Rose Philipzen

President - dairy farmer

An integral role as Head of People and Culture at Moxey Farms in Gooloogong in NSW, Rose has grown up with dairy in her blood and a long-standing member of the dairy industry. She has been a member of the Board since 2018, sits on the ADC Executive and is ADC’s first female President representative taking on the role in February 2024.

Tom Acocks

Dairy farmer

Tom has served on the ADC Board since 2015 with long family connections and ties with the event and held the role of President (2021-2023). The fourth-generation farmer operates and manages the family farm in Rochester Victoria milking 850 cows.

Paul Roderick

dairy farmer

Queensland representative, Paul Roderick has operated his family dairy farm at Harriville in south east Queensland for the last 27 years. He has been involved in all facets of dairy and is active in advocacy, research, development and extension roles as well with Dairy Australia. He has been on the ADC Board since 2017 and currently sites on the ADC Executive.

Brendan Hehir

dairy farmer

Operating an organic dairy farm in Wyuna, Victoria, Brendan is no stranger to ADC with his father one of the founding members, pioneering the way forward for others. Brendan has followed in his father’s footsteps as a Programming Chair (2020) and now ADC Board member.

Liza Fahey

dairy farmer

Liza has a long-standing industry connection as dairy farmer in Terang, nmilking 450 Ayrshire cattle on the family farm, and Project Officer for WestVic dairy ensuring she is across pivotal issues facing the industry and in Western Victoria. She has been a Board member of ADC since 2014.

Harper Kilpatrick

Finance Director

With his wife Oonagh, Harper own a 400 cow dairy farm near Koroit in Western Victoria. Originally from Northern Ireland, Harper and Oonagh have been farming in Australia since 2007. Off-farm Harper has been involved in all facets of dairy advocacy, research, development and extension roles and currently sits on the board of Bega Cheese.  Harper joined the ADC Board in 2015. 

Richard Rawnsley

Scientific Director

Richard holds the position as Scientific Director on the ADC Board and has held the role since 2015 overseeing the esteemed Young Dairy Scientist Award. After 15 years plus with the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, he is now an Area Manager for Fonterra Australia.

Joanne Bills

Industry Director

Joanne is Director of Global Insights with US-based Ever.Ag and represents industry services on the ADC Board. Jo is an agribusiness professional with almost two decades involved in dairy with a strength in market and industry analysis and communication. She joined the ADC Board in 2019

Ashlee Gardiner

Dairy Australia Director

Ashlee has held a number of influential industry roles including in policy and executive positions for the Victorian Farmers Federation before joining Dairy Australia as Issues Manager and Stakeholder Engagement. She has been on the ADC Board since 2023.