DFMC Independent Director John Bywater stood down at the end of June, after serving just under eight years on the board.

John chaired the audit and finance committee and took responsibility for the investment portfolio, bringing a wealth of experience to the board in processing, finance, corporate governance and general agribusiness.

John always worked under an exceptionally high moral compass, with a commitment to making decisions that positively impact the future.

John was a mentor to many in our industry, and definitely to me. Mentorship is important on a board, particularly in aiding succession. John consistently made time during a coffee break or following a meeting to explain his decisions or offer guidance and was invaluable to me and others during our development as directors.

I’d like to extend my many thanks to John and his wife Bev for their service to DFMC, and the broader dairy industry, and wish them all the best.

Knowing John, I highly doubt this will be the last time we work together and I’m looking forward to keeping his phone ringing over the coming years.


Andrew Burnett

DFMC Chair