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
Annie Volkering - Chair
Annie has more than 30 years’ experience working in natural resource and public land management in Victoria. She also has extensive governance, leadership and financial management experience and currently holds an executive role with the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). Annie is an Australian Institute of Company Directors Graduate, a Williamson Community Leadership Program Alumni and has served on the University of Melbourne’s Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and Office of Environmental Programs advisory boards.
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
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 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 her 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.
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 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.
Jenny has held senior executive roles in corporate affairs, economic development, tourism and strategic planning in the public and private sectors. She is currently employed in the not-for-profit sector. Jenny has extensive experience in external and internal stakeholder management, community engagement, public policy and media and issues management. Jenny sees changes in population, land use and water policy as the greatest challenges facing the catchment. She believes working in collaboration with a well-informed community is the best way to understand and plan for the social and economic effects of current and future governments’ natural resource management policy decisions.
Ron is a beef producer at Nagambie and has a strong understanding and interest in sustainable agriculture, operations and policy after working for Victorian Government agriculture departments over many years. Ron is currently Chair of the Wild Dog Management Advisory Committee and the Cattle Council Advisory Committee and is a member of the Victorian Agricultural Advisory Committee. He is also a VFF member.
Sam is an Agricultural Scientist who farms apples and other irrigated crops near Tatura. He has extensive agricultural industry knowledge and experience gained through working in and with communities in northern Victoria and southern NSW. He is involved with local community and grower groups and is interested in initiatives that achieve a balance between environmental, social and economic production considerations.