13 September 2023
FOOD + FIBRE ANNOUNCES NEW CHAIR AND FIVE NEW BOARD MEMBERS
Food and Fibre – Great South Coast (FFGSC) today announced the appointment of five new Board Members and dairy farmer Oonagh Kilpatrick as the new Chair.
Former Deputy Chair, Oonagh Kilpatrick, takes on the Chair role after five years as a valued and active member of the Food and Fibre – Great South Coast board.
Born in Northern Ireland, she boasts a 20 year international career in taxation and trusts planning. Ms Kilpatrick and her husband Harper, relocated from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Koroit, in 2011 to run a large dairy farm in the Great South Coast. Ms Kilpatrick also serves as the United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (VFF) Policy Councillor for Wannon and as the Australian Manager for Ireland Genetics.
Outgoing Chair, Georgina Gubbins welcomed Ms Kilpatrick to the role of Chair, “Ms Kilpatrick’s dedication and contribution to the FFGSC Board as Deputy has been invaluable. I am confident that under her leadership, the organisation will continue on the current pathway towards growing the prosperity and wellbeing of the Great South Coast region.”
Ms Kilpatrick thanked Ms Gubbins for her contribution. “Georgina Gubbins has been a highly respected and outstanding leader for Food and Fibre – Great South Coast over her six years as Chair. We have benefited enormously from her focus on strong governance, her integrity and tenacity. We are sorry to see her leave and wish her all the best in the future. I know she will remain a firm friend and powerful advocate for FFGSC.”
“I welcome our five new directors to the Board; Kirsten Diprose, Jessica Loughland, Ella Credlin, Tristan Monti and Aaron Moyne. The new board members bring a diverse range of experience, representing a variety of sectors critical to the growth of food and fibre in the Great South Coast.”
Kirsten Diprose brings expertise in journalism and communications as well as livestock, cropping and dairy experience; Jessica Loughland is HW Greenham & Sons Livestock Supply Chain Manager for the region with experience in agribusiness and policy; Ella Credlin has extensive experience in both risk and relationship management amongst agribusiness and finance skills; Tristan Monti also brings strong finance and agribusiness skills as well as experience across wool, livestock and horticulture sectors; while Aaron Moyne from Corangamite Shire Council brings governance, business administration and economic development experience.
Mr Moyne welcomed his appointment as a means to add value to the sector and region, “I am extremely pleased to join the FFGSC Board and believe that I bring beneficial skills, experience and knowledge to add value. Agricultural growth and future opportunities have developed as a strong interest of mine as we look toward food security, economic growth and sustainability goals.”
“Agriculture will continue to drive economies at a regional, State and National level, being our backbone locally, and it is fundamental that we position south-west Victoria to respond to these long-term needs.”
Likewise, Tristan Monti, noted he is “ committed to continuing the great work the board has been able to achieve. He is excited to be part of the team and help Food and Fibre Great South Coast grow”
Ms Kilpatrick said the Food and Fibre – Great South Coast was delighted with the high calibre of applicants, “It is an exciting time for Food and Fibre – Great South Coast as we deliver on the four core pillars of our strategy to maintain our pathway towards organisational sustainability and regional prosperity and wellbeing through food and fibre.”
“On behalf of the Board I extend our sincere thanks for the enormous contributions of outgoing Board Members Georgina Gubbins, Jonathan Jenkin, Jack Luxford and Dr Anna Carrucan. Jonathan, Jack and Anna have each made a genuine difference through their contributions to strategic discussions networks and voluntary efforts on behalf of our small organisation. We look forward to their ongoing strong connection to the work of Food and Fibre – Great South Coast as key stakeholders.”
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About Food and Fibre Great South Coast:
Food and Fibre Great South Coast (FFGSC) is the representative body for South West Victoria’s $4bn agriculture sector, and $12bn food and fibre value chain, which is responsible for 60% of our gross regional product and 21.6% of all regional jobs. South West Victoria is Australia’s largest agricultural production region by value, dominated by dairy, beef and sheep industries and supplying 14% of Victoria’s fresh seafood. FFGSC is an incorporated organisation administered by a volunteer Board and one FTE Chief Executive Officer.
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