Meet the DFMC Board of Directors
Andrew Burnett was elected to the Board in 2011 and has been Chairman since November 2017.
Andrew has previously worked in the cotton industry and now runs a farm in Gympie in South East Queensland with his wife, Fiona, and their two sons. Their dairy business produces around 2.3 million litres of milk from 350 cows.
He has an Associate Diploma in Applied Science and has completed the Rabobank Executive Development Program for primary producers.
John McKillop joined the Board of DFMC in February 2019, taking on the role as Independent Director with the coming departure of John Bywater in June 2019. This afforded a period of hand-over for this important role.
John previously held roles as independent director with Dairy Australia, for six years from 2012 to 2018 as well as Meat & Livestock Australia and Cubbie Cotton. He was CEO of Hassad Australia, a Qatar based investor with large scale cropping and livestock operations across Australia. Prior roles include Managing Director of Clyde Agriculture and General Manager roles at Elders and Stanbroke Pastoral.
He holds a Diploma in Farm Management, a Bachelor of Business, a Graduate Certificate in Agribusiness, a Master of Business Administration and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
James Geraghty has been a member of the DFMC Board since 2009 and works, with his wife Sari, on their dairy farm in Millaa Millaa on the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland.
His family moved to the area from Lismore in 1932 and have been dairy farming since then. James purchased his farm with his parents in 1981. James and his wife currently milk 230 cows year round and have an annual production of 1.4 million litres a year.
James is the District Chairman and State Councillor for Far North Queensland for the Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation and has an Advanced Diploma in Agriculture.
Grant Sherborne was appointed to the DFMC board in November 2013. His dairy, Willow Vale, is located at Burrawang in the Southern Highlands, New South Wales.
He has been involved in the day to day running of the farm since he left school. Grant is a passionate advocate for the industry and served as a DFMC ward representative for Southern Highlands from 2002 to 2013. He has been involved with the Cows Create Careers program and his local dairy industry group, DIG South Coast.
Grant has an Advanced Diploma of Agriculture and has also completed a director training course.
Adrian Joined the DFMC Board in November 2016 as an interim Director, passionate & driven
about the dairy industry. Along with his wife Holly & 3 young children bought Holly’s parents dairy
business 18 months ago. The dairy is a pasture based system that employs 2 staff and milks 180
Holstiens. Adrian participates in Dairybase benchmarking and has 10 years experience in the dairy
industry. Being a part of a cooperative such as DFMC is important to him. His farm produces 1.4
million litres annually.
Bernice jouined the Board in July 2018 and is a third generation dairy farmer in the Leitchville area in Northern Victoria. She milks 750 cows with her husband Scott producing 5.7 million litres of milk on 1500 acres of mainly Lucerne and rye grass supplementary feeding with a partial mix ration of home grown maize and vetch silages. Bernice has a Bachelor of Business and Masters of Business Administration and worked for 8 years in the tertiary education field. She is currently a member of the Torrumbarry Water Services Committee for Goulburn Murray water
Meet DFMC’s Executive Officer
Mark Kebbell joined Dairy Farmers Milk Co-operative as Executive Officer in October 2016 and is responsible for the operations of the co-operative, including the development and implementation of its strategic vision in conjunction with the Board.
Before joining DFMC, Mark held general management positions in the automotive services sector including Assist Australia, Allianz Insurance and Manheim.
Mark has a Bachelor of Business Studies from Massey University in New Zealand and an MBA (Exec) from the University of Queensland.