and has progeny tested for over 20 years. He worked for Western Herd Improvement as an AI technician for 10 years in local dairy herds and conducted/managed synchronised AI programs in beef herds in Victoria and interstate. John is chairman of the Animal Health & Welfare Committee.

 

Rohan Sprunt

Bbus.

Kaarimba, Vic.
Rohan was elected to the board 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.

 

Stuart Horsburgh

B. Comm, CA

Mt. Waverley, Vic.
Appointed to the Board July 2014, he has Commerce Degree and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand. Stuart has 30 years experience in commerce and business.
Stuart is also Chairman of the Audit & Risk Management Committee.

 

Meet our company secretary

Anthony Phillips

Beaumaris, Vic.

Appointed to the Board March 2015 as Company Secretary. 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.