Murray Dairy comprises an eight member board which is accountable to the dairy industry through an Industry Steering Group made up of dairy stakeholder representatives from across the Murray Dairy region. 

A Chief Executive Officer is responsible to the Board for the operational management of the organisation.
 The role of the Board is to:
• Develop policies and strategic direction for research, extension education and industry development in the region; 
• Invest industry Dairy Service levy funds allocated to the region by Dairy Australia to address priority issues identified by the Industry Steering Group; 
• Grow and diversify the research, extension and education funding base; 
• Develop and monitor the implementation of the five year Strategic Plan and Annual Operating Plan; and 
• Ensure sound management and infrastructure to deliver Murray Dairy programs across the region. 

Board members:

Richard Cross - Chairman

Rick Cross brings hands-on experience in dairy, having owned and managed his own family farm for over 20 years.
Rick has also served on a number of management boards including Tatura Milk Industries, and played a vital role in merger discussions with Bega Cheese in 2011.


Karen Moroney - Deputy Chairman

Appointed to the Board in October 2013, Karen is a fourth generation dairy farmer. 

In conjunction with her husband, Karen has owned and operated their family farm for more than 20 years. 

In 2011, Karen established a cross breeding business 'Auzred XB' that imports, markets and promotes the 'Aussie Red' breed at a national and international level. 

Karen holds a Diploma of Human Resource Management and is a member of a number of dairy industry committees including the Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme, the Mitta Valley Advancement Forum and the Our Valley, Our Future project.

Daryl Poole

Daryl Poole works as a senior consultant at RMCG – Bendigo predominantly in the area of farm business management.

Daryl has spent the majority of his professional career working in the irrigation industry and has extensive experience in the dairy industry in both the government and private sectors.
During his 11 years working in both the government and private sector of the dairy industry in northern Victoria, Daryl has developed a wide range of experience in agricultural extension.

Greg Ault - ISG Chairman

Greg is a dairy farmer from Rochester and sits on the Murray Dairy Board as the Industry Steering Group (ISG) representative. Having been a member of the ISG for eight years, Greg was recently elected as Chairman.

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Chris Thomas




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Tony McCarthy


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Dianne Bowles