VFF Board of Directors

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DAVID JOCHINKE - VFF President

David is a third generation farmer who operates a family property at Murra Warra (30 km North of Horsham) producing various broadacre crops and finishing prime lambs.  At Longerenong College, he studied a Diploma of Applied Science and in later years, had the honour of being awarded scholarships for Nuffield Australia and the Australian Rural Leadership Program.

For over a decade he has been heavily involved with the local VFF district that led to being elected as the last VFF treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee as well as Vice President from 2012 - 2016.

 
 

BRETT HOSKING - VFF Vice President

Brett is a fifth generation farmer running a mixed farming business in Quambatook, in Victoria’s Mallee. Together with his wife Jane and their four children, they grow wheat, barley, oats, canola and various legumes for hay and grain production. As well as this, they breed merinos and run a small herd of cattle.

Brett has an active involvement in his local community and is involved in many of the organisations which contribute to keeping a small community going. For several years, Brett represented the Eastern Mallee on the VFF Grains Group and is the current group President.

 

 

MARY BETH BAUER

Mary Beth Bauer is an active board member with more than 16 years experience as Chairman, Chair of Remuneration and Audit and Risk committees. She has also had more than 20 years experience as a senior executive, advising CEOs and boards across Australia in a diverse range of industries. She is one of Australia’s leading experts on Stakeholder Engagement.
 
Mary Beth has a very strong focus on governance and her professional experience includes finance, audit and risk, business strategy development, financial markets, mergers and acquisitions, and all aspects of investor and stakeholder relations and strategic communications. Recent experience has given her a range of exposures to commercialisation of digital media and fintech products. She also serves on City West Water, JFE Global and is a member of the Advisory Board for Emergency Management Victoria. 


     
 

Marion MacLeod

Marion has held various executive roles and has experience in corporates, strategic marketing, local government, telecommunications, change management, education, the service sector, media and publishing. Specialising in aligning organisations and their divisions for success, she also has extensive experience in building and implementing strategic and operational capability, as well as aligning these to organisational outcomes.                        

Marion is a council member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a graduate of Leadership Victoria where she is a Williamson Fellow. She holds an MBA (Melbourne Business School) and a number of other business and financial qualifications including her foundation degree; a Bachelor of Science (Aberdeen).

 
       
 

Adam Jenkins

Adam is a first generation dairy farmer from South Purrumbete. At a national level, Adam is on the ADF National Council and is a representative on the Markets and Trade PAG. Adam was the Region 9 UDV Policy Councillor from 2011 to 2015.  In 2011, Adam was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship, which allowed him to travel the globe studying dairy industry markets and milk processing. In 2014, he was a dairy industry representative on the Victorian Trade Mission to China with the Gardiner Foundation.

Adam has a Bachelor of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Graduate Diploma in Education. He has completed the AICD course and served as a director on the Bonlac Supply Company board from 2007-2013. Adam has been involved in the rural industry for 20 years, with roles in rural finance, extension and education.

 
       
 

ross johns

Ross, along with his wife Julie and their three children, Sophie, Matt and Rebecca own a mixed farming business. Their farms are located west of Warracknabeal to Dimboola, and they also have a grazing business between Marnoo and Navarre.    

Ross was a Director of ABB Grain, an ASX 100 listed company, prior to its sale to Viterra. He was also a board member and deputy chair of the Grains Research and Development Corporation. He has a passion for agriculture and growth in agricultural profitability. His long term commitments are to education and to developing skills which will meet the challenges of both today and the future.

 
         
   

LEONARD VALLANCE 

Leonard, with his wife Faye and three sons, operate a 9000ha beef and grain property in the Central Mallee. They run a self-replacing beef herd of Euro-cross cattle and finish all sale stock on grain, either in the paddock or in their own feedlot area. Their cropping operation covers up to 7000ha and utilises minimum tillage precision Ag where appropriate.

They operate an on-property engineering workshop, equipped to manufacture, modify and service the 39 motorised machines and other associated equipment - also recently designing and constructing their own B Double semi-trailers to transport their grain.

Leonard's two sons are partners in the business, with Leonard's youngest son a fitter and turner apprentice in the farm workshop. He was awarded 'top second year apprentice' in 2015. Leonard's daughter is completing a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at Adelaide University and intends to work in rural areas.

The adoption of precision technology and equipment, with the ability to maintain and operate the equipment with no out-sourcing of labour has increased their business production three-fold in 20 years. They were the first in Australia to gain accreditation in cattle care, flock care and grain care quality assurance schemes.

 
         
 

 ALLAN BULLEN              

Allan grew up on an orchard in the fruit growing region of Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula.Together with his wife Barbara and son Andrew, he runs a chicken meat operation in Yannathan, West Gippsland.  Allan has served on the Inghams Branch committee since 1999, as well serving as President for five years. He is passionate about the industry, protecting the right to farm and encouraging farmers to farm well.

Allan helped introduce the Chicken Care/EMS program to Victoria in 2003 and continues as steering committee chairman.  He is also the current Chicken Meat Group President.

       
       
   

OWEN BRINSON

Owen Brinson is a second generation flower farmer from Silvan, in the hills east of Melbourne. Owen has managed the family farm for the last 12 years and has been active in the flower industry for the past seven, where he currently holds the President's role for Flowers Victoria and the chair of the Australian Flower Council.  

He is the current president of the VFF Horticulture group and sits on the board of the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS). Owen also currently represents the flower industry on the Horticulture Industry Network (HIN) and sits on the VFF risk committee.