The Australian Dairy Farmers’ (ADF) team encompasses a small, cohesive and flexible group of professionals driven to improve the profitability and sustainability of dairy farming in Australia. Divided between three functions – Policy, Media and Communications, and Business Support – each individual brings unique skill sets and experience to the table.
Our vision is for a sustainable, innovative, domestic and internationally competitive dairy industry that is valued for its environmental, economic, health and social contribution. We value our dairy farmers’ feedback, as we strive to continuously improve our advocacy and policies to meet their best interests on a national scale.
John McQueenInterim Chief Executive Officer
John McQueen returned to Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) as Interim Chief Executive Officer in June 2016.
Formerly ADF CEO from 1987 until 2007, John joined the ADF team in 1982 as the first Executive Officer of the Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme, with responsibility to set up and operate the first national genetic evaluation system for the Australian dairy industry.
As well as developing policy for national and international issues affecting dairy farmers, he has also represented Australian dairy farmers at national and international meetings and conferences over the past 20 years.
John is a former Board member of the Cooperative Research Centre for Innovative Dairy Products, was previously Chairman of the Animal Health Australia Industry Forum and was Secretary of the Dairy Group of the International Federation of Agricultural Producers from 1996 to 2000.
Adele BeasleySenior Policy Manager
Adele Beasley joined ADF in September 2015 as Senior Policy Manager, and is responsible for the People and Human Capacity policy focus area.
Prior to joining ADF, Adele was a Project and Policy Officer with the United Dairyfarmers of Victoria, where developed strong policy strategy and persuasive communications skills. She has strong background knowledge of the dairy industry and the 'people' policy issue.
Previously, Adele was a journalist in her home-town of Bairnsdale where she grew up on a sheep and cattle property.
Adele has a double-degree in Arts (Journalism) and Laws from Deakin University, Geelong campus. She enjoys combining her passion of effective communication and policy development for the benefit of Australian dairy farmers.
David LosbergSenior Policy Manager
A Senior Policy Manager, David Losberg has been working with Australian Dairy Farmers since 2010 where he has the responsibility for the Markets, Trade and Value Chain, as well as the Animal Health and Welfare policy focus areas.
David has worked in the Federal Government at senior levels, has developed policy in rural health, and was the manager of government relations at a major private health fund.
These roles have given David a strong understanding and background in policy development, stakeholder relations and advocacy with government.
David has extensive experience in working with a wide variety of stakeholders in developing unified national policy and enjoys the challenges of advocating an industry position in a tight fiscal environment.
Betty HelouPolicy Officer
Betty Helou joined the Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) team in March 2015. As Policy Officer, she is responsible for the natural resources policy focus area.
Betty has completed her Masters in Environmental Policy and Management (with a focus on agriculture) at the University of Melbourne. Previously, she completed her Honours degree in Canada, focusing on biological sciences and genetics. Following her Bachelor’s degree, Betty worked in South Korea at an international middle school as a science teacher.
With her science background and her knowledge of food policy, planning and development, Betty aspires to make a difference in the Australian agricultural food systems. She is also eager to learn and gain insight on collaboration across diverse sectors, and enriching the national dairy industries.
Bernadette MarrCommunications & Media Manager
Having worked in a range of jurisdictions and industries, Bernadette brings a wealth of professional knowledge from both the public and private sectors. She offers over 10 years of experience in tactical internal and external communications with skill in developing and implementing both communications and public relations strategies for the not-for-profit sector, financial industry, private enterprise and creative agencies.
Bernadette is a strong believer in education and has achieved university qualifications in Psychology, Law, Communications and Commercial Art (graphic design). She is currently studying a Masters of Research & Evaluation at the University of Melbourne and is looking to further her education with a PHD in research.
Fred JonesOperations Manager & Company Secretary
Fred Jones joined the Australian Dairy Farmers’ team as Operations Manager in August 2014, after assisting Australian Dairy Farmers in a business advisory capacity since March 2014. Fred brings a wealth of experience in both operational and project management to the role having worked in the commercial and retail environment for over 35 years with Coles and other iconic retail brands.
Most recently Fred was the Regional Administration Manager at Target, a position he held for six years, in an area that covered 80 sites across Victoria and Tasmania. Fred’s extensive knowledge in budget preparation, auditing and compliance management will be of benefit to ADF with our financial and governance requirements.
Fred has also been tasked with forming enduring alliance partnerships with organisations that recognise the importance of the advocacy work performed by ADF, and through the ongoing development of the relationships, provide support and commercial benefits that will assist the capacity of ADF to continue to be the voice of dairy farmers.
Patrick KokAccounts Manager
Patrick joined ADF in October 2011. He has an Accounting degree from the U.K. and has 28 years in the finance role where he has gained his experience from various industries.
With his Audit background, Patrick had a short stint with the United Nations Office for Project Services and moved on to Finance Manager roles in the publishing & membership industries before moving on to marketing & fashion industries as Financial Controller.
Throughout his career, Patrick has made significant contribution to the organisations he was with. This holds true since Patrick has joined ADF in its pursuit to improve the transparency of the organisation.
Caroline MacIntyreExecutive Assistant
Caroline MacIntyre joined Australian Dairy Farmers in June 2016 as Executive Assistant to the President and CEO.
With over 30 years of experience Caroline is a highly experienced administration professional having worked in a broad range of industry sectors including finance, engineering, retail and the utilities sector. Her experience includes various Executive Assistant roles as well as Project, Office and Facility Management positions.
Caroline's primary focus at ADF is to provide secretarial support as well as diary and travel arrangements for the President and CEO. She works closely with the Office Administrator/Receptionist, in the development and implementation of effective office administrative systems, processes and procedures, the induction of new staff members and the management of service providers.
Doris GauciOffice Administrator and Receptionist
Doris Gauci joined Australian Dairy Farmers in April 2014 as an Office Administrator and Receptionist. She has over 30 years of experience within a broad range of industry sectors, specialising in Corporate Receptionist and Office Administration roles.
Doris is responsible for managing and directing work flow to various departments within ADF and the Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme (ADHIS). As the primary point of contact for office administrative duties, Doris is also responsible for staff induction, travel coordination and reconciliation of office expenses.
Doris is an integral member of the team at ADF, her input and strong work ethic ensures the smooth operation of the team and broader organisation.