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
Helen Reynolds - Chair
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 the 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 involved in agriculture that enrich our catchment.
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 Compensation Advisory Committee. He is also the Chair of the Mid-Goulburn Grassland Society Branch and is 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.
Adrian, who previously ran a dairy farm, owns and operates an irrigated prime lamb and cropping farm enterprise at Rushworth. He is also a Campaspe Shire councillor, 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 the 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.
Sarah holds a Masters of Agriculture and Rural Development and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course. She has experience in executive and management roles in agriculture, extension and research and community development and education. Sarah has been a been a partner in an irrigated dairy farm near Undera since 2004. She is involved in Australian Women in Agriculture, National Rural Women's Coalition, Australian Dairy Collective (milk supply group) and the VFF. Sarah is passionate about sustainable future for agriculture and the environment, enjoys working with variety of stakeholders and is keen to see next generation become more involved in natural reosurce management.
Jan runs a cattle stud and cereal crop and grain business with her partner. Her professional experience includes executive roles at Be.Bendigo (Business Council), Central Goldfields Shire Council, Castlemaine District Community Health, Regional Development Victoria (Loddon Mallee Region), City of Greater Bendigo, Department of Natural Resources and Environment and the North Central CMA. She is on the boards of Haven; Home, Safe; Bendigo Art Gallery; and the Bendigo Jockey Club. She holds a Bachelor of Town and Regional Planning and an Australian Institute of Company Directors course diploma.
Leanne is a Dhulanyagen Ulupna woman of the Yorta Yorta people. She is an experienced director with a history of working in government, non-government and social organisations. She is skilled in governance and leadership in non-profit organisations, corporate social responsibility, program evaluation, conflict resolution and culture change. Leanne is a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Social Equity and works as an Indigenous Workforce Adviser at RMIT. She has extensive experience advocating for and building opportunities with women in business, including in environmental management and in tourism. Leanne is Chair of the Outback Academy, a Victorian Women’s Trust board member, a Victorian Women's Benevolent Trust - Dugdale Trust for Women and Girls trustee, a member of Koorie Women Mean Business and was elected as a North East Member of the First Peoples Assembly of Victoria.