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 also 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.
 
With a strong focus on governance, Mary Beth's 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 is a well-respected board director of high integrity, with over 20 years experience in chairing board and committees. Her extensive executive experience includes a variety of industries including telecommunications, technology, education, the health sector, government, banking and logistics.

She is a past council member and current facilitator of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has specialist governance, marketing, risk and strategy knowledge.  Marion is a principal at Core Management Solutions (CMS), where client focused, innovative and effective solutions are a hallmark.

The AICD discussion series, the 'Boards of Tomorrow', was initiated by Marion. It looks at how boards need to change to meet the needs of the future.  She also delivers the 'Effective Director' component of the NAB's 'Board Ready' program, which won an EOWA award.

 
 

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.

With a Bachelor of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Graduate Diploma in Education, he has also 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, together 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.    

A Director of ABB Grain, an ASX 100 listed company, prior to its sale to Viterra, Ross was also a board member and deputy chair of the Grains Research and Development Corporation.

He also has a passion for agriculture and growth in agricultural profitability. His long term commitments are to education and to developing skills to meet today's challenges, as well as those of 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.

Serving on the Inghams Branch committee since 1999, Allan also served as President for five years. He is passionate about the industry, protecting the right to farm and encouraging farmers to farm well.

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

       
   
   

EMMA GERMANO

Emma Germano hails from Mirboo North, where she is Managing Director of her family mixed operation I Love Farms. On Gippsland’s fertile red soils the Germanos grow fresh vegetables for local and export markets, as well as running sheep and beef cattle. I Love Farms has a firm focus on sustainability and strives to connect consumers with Australian farmers to increase community understanding of food and fibre production.

Emma is the current VFF Horticulture Group President. She also sits on the Vegetable Industry Market and Value Chain Strategic Investment Advisory Panel and has previously held tenure on the Victorian Vegetable Growers Executive Committee and as the VFF Horticulture Group Vice-President. Emma is also a Nuffield Scholar (2014), her research examining global export opportunities for Australian primary producers.