Team 2022-01-31T13:41:40+10:00

Team

Board Profiles

KYLIE HOLMES - CPA, B Business (Accounting), GAICD, MBA
KYLIE HOLMES - CPA, B Business (Accounting), GAICD, MBAExecutive Officer
Kylie commenced as Executive Officer of RFCS Gippsland in September 2016. Kylie has worked in the banking and finance industry, and more recently with water service and supply organisations in various management roles including finance, IT, regulation and business services. Working with water service organisations, Kylie has had involvement with the rural and farming sectors assisting with water supply services.
Mr Dean Cullen
Mr Dean CullenChair
Dean commenced as an RFCS Gippsland Board member in 2019 bringing extensive financial services experience, most recently as General Manager within the Insurance industry that includes risk management, strategy and significant financial analysis, particularly for commercial, small business and farming clients, as well as being successfully accountable for business, product and employee performance. He holds a Bachelor Business and is a Fellow of the Australian & NZ Insurance Institute. Dean has a long standing connection with the South Gippsland region both as a resident as well as in a professional capacity.
Ms Raelene Hanratty
Ms Raelene HanrattyDeputy Chair
Raelene commenced as an RFCS Gippsland Board member in 2019 and has a background in banking, operated a Dairy Farm for 32 years, and has held numerous positions on boards and committees, with an extensive volunteering record as President, Treasurer, Manager and Coach for various State and local sporting groups in Gippsland.
Current positions include a Mentor for the Lifeline Farmers’ Friend program; Deputy Chair of Heyfield Hospital; Customer Consultative Committee Deputy Chair for Southern Rural Water, with representation on the Modernization Program and Agriculture Industry Group engagement committees. Previous advisory roles include representing the agricultural sector in the Gippsland Regional Assembly, and representing the Dairy industry in local and government discussions and inquiries.
Raelene brings significant experience in business management and governance including finance; risk; strategy; stakeholder relations; legal and regulatory compliance.
Current positions include a Mentor for the Lifeline Farmers’ Friend program; Deputy Chair of Heyfield Hospital; Customer Consultative Committee Deputy Chair for Southern Rural Water, with representation on the Modernization Program and Agriculture Industry Group engagement committees. Previous advisory roles include representing the agricultural sector in the Gippsland Regional Assembly, and representing the Dairy industry in local and government discussions and inquiries.
Raelene brings significant experience in business management and governance including finance; risk; strategy; stakeholder relations; legal and regulatory compliance.
Ms Michelle Dowsett - CPA, MBA, B.BusCom, GAICD
Ms Michelle Dowsett - CPA, MBA, B.BusCom, GAICDTreasurer
Michelle commenced on the RFCS Gippsland Board in November 2019, bringing significant skills and experience in senior management; policy; finance; people and culture; compliance; risk; strategy and overall governance. Michelle currently resides at a family hobby cattle farm in Longford, Gippsland and is the CEO of a community based non-profit Elderly Citizens Village in Sale. Amongst other roles, she was previously a Lecturer at Victorian University, has held Directorships; Independent Audit & Risk; Treasury; Committee memberships and Volunteer roles in both private and government sectors across Education; Utilities; Municipal Agencies; Health Care; Employment; Aged Care; Sporting and Indigenous organisations. Michelle holds a range of qualifications in Business, is a certified CPA, holds an MBA, and is an AICD graduate.
Mrs Clare Adams BJ
Mrs Clare Adams BJSecretary
Clare commenced as a RFCS Gippsland Board Member in early 2018 bringing extensive experience within financial services, banking and employment industries.
Clare has considerable experience on boards within the education and aged care sectors, with specific expertise in finance and audit.
A previous member of the Regional Victorian Small Business Partnership and Reference Group, Clare is highly involved in her community of Sale, and is currently appointed as a Victorian State Bail Justice.
Ms Heather Stacy (AM) - D.Applied Science (Ag), GD. Rural Leadership, MBA, GAICD
Ms Heather Stacy (AM) - D.Applied Science (Ag), GD. Rural Leadership, MBA, GAICDBoard Member
Heather commenced on the RFCS Gippsland Board in November 2019, bringing significant agribusiness, workplace culture, and governance experience (specialising in risk, strategy and finance) within corporate, government and non-profit sectors internationally. Heather grew up on a dairy farm and has continued her career working across various family and large corporate agribusiness industries in Australia and New Zealand, predominantly in Senior Management roles (including United Dairyfarmers and Fonterra), and has held Board Director memberships with AgriFutures; West Gippsland Healthcare Group, and Victorian WorkCover Authority. Heather is a graduate of the AICD, Australian Rural Leadership Program, and holds an MBA as well as qualifications in Agricultural Science. Her contributions to Rural Australia have seen her become an honouree member of the Order of Australia.
Mr Peter Jennings (OAM) - B. Sc. Grad Dip. Ed. Dip. AICD. Dip. Management
Mr Peter Jennings (OAM) - B. Sc. Grad Dip. Ed. Dip. AICD. Dip. ManagementBoard Member
Peter commenced as a Board Director for RFCS Gippsland in November 2021. Starting his career as a teacher, Peter has been a generational farmer in Gippsland for over 40 years.
Awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2017 for his services to the Gippsland community, he has held various leadership and governance roles including as a Shire Councillor, Commissioner and Board Member/Chair for numerous organisations, incorporating significant financial oversight.

Peter has 14 years prior experience working for RFCS Gippsland, including 9 years in the Executive Officer role.

Mr Damian Murphy - Adv. Dip. Agriculture
Mr Damian Murphy - Adv. Dip. AgricultureBoard Member
Damian commenced as a Board Director for RFCS Gippsland in November 2021 bringing significant Dairy farming experience and leadership in Agricultural policy and advocacy.
Milking 270 cows at Dumbalk North, Damian has held roles with the United Dairy Farmers of Victoria, Australian Dairy Farmers, Victorian Agricultural Advisory Council and is a Board member of Farmconnect. As well as farming, Damian & his family also operate businesses in Leongatha.

Awarded a Nuffield Scholarship in 2012 Damians study topic was ‘Young Farmer Finance Schemes’, and is now the Vice Chair of Nuffield Victoria.