Board of Directors

The role of the Board is to represent Devondale Murray Goulburn farmer-shareholders, as a whole, and to promote and protect the interests of the co-op.


Murray Goulburn's Board comprises 11 Directors – including eight Supplier Directors and three Special Directors.

The role of the Board is to represent shareholders, as a whole, and to promote and protect the interests of Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co. Limited.

The Board's principal objective is to create and enhance shareholder value in a manner which is consistent with the co-operative objective of maximising supplier returns. The Board is accountable to the shareholders for Murray Goulburn's performance and governance. 

Murray Goulburn's Board comprises 11 Directors – including eight Supplier Directors and three Special Directors.

The Special Directors bring expertise in finance and international business to the Board and were selected after taking into account the skills and competencies that the Board considered were necessary to augment the extensive industry knowledge and other expertise provided by the supplier directors.

The Board of Directors includes:

John Spark

Chairman

J Spark

John Spark was appointed to the Board of Murray Goulburn as Chairman in April 2017. He has extensive Board and management experience across a range of large and complex businesses, including in the agricultural industry.

John was previously a Director of Ridley Corporation from 2008 until 2015 and served as Chairman from 2010. He remains a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee at Newcrest Mining Limited. He also previously served on the Boards of ANL, Baxter Group Ltd and MacArthur Coal Ltd.

He is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Natalie Akers

N Akers

Natalie Akers was elected to the Board of Murray Goulburn in 2011. She is a member of the Compliance Committee and Supplier Relations Committee.

Natalie is a dairy farmer, milking 700 cows at Tallygaroopna, in northern Victoria. She has a Bachelor of Public Policy and Management with Honours, a Bachelor of Arts and has completed the Fairley Leadership Program. Natalie has pursued a professional career in agriculture, including water policy and dairy research and development.

Natalie is also a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mark Clark

Special Director

Mark Clark

Mark Clark was appointed to the Board of Murray Goulburn in November 2016 as a Special Director. He is Chairman of the Compliance Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee. Mark has extensive Board and senior management experience, including directorships with companies operating in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), retail and consumer markets in Asia, Australia and Europe. Mark spent more than 30 years with Coca-Cola Amatil Limited (1976 to 2008), and held various positions, including Managing Director Australasia and President of Coca-Cola Bottlers in Korea. Mark then held the position of Group General Manager with Pacific Brands Limited from 2008 to 2010.

Mark is a Non-Executive Director of Guardian Early Learning. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Marketing) from the University of New South Wales and is a member of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

William T. Bodman

W Bodman

William T. Bodman was elected to the Board of Murray Goulburn in 2009 and joint Deputy Chairman from 2011 to November 2012. He is Chairman of the Supplier Relations Committee and a member of the Compliance Committee and Remuneration and Nominations Committee. William (Bill) is a dairy farmer, milking 420 cows on two farms at Won Wron in Gippsland, Victoria.

He has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree from La Trobe University and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Craig J. Dwyer

Craig Dwyer was elected to the Board of Murray Goulburn in October 2016. He is a member of the Compliance Committee and Supplier Relations Committee.

Craig is a dairy farmer, milking 220 cows near Cobden in Western Victoria. Craig has almost 20 years’ experience in dairy farming and prior to that he operated exploration drill rigs in Western Australia and Malaysia.

Craig is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Lisa M. Dwyer

Lisa Dwyer was elected to the Board of Murray Goulburn in October 2016. She is a member of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee and Supplier Relations Committee.

Lisa is a dairy farmer, milking 280 cows in Hawkesdale in Western Victoria. Lisa’s career has spanned 20 years and has included various roles in finance, sales, marketing and business development and she is currently responsible for the operation of a dairy/beef enterprise. Lisa has experience as a non-executive director, including a current directorship with the Australian Livestock Export Corporation Limited and a former directorship with Dairy Australia Limited (from 2014 to 2016).

Lisa has a Graduate Certificate in Agribusiness from the University of Melbourne and an Advanced Diploma in Agriculture.  She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.

Michael F. Ihlein

Special Director

M Ihlein

Michael F. Ihlein was elected to the Board of Murray Goulburn in 2012 as a Special Director. He is Chairman of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee. Michael (Mike) is a highly experienced international business and finance executive. He was Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (2007 to 2009) and Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer (2004 to 2007) of Brambles Limited. He also held various senior management and directorship positions with Coca-Cola Amatil Limited including Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer (1997 to 2004) and Managing Director, Poland (1995 to 1997). He is currently a director of Scentre Group, CSR Limited and Snowy Hydro Limited.

Mike has a Bachelor of Business (University of Technology) and is a Fellow of CPA Australia, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Kelvin D. Jackson

Kelvin Jackson was elected to the Board of Murray Goulburn in October 2016. He is a member of the Compliance Committee and Supplier Relations Committee.

Kelvin is a dairy farmer, milking 400 cows in Hazel Park in South Gippsland. Kelvin has significant board experience, including directorships with Dairy Australia Limited (from 2006 to 2015) and Bonlac Foods Limited (from 1999 to 2007).

Kelvin is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Kenneth W. Jones

K Jones

Kenneth W. Jones (Ken) was elected to the Board of Murray Goulburn in 2008 and was Deputy Chairman from 2011 to October 2016. He is Chairman of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee and a member of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee and Supplier Relations Committee.

Ken is a dairy farmer, milking 430 cows at Kergunyah in north east Victoria.

He has an Advanced Diploma in Agriculture and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

George Harper Kilpatrick

George Harper Kilpatrick (Harper) was elected to the Board of Murray Goulburn in October 2016. He is a member of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee and Supplier Relations Committee.

Harper is a Chartered Accountant and a dairy farmer, milking 750 cows near Koroit in Western Victoria. Harper has 20 years’ experience as an accountant and has held various senior management roles, including with an agricultural co-operative in the United Kingdom and a dairy and consumer foods company in Saudi Arabia. Harper has also had board experience with dairy industry bodies, including current directorships with the Australian Dairy Conference Pty Ltd and WestVic Dairy Inc.

Harper is a FCA and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.), Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Honours from the University of Reading and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Ulster.

Graham N. Munzel

G Munzel

Graham N. Munzel was elected to the Board of Murray Goulburn in 2008. He is a member of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee and Supplier Relations Committee.

Graham is a dairy farmer, milking 290 cows at Gunbower in northern Victoria.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ari Mervis

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Ari Mervis

Ari joined MG in February 2017 as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director.

Ari commenced his career in South Africa and was previously Managing Director SABMiller, Asia Pacific and Chief Executive Officer, Carlton & United Breweries and was responsible for overseeing operations in China, India, Vietnam, South Korea and Australia.

Ari has over 27 years experience in the beverage industry and held a number of senior management roles with SABMiller, the world’s second largest brewer. He has been Managing Director of businesses in Swaziland, Russia, Asia and Australia.

Ari holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Since 2012 he has been a Non-Executive Director of the Melbourne Business School. 

Amy Alston

General Counsel and Corporate Affairs Director (Company Secretary)

Amy Alston

Amy joined MG in 2013 and has held the role of General Counsel since October 2015. She became Company Secretary in November 2016.

Prior to joining MG Amy spent nine years as Senior Corporate Counsel at investment bank Deutsche Bank. Her extensive commercial law experience spans 18 years and includes roles working with Standard Bank London and Optus. She started her legal career at law firm Minter Ellison.

Amy holds a Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from FINSIA and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.