Dairy Australia (DA) has announced Dr David Nation will be its new managing director.
Dr Nation was chosen from a global field of candidates for his experience across the dairy sector, including leading roles in a number of key dairy innovation pipeline projects.
He is presently serving as co-director of DairyBio and DairyFeedbase, and previous roles include Dairy Futures CRC chief executive.
DA chair Jeff Odgers said Dr Nation was already well known and respected by farmers for his commitment to improving farm productivity through innovation.
“David has been building his credentials in the dairy industry for many years and the benefits of his science and innovation work will continue to flow through the industry for years to come,” Mr Odgers said.
“Not only does David have an outstanding ability to relate to farmers, he has shown he can bring together people from across the government, private and not-for-profit sectors and get the job done.
“That skill is invaluable in an operating environment as complex as dairy.”
After nine years in the role, serving managing director Ian Halliday last month announced he was leaving the organisation to take up a new role as consul general and senior trade commissioner to Dubai.
Mr Odgers praised Mr Halliday’s contribution to the dairy industry, including the delivery of a globally-recognised industry sustainability framework and the strengthening of DA’s regional development programs.
“A big part of Ian’s legacy will be the achievements coming out of the DairyBio, Datagene and DairyFeedbase programs, which will have enduring benefits for farmers across the country,” he said.
“These are programs that Ian has been passionate about and, given David played such a critical role in getting them off the ground, I’m sure Ian will be satisfied to know they remain in good hands.”
Dr Nation said it was a privilege to be able to work with the Board and the team at Dairy Australia to help the industry grow and meet the challenges it was facing.
“Having had a variety of roles across the dairy sector, I know how the work of Dairy Australia can make a big difference to the country’s dairy farmers,” Dr Nation said.
“I look forward to working with people right across the industry and government to deliver programs that will help dairy prosper and deliver real value to our farmers and their communities.”
Mr Odgers said the board was pleased to be able to provide a seamless transition to new leadership, with Mr Halliday to support the incoming managing director during a handover period.
Dr Nation starts in his new role on July 30.
Australian Dairy Farmers today welcomed Dr Nation’s appointment.
“David has a long history with the dairy industry and I am confident he will bring extensive experience to the position,” ADF president Terry Richardson said.
“Research and development is vital to maintaining the profitability of Australian dairy farms and we look forward to David contributing to this important conversation.”
Mr Richardson also acknowledged the contribution Mr Halliday made to the dairy industry over the past nine years as Dairy Australia’s managing director.
“Ian will leave behind an impressive legacy including the delivery of a globally-recognised industry sustainability framework and strengthening Dairy Australia’s regional development programs,” Mr Richardson said.
“We’ve enjoyed working with Ian over the years and we wish him and his family all the best as they embark on this next exciting chapter.”