Shepparton Dairy farmer Jeff Odgers has been named deputy chair of the Dairy Australia Board, paving the way for him to succeed outgoing chair Geoff Akers at the next AGM in November.
Mr Odgers was appointed deputy chair on July 27. Mr Akers will retired from the board at the next AGM, having reached the maximum tenure under the constitution.
He said the appointment would ensure a "seamless transition" following his retirement.
Mr Odgers owns a dairy farming business near Shepparton, Victoria, milking 700 cows, and has broad experience in managing large scale farm enterprises in northern Victoria and Tasmania.
His formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Business (Agricultural Management) and an Associate Diploma in Farm Management. He served as a Director of the Murray Dairy Inc. Regional Development Program (2006 — 12) and led the organisation as Chair (2008 — 12).
Mr Odgers was first elected to the Board in 2013. He served as a member of the Dairy Australia Board Human Resources Committee from November 2013 to November 2015, and became a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee in December 2015.
In addition, Mr Odgers is a director of Bega Cheese Limited and was also a Director of Tatura Milk Industries prior to the successful merger of the two companies.
Under the current Dairy Australia Constitution, the Board has the discretion to appoint a Deputy Chair at any time.