ADIC Board

The primary role of the Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC)’s Board is to provide strategic direction and input towards whole of industry policy development. Comprised of eight members – four directors from Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) and four directors from the Australian Dairy Products Federation (ADPF) – the ADIC Board mutually represents the interests of dairy farmers and dairy processors, providing a unique whole of industry approach to policy and advocacy. The Board is also responsible for approving the ADIC Annual Investment Plan (AAIP) and the allocation of funds to support the development and delivery of the priorities listed in the plan.

Rick Gladigau

President

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.

Grant Crothers

Deputy Chair

Grant Crothers has over 25 years of experience in the processing sector and a deep insight into the Australian and international dairy industry. As CEO and Managing Director of Burra Foods, Grant’s leadership has seen the business grow from a start-up in 1991, to one of Australia’s largest processing companies with offices in Melbourne, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

Having spent his career in food marketing and manufacturing with a heavy bias toward the dairy industry; Grant is committed to building the reputation of the Australian dairy industry and its food security credentials.

Grant is a Director of the Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC) Board, has a Bachelor of Business in Marketing, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School Owner/President Management.

He is married with three children.

John Williams

ADPF Representative

John Williams is the General Manager of Sales, Marketing and Innovation at Warrnambool Cheese & Butter (WCB). John has over 23 years experience in trading hard and soft commodities with a focus on agricultural products, primarily to the Asian region. He is responsible for sales, marketing and distribution of WCB’s bulk dairy product, internationally and domestically. He also oversees the company’s research and development program, as well as warehousing and logistics.

John is currently a director of Australia’s dairy industry peak body, the Australian Dairy Industry Council and Vice President of the Australian Dairy Products Federation. He has also been a director of WCB Kabushiki Kaisha, Japan and Dairy Innovation Australia Ltd.

John has a Graduate Diploma in International Business at Monash University, Bachelor of Economics and Asian Studies at The Australian National University, and a Graduate Certificate of Australian Rural Leadership at James Cook University.

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