Our People

Gardiner Dairy Foundation Directors and small team are extensively networked across the dairy value chain. We have a genuine desire to engage and listen to new ideas.

Patron

 
Governor of Victoria

The Honourable Linda Dessau, AM

Board

Chairman

Dr Bruce Kefford PSM

Bruce Kefford joined the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Board in November 2014 and was appointed Chairman at the AGM in October 2015.

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Bruce Kefford joined the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Board in November 2014. Bruce was appointed Chairman at the AGM in October 2015. An experienced strategic leader with an in-depth knowledge of the food and agriculture sectors and the dairy industry in particular, he is passionate about the application of innovation and science to improve industry competitiveness and sustainability. He is recognised nationally and internationally as a thought leader in the reshaping of the national primary industries innvoatioon 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.

Special responsibilities:

Member: Innovation Committee
Member: HR and Governance and Communications Committee

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Director

Barry Irvin AM

Barry Irvin joined the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Board in November 2010 and chairs the Community and People Development and HR, Governance and Communications Committees.

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Barry Irvin joined the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Board in November 2010. As Executive Chairman of Bega Cheese and a director of other prominent dairy industry organisations, he brings broad dairy industry knowledge to his role on the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Board, including expertise in financial and investment management. Barry has first-hand experience of the philanthropic sector, chairing the Board of Giant Steps Sydney, which caters for children and young adults with autism.

Special Responsibilities:

Chairman: Community and People Development Committee
Chairman: HR and Governance and Communications Committee
Member: Finance, Investment and Audit Committee

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Director

Andrew Maughan

Andrew Maughan joined the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Board in October 2015.

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Andrew Maughan joined the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Board in October 2015. Andrew is a lawyer, corporate advisor and experienced Company Director. His background spans international trade and agriculture, strategy and risk management, corporate finance and investment management. Andrew is currently Managing Director of corporate advisory firm Somerset Capital. Andrew is also Chairman of food and agriculture companies, AgLink, Langdon Group and The Pastoral Pork Company. He is a Director and Investment Committee Member of The Norman Beischer Medical Research Foundation. He has previously been an Independent Director of the Pork CRC, Chairman of Bradflo 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.

Special Responsibilities:
Finance Investment and Audit Committee

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Director

Naomi Pye

Naomi Pye joined the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Board in June 2016.

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Naomi Pye joined the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Board in June 2016. Naomi is a Director and Manager of Boldrewood Dairies Pty Ltd, a multi-generational family dairy farm. She has qualifications and experience in education and agriculture. 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. She is a graduate, and member, of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Director

Judith Slocombe

Judith Slocombe joined the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Board in October 2015.

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Judith Slocombe joined the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Board in October 2015. From entrepreneurial beginnings in the business of Veterinary Pathology to a host of directorships, Judith’s extensive board experience covers the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors. Judith is currently Chief Executive Officer of the not-for-profit community organisation, The Alannah and Madeline Foundation and Chair of the Consumer Advisory Panel at Walter + Eliza Hall Institute. She also holds director positions with the Victorian Government’s Agriculture Victoria Services, Children’s Rights International, Leadership Victoria, Young and Well Co-operative Research Centre and Hume Global Learning Village. Judith was named the Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year in 2001 and awarded the Centenary Medal for service to Australian Society in Business Leadership in 2003.

Special responsibilities:
Community and People Development Committee and HR & Governance Committee

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Staff

Chief Executive

Mary Harney

Mary commenced her role as Chief Executive of the Gardiner Dairy Foundation in September 2012 following a broad ranging career of executive management roles in the health and agricultural sectors.

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Prior to commencing her role as Chief Executive of the Gardiner Dairy Foundation in September 2012, Mary had 35 years post graduate experience across a broad range of executive management areas in the health and agricultural sectors. She has held executive research management roles in a variety of listed and unlisted pharmaceutical, biotechnology companies (human and animal health) and spent 17 years in diagnostic and research roles in the public health sector.

Email: Mary.harney@gardinerfoundation.com.au Connect on Linked In

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Program Manager, Innovation

Dr Aaron Gosling

Aaron brings a practical approach, helping guide projects to deliver a real world outcomes for the Victorian dairy industry.

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Aaron was appointed as Program Manager Innovation in May 2011. He has a strong background in biochemistry research, focusing on milk processing, authoring articles on enzymatic lactose conversion that have been widely cited in scientific literature. His practical approach is helping guide projects to deliver a real world outcome for the Victorian dairy industry.

Email: Aaron.gosling@gardinerfoundation.com.au Connect on Linked In

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Finance Manager and Company Secretary

Jainesh Lal

Jainesh brings valuable expertise as the Gardiner Dairy Foundation's Finance Manager, having worked in roles across a myriad of industries for 14 years.

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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.

Email: jainesh.lal@gardinerfoundation.com.au Connect on Linked In

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Business Manager

Caitlin Scholfield

Caitlin brings her agricultural sales, marketing and business development experience to the Gardiner Dairy Foundation team.

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Caitlin was appointed as Gardiner Dairy Foundation’s 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.

Email: caitlin.scholfield@gardinerfoundation.com.au Connect on Linked In

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Office Manager

Jenny Walsh

Jenny brings extensive administration and dairy industry experience to her role as the Office Manager and in team support function.

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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.

Email: Jenny.walsh@gardinerfoundation.com.au Connect on Linked In

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