Will is currently the Chief Financial Officer of specialist agricultural lender, Rural Bank. He has had a career in agriculture and finance going back more than 20-years. He has held executive responsibility for sales, marketing and agribusiness functions at Rural Bank, and prior to 2013 led the capital management, finance business partner, investor relations and corporate affairs teams for Rural Bank’s parent, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. He grew up on his family’s wheat and sheep farm in the mid-north of South Australia. Will was a 2017 Churchill Fellow, investigating alternative finance structures for Australian family farmers. He is a non-executive director of Community Insurance Solutions Pty Ltd, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and holds an MBA from the University of Adelaide.
As president of the SA Dairyfarmers’ Association, John Hunt represents the dairy industry on the board. John joined SADA in 2013 with a keen interest in helping facilitate the next generation of dairy farmers; protecting the farmer’s right to farm; securing profitability in the industry and establishing more transparency in industry-relevant government policy and planning. John and wife Karen are equity managers in a 600-cow dairy and co-own a neighbouring 240-cow dairy with John’s brother. The couple have recently purchased an adjoining 75-hectares, with plans to convert it to a 250-cow dairy.
Rob Kerin is a Former Premier of South Australia, current Chairman and Executive Officer of Regional Development SA and principal of Rob Kerin Consulting. He is also the Chief Executive of Primary Producers South Australia. Rob brings a wealth of knowledge to the Dairy Industry Fund Board.
Melissa has extensive experience in agricultural project development and management working previously as a Senior Researcher at the SA Research and Development Institute and the University of Adelaide. Now directing her company Climate & Agricultural Support Pty Ltd, Melissa ensures industry relevance with strong extension and practice change with all projects she supports. Melissa assists the development and growth of farming systems groups and sits on several groups and boards. Melissa has a family farming background and also manages a beef herd on Hindmarsh Island. She has formal education in agriculture, communications, business management and natural resource management. She is a recent winner of the Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island's women's community achievement award and a finalist for the Channel 7 Community Achievement Award.