ADFC is run by a small management team alongside ADFC’s Board of Directors, so lets meet the ADFC team:
Andrew commences his new role at ADFC with over 30 years in the dairy industry. Andrew grew up on a dairy farm in Northern Victoria and brings a passion and commitment from the industry that will only strengthen ADFC for the future. Andrew’s long associations and connections within the dairy industry brings secure relationships with processors, logistic companies and like-minded dairyfarmers to enrich ADFC’s position within the dairy industry for the betterment of all ADFC shareholdersuppliers equally.
Scott Sieben has been on the ADFC Board since its inception in 2012 and accepted the Chairman’s position in February 2013.
Scott is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is studying for his Diploma of Business Management. Scott and his wife, Jade, have a dairy farm at Torrumbarry in Northern Victoria where they milk 230 cows on 180 hectares. They have two children.
(South West Victoria)
Peter joined the ADFC Board in April 2017. He has been a dairy farmer for over 38 years, taking over the family farm 21 years ago that has been in the family for over 100 years. Peter and his wife Trish and their 21-year-old son James, milk around 220 cows on their farm at Swan Marsh in Southwest Victoria. Peter is keen to have some input into creating a dairy cooperative that will enable them to have a sustainable future for themselves and ADFC suppliers.
(South West Victoria)
Darin Blain was elected to the ADFC Board in November 2016. Darin has more than 25 years of experience as a dairy farmer and he and his wife, Sally, currently milk around 270 cows on 220 hectares in Timboon in Victoria’s south west.
Darin also has extensive experience working in the broader dairy industry and has provided insight and advice to businesses and farmers about their budgets, commodity markets and forecasts.
Rod joined the ADFC Board in June 2017 as a Non-Supplier Director.
Rod is a Chartered Accountant and has over 30 years experience working in a professional environment, with PPB Advisory (17 years) and PwC (18 years), working closely with all levels of agribusiness, in consultation with financiers and advisors to provide strategic advice to achieve the best outcomes for all key stakeholders. Rod is based in regional Victoria (small farm on the Bellarine Peninsula) and is sensitive to the economic and personal impact unique to dairy families and local communities. Rod is married to Anna and they have three children.
Finance Manager & Company Secretary
Joining ADFC in June 2018, Paul is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants (FCCA) and an Associate Member of CPA Australia.
For the past 24 years Paul has worked in senior finance positions for large multinationals, SMEs and Federal Government entities in London, Melbourne and Abu Dhabi. This experience includes a variety of industries such as construction, manufacturing, advertising, Not for Profit and Government sectors.
Operations Manager & Company Secretary
Ron helped germinate ADFC into the unique company that it is today. Ron has been intimately involved in the development, growth and viability of ADFC. Ron qualified from the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has held numerous board positions over many years for State Government and non-Government business in a range of industries. Ron’s commitment to primary industry is supported by a range of qualifications from Sydney and Melbourne universities. Intimately involved with dairy farmers nationally for the last two decades, Ron is well supported to help provide good governance within ADFC.
(South East Victoria)
Gerald Droppert was elected to the ADFC Board on 31 October 2019. Initially, he assisted his migrant parents in developing their dairy farm. He later married Jenny and together they established an agricultural contracting business. Purchasing a ‘renovator’s delight’ farm (131 hectares) in 1995, he made use of his business and farm development skills to transform the land into a modern 312 hectare irrigated dairy farm, currently milking 550 cows at Tinamba, in the Macalister Irrigation District.