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Find out more about Murray Dairy's Board of Directors, including qualifications, professional experience and other appointments.

Murray Dairy Board of Directors

The Murray Dairy Board has eight members, including five dairy farmers and three others with specialist experience in critical skill sets of agribusiness finance, people and farm business management.

The Murray Dairy Board is accountable to the dairy industry through an Industry Steering Group, which is made up of dairy stakeholder representatives from across the Murray Dairy region. The Murray Dairy Chief Executive Officer is responsible to the Board for the operational management of the organisation.

The role of the Murray Dairy Board is to:

  • Set the direction for research, extension education and industry development in the Murray Dairy region 
  • Invest levy funds to address priority issues identified by the Industry Steering Group
  • Grow and diversify the research, extension and education funding base
  • Develop and monitor the implementation of both the five year Strategic Plan and Annual Operating Plan, and
  • Ensure sound management and infrastructure to deliver Murray Dairy programs across the region. 

Review the board's current Annual Report.

Karen Moroney - Chair  

Deputy Chairman of the Board Karen Moroney   

Appointed to the Board in October 2013, Karen is a fourth generation dairy farmer. In conjunction with her husband, Karen has owned and operated their family farm for more than 20 years.

In 2011, Karen established a cross breeding business Auzred XB that imports, markets and promotes the 'Aussie Red' breed at a national and international level.

Karen holds a Diploma of Human Resource Management and is a member of a number of dairy industry committees including the Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme, the Mitta Valley Advancement Forum and the Our Valley, Our Future project.

Tony McCarthy - Deputy Chairman

Murray Dairy Board Member Tony McCarthy

Tony is a dairy farmer from Dhurringile.

Tony joined the Murray Dairy Board because to see the dairy industry grow and prosper into the future. Tony believes success is heavily influenced by sound research and development and the provision of relevant extension to all farmers in the region.

Tony notes, “I am very keen to do my part in supporting fellow directors and farmers in ensuring we have a well thought out strategic vision to drive the industry forward."

Andrew Tyler - Deputy Chairman

 Murray Dairy Board Member Andrew Tyler

Tongala dairy farmer, Andrew Tyler, has almost 30 years of dairy farming experience to draw on, bringing a working knowledge and an extensive experience base to Murray Dairy. 

Andrew has been a past director of the Australian Dairy Conference and is currently the deputy chair of the Australian Dairy Conference Board.  He is also a current member of the Dairy Advocacy Reform Team and is the current chair of Rochester Bamawm Dairy Business Network group. 

Andrew Mann - Treasurer 

 Murray Dairy Board Treasurer Andrew Mann 

Andrew works as a Senior Rural Manager - Rabobank, Shepparton.

Andrew has spent the majority of his professional career working in Agribusiness Finance throughout eastern Australia, with the last 10 years in the Murray Dairy region and with dairy industry clients.

Andrew also works as a sessional lecturer at Latrobe University in the Bachelor of Agribusiness course.

Chris Thomas

 Murray Dairy Board Member Chris Thomas

Chris has extensive experience in the dairy industry from his youth on the family farm, to working with milk processors in supply and farm services for over 30 years. Chris was a founding Director of DairySA.

Chris runs his own consulting business specialising in people development and has extensive knowledge in Corporate Governance, Strategic Planning, Social Welfare/Community Development, Policy Development and Risk Management.

Chris holds a Masters of Applied Science (Rural Regional Development); Diploma of Management Practices; Masters of Corporate Leadership; Graduated of Australian Institute of Company Directors

Mark Bailey

 Murray Dairy Board Member Mark Bailey 

Mark Bailey is the Manager of Resources at Goulburn Murray Water, with more than 20 years experience within this industry. 

Mark brings with him a broad skills base particularly around technical analysis, project management, budget administration, and extensive technical and community liaison on policy and operational matters. He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Tom Acocks 


A farmer from Rochester, Tom Acocks i is a partner in the family business. 

Tom has been involved in working groups across the supply chain and in advocacy that reflect his interests. He was a member of the Australian Dairy Conference Programming Committee in 2013-14 and Chair in 2016.

Tom holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne and has completed a number of internationally recognised courses across different aspects of business management and leadership development. He has also spent three years working in agricultural businesses in Europe and North America. 

Rachael Napier 

  Rachael and her partner operate a dairy farm in Deniliquin in the southern Riverina. With over 20 years’ experience in various roles across in the industry, Rachael brings a wealth of knowledge in dairy farm operations, business management and staff management to the Board.

Rachael holds leadership roles within the dairy industry and her local community including as Chair of the Riverina Regional Network Group (RNG) and Discussion Group, which she also represents in her role on the Regional Extension and Education Committee (REEC). Rachael has been involved in priority setting and development of key industry extension programs such as the Farm Safety manual. She is passionate about all things dairy. 

To contact a board member or make an enquiry: 
Murray Dairy 
P: (03) 5833 5312
E: admin@murraydairy.com.au


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