30 March, Dr Clive Noble formally commenced his role as Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) Acting Chief Executive Officer.
Dr Noble brings a wealth of agricultural science and research knowledge from his 32-year career with the Department of Environment and Primary Industries
(DEPI), Victoria. Spanning his time at DEPI, Dr Noble has held the position of Institute Director (Tatura), Regional Manager (Northern Irrigation Region),
Executive Director of Research and Development, Chief of Science and Technology, and Head of Strategic Partnerships.
Dr Noble has also been an active member of the Dairy Moving Forward Steering Committee between 2008-2013, providing strategic direction and support for the Australian dairy industry’s national research, development
and extension framework.
A key highlight of Dr Noble’s DEPI career included working in Tatura, Victoria for 17 years as a Scientist and Regional Manager, building new relationships
with State Government, industry, universities and individual farmers across the region. His role during this time also involved leading major departmental
responses to flood events and the largest anthrax outbreak ever recorded in Australia, in 1997.
Dr Noble said he is excited to take on the interim role at ADF and looks forward to supporting the positive work and strategic direction of Australian
dairy’s policy and advocacy representation.
“Over my career I have worked with many agricultural industries and communities. I have always been inspired by the attitude and efforts of the dairy industry
and its people.
“I feel privileged to be working with the industry and I look forward to continuing the constructive work ADF is carrying out on behalf of dairy farmers
nationally,” Dr Noble said.
Dr Noble underwent an intensive induction period with former CEO, Natalie Collard prior to her departure. Ms Collard will commence her new role at Telstra
as Corporate Affairs Manager – Victoria and Tasmania this month.