KYLIE HOLMES - CPA, B Business (Accounting), GAICD, MBAExecutive Officer (Leongatha)
Kylie commenced in the Executive Office role 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 AUBREY PELLETT - Dip Farm Mgmt, B Commerce (Farm Mgmt), Grad Dip Info Systems, GAICDChair
Aubrey has been a board member since 2012 and is also a member of the Audit Sub-Committee.
Aubrey lives at Hill End in West Gippsland where he has operated a dairy farm business since 2002. Before farming Aubrey worked in rural and retail banking and for Bonlac Foods during 2004 – 2005 as a field officer in Gippsland.
Aubrey was a director of GippsDairy between 2010 and 2014, is currently the Deputy Chairman of the Bonlac Supply Company, a Fonterra Forum Delegate since 2012, and appointed to the Agribusiness Gippsland Board in 2017.
Mr Dean CullenDeputy Chair
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. Dean has a long standing connection with the South Gippsland region both as a resident as well as in a professional capacity.
Mr ROBIN LOWE, FCA Treasurer
Robin has been a board member since 2012 and has served as Vice Chair of the Board. Robin is currently the Chairman and Treasurer of the Audit Sub-Committee.
Robin grew up on a small dairy farm in South Gippsland before completing his Bachelor of Business at Monash University. He is a Senior Principal of Crowe Horwath, an integrated financial services provider within Gippsland and part of an international accounting network.
Robin has over 35 years in public practice and has spent his entire working career in advisory roles. A diverse client base of small to medium enterprises provides exposure to a very wide range of business situations. He has a keen interest in the not-for-profit sector and is a long serving President of the Sale Tennis Club as well as serving on advisory committees with Tennis Victoria.
Robin is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Registered Tax Agent and a Registered Company Auditor.
Mrs Clare AdamsBoard Member
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 Raelene HanrattyBoard Member
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.
Ms Heather Stacy (AM) - Dip Applied Science (Ag), Grad Cert 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.
Ms Michelle Dowsett - CPA, MBA, BBusCom, GAICDBoard Member
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.