ADF Board

As the primary governance body of Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF), the Board’s principle responsibility is to oversee, approve and monitor the strategic direction of the organisation.

Seeking strategy direction from the National Council – ADF’s state representative body – and ADF’s Policy Advisory Groups (PAGs), the Board ensures activities undertaken by ADF meet the shared national priorities of dairy farmers across Australia, and the views of key stakeholder groups are taken into account.

The ADF Board plays a crucial role in electing the President and National Council members, and selecting the ADF Independent Director and the Chair of each PAG. The Board is also responsible for monitoring the integrity of financial reporting, overseeing risk management and legal compliance, and providing guardianship of corporate values.

Terry Richardson


Terry Richardson operates a dairy farm with his family in Deans Marsh, South West Victoria, where he has lived since 2004. The farm has seasonal calving pattern and milks around 500 cows.

Terry was appointed ADF Business Director in November 2015, Acting President in December 2016 and appointed as President in November 2017.

Terry has held a number of positions in the dairy industry, both in New Zealand and Australia. He was a director of Kiwi Co-operative Dairies for seven years and a dairy consultant with Agriculture New Zealand for seven years. After moving to Australia he joined his local UDV branch and was later appointed to the South West Regional Extension Committee. He was previously Chairman of Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Company and was a director of the company for eight years. Terry has also served on many community boards and committees.

Terry completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics, a Diploma of Business Studies, and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Colin Thompson


Colin Thompson’s dairy career began on a small family farm at Narooma on the far south coast of NSW. In January 2000, due to deregulation, the family farm was sold and Colin, wife Erina and family relocated to Cowra, central west NSW. During the past 19 years they developed a 320 cow freestall dairy facility producing around 4.5 million litres of milk per year. They produce irrigated corn, lucerne and cereals to provide fodder for the dairy herd.

A member of the NSWFarmers Dairy Committee for the past 4 years Colin was recently elected Chair of the Committee.

Brian Tessmann


Brian Tessmann is a Queensland dairy farmer from the South Burnett area. Jointly running the family operation with his brother, the farm has been in the Tessmann family for four generations and milks 150 cows.

Brian has a long history with the Queensland Dairyfarmers Organisation (QDO). Since being appointed as District Secretary in 1995, he was then elected to the QDO Board and State Council in 2000 and in 2003 became the Vice President.

Brian has been President of QDO since 2009, as well as a Director on the ADF Board and National Council. Over this period, Brian has also held various roles at both state and national levels.

Brian is passionate about the northern dairy industry and hopes to drive improved opportunities for farmers in the region. Brian is married to Dixie with two sons, Carl and Eric.

Rick Gladigau


Rick Gladigau grew up on his family’s dairy farm and was employed there as a farmhand upon leaving school. Rick has broad experience, having worked on a potato farm and as a dairy share farmer, and trained in Canada as part of an agricultural exchange program before returning to manage his family’s dairy farm.

He was a ward representative for Australian Co-operative Foods and a member of the Dairy Farmers Milk Co-operative (DFMC) Board of Directors from 2013 to 2016. Rick has been a Board Member of the South Australian Dairyfarmers’ Association (SADA) since 2007 and is currently the organisation’s treasurer. He also sits on the National Farmers’ Federation’s Trade Committee and the ADF Markets, Trade and Value Chain Policy Advisory Group.

Rick is passionate about the dairy industry, which has helped him gain experience in industry leadership, governance, and negotiation.

Victoria Taylor

Independent Director

Victoria Taylor brings over two decades’ experience in agricultural policy and communications, non-profit management and stakeholder engagement to the Board. A former Executive Director of the Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia, she is passionate about the development of profitable and sustainable agricultural industries. Victoria is a Ministerial appointment to the Rice Marketing Board for the State of NSW and an Independent Director of the Safety Institute of Australia. She owns a business that provides strategic policy and communications support to clients in primary industries and manages the Horticulture Strategy under the National Primary Industries RD&E Framework on behalf of Commonwealth and State agencies. She is a Graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course.

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