Board members are responsible for the effective management of natural resources in the Catchment.
About the Board
Board members are drawn from within the region and are appointed by Victoria’s Minister for Water.
Collectively, the Board has extensive experience and knowledge of primary industry, land protection, water resource management, waterway and floodplain management, environmental conservation, local government, food processing, and business and financial management.
Current Board Directors
Murray Chapman - Chair (Productive Plains)
Murray is the owner of a farm at Goomalibee and a current member of several local community organisations including the CFA, the VFF and Landcare and a past Board member of the Benalla and District Memorial Hospital. He is a member of The Earth Resources Ministerial Advisory Council and is a Director of a tourism business on the mid-north NSW coast which incorporates the harmonisation of natural features. Murray has specialised in providing technical support and facilitation services to the NRM industry, particularly in water and on-farm efﬁciency. Murray is a past director of a natural resource management company specialising in advisory services as well as land and water project management both in Australia and China. He has many years’ experience in assisting governments and industry to achieve change-based programs.
Sandy MacKenzie - (Productive Plains SES)
Sandy has a Masters in Rural Science (UNE) and is currently the Landcare coordinator for the Burnt Creek Landcare Group. He holds executive positions with Landcare Victoria Inc and National Landcare Network Members Council. Sandy is also a Community Assessor for the Federal Government NRM programs Caring for our Country and Carbon Farming Initiative. Sandy has experience in Governance, Natural Resource Management and Community Education/Engagement and was the Founding Principal of Orange Agricultural College (Charles Sturt Uni).
Adrian Weston - (Agricultural Floodplains SES)
Adrian, who previously ran a dairy farm, owns and operates an irrigated prime lamb and cropping farm enterprise at Rushworth. He is also Mayor of Campaspe Shire, representing the the Waranga Ward.
Adrian has a long-standing interest in natural resource management and believes the greatest challenge facing the Catchment community is balancing the demand for increased productive use of land (soil) and water resources with protecting and improving the condition of the region’s unique natural environment. He says the key to building the Catchment’s environmental and social resilience relies on the willingness of business, industry and communities to embrace and adapt to change.
Adrian Appo - OAM - (Agricultural Floodplains SES)
Adrian has extensive experience in strategy development and governance, particularly in the fields of attracting funding and indigenous affairs. He is the principal consultant at Litehouse Business Solutions, treasurer of the Indigenous Leadership Network Victoria, chair of First Australians Capital and is a director on the Social Venture Australia and Children’s Ground boards. Adrian is also on advisory committees for Impact Investing Australia, University of Melbourne’s Business School and Melbourne Grammar School. Adrian believes the greatest challenge facing the Catchment is the increasing completion for water from various interest groups while its biggest opportunity is to lead the way in demonstrating best environmental practice to improve and protect the health of our waterways. He lives with his family in Merrigum.
Kate Stothers - (Productive Plains SES)
Kate lives in Upotipotpon and has many years' experience in sustainable land management, private land conservation and community development. She also has a strong interest in community-based democracies and advocating for climate change action. Kate’s farming background, extensive contacts and networks, environmental restoration skills and professional experience provide Kate with a good understanding of the Catchment community’s natural resource management priorities. Kate believes that using the natural ecological processes of our land and water scapes as the basis to determine community-driven local pathways towards sustainable land management practices is the key to addressing challenges such as climate change.
Helen Reynolds - (Agricultural Floodplains SES)
For the past 17 years Helen has owned and managed a farming business at Congupna with her partner Craig. The business produces a wide range of irrigated fodder, grains and small seeds and does contracting work and grain drying for other farms. Helen has an interest in sustainable and profitable private land use and effective management of public land. Helen believes the greatest challenge facing the Catchment is the disconnection of people's lives from nature and food production while the greatest opportunity is the chance to use water specifically for environmental benefits. She also believes one of our biggest advantages is our location and the innovative and committed people in the community and involved in agriculture that enrich our catchment.
Kate Hawkins - Yea (Upland Slopes SES)
Kate has owned a consulting business in scientific and corporate writing and editing, process improvement and community environmental education with her partner Ron for 13 years. She serves on the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network executive and is a member of CFA, local Landcare and community arts organisations. Kate has interests and experience in science communication (particularly about natural resources), small business, community engagement and governance. Kate lives in Yea.
Ailsa Fox - Merton (Upland Slopes SES)
Ailsa is a primary producer of many years' experience and is currently a partner in a farm at Merton focusing on beef cattle, wool and prime lamb production. She has had a long involvement in the VFF and, as well as her broad agricultural experience, Ailsa has well-recognised governance skills, serving as a board member with Rural Skills Australia and as Chair of the Administrators of the Rural City of Wangaratta. Ailsa believes the greatest challenge and opportunity facing the Catchment is finding the balance between addressing agriculture-related financial and social issues and improved environmental outcomes.