Jersey Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Geoff Akers to the Board of Jersey Australia for a 2 year term. The appointment fills the vacancy on the Board following the 2021 Board Elections. The appointment was approved by the Board at the July 21st Board meeting.
Mr Akers with wife Natalie and family, farm the LOXLEIGH Jersey Stud at Tallygaroopna in Nth Victoria. The LOXLEIGH stud is well recognised for excellence breeding many On Farm Challenges winners including the 2017 Great Australian Supreme Champion Loxleigh Badger Iris 4 as well as 23 Bulls into AI programs including current high rating bull INVINCIBLE. LOXLEIGH is also 19th on the DataGene top BPI herd list.
Mr Akers brings a wealth of leadership and governance experience to the Board having previously served on the boards of Dairy Australia, Murray Dairy, National Dairy Alliance and Northern Victoria Irrigation Renewal Project including terms as Chair of Dairy Australia and Murray Dairy. Mr Akers also chaired the VFF Water Council.
Jersey Australia President Lisa Broad acknowledged the significant experience and capability of what Mr Akers will bring to the Jersey Australia Board. “Geoff’s skills in governance and directors role will be highly advantageous for Jersey Australia as we continue the positive changes we have made to improving the governance of the Association”. Ms Broad also noting Geoff’s strong relationship with dairy industry groups. “Geoff is well respected within Industry groups and will enhance the work that JA has been doing to build stronger industry relationships”.
Ms Broad thanked Mr Akers for committing to the Board noting his keenness to continue building on established projects as well as bringing fresh ideas to the Board. “Geoff is very willing to contribute and grow the Jersey Breed in Australia”.
At the 2021 Board elections, only 3 nominations were received from members for the 4 vacant Board positions. The Jersey Australia constitution enables the JA Board to fill any vacancy with a casual appointment. Mr Akers will be required to re-nominate in 2023 should he choose to continue on the Board.
Please contact President Lisa Broad on 0427 862 624 or General Manager Glen Barrett on 0418 466 371 if you have any questions relating to the appointment.