Aurora Dairies' management team are dedicated to exceeding our investors' expectations, whilst developing and supporting our people to ensure a sustainable future.
Ben James, CEO
Ben joined Warakirri in May 2012 in the role of Operations Manager. He studied a Bachelor of Applied Science Agriculture at University of Adelaide. Ben has over 20 years’ practical experience within the agriculture industry and more specifically experience in large scale dairy and mixed farming enterprises. Ben commenced his current role in December 2012.
Fergus Crawford, Commercial Manager
Fergus joined Warakirri in June 2018, in the role of Project Manager, Aurora Dairies. Previously he had worked with Murray Goulburn in Strategy and prior to this worked in corporate advisory M&A /Strategy and Commercial Banking for 10 years. Fergus has a Bachelor of Business from La Trobe University. Fergus grew up on a dairy farm and has experience across the dairy value chain. Fergus has been a part of the Aurora Dairies team since inception and commenced as Commercial Manager in February 2019.
Dave Kelly, Operations Manager
Dave joined Warakirri Dairies in August 2007 as a Farm Manager in the Gippsland area. He commenced his current role as Operations Manager in 2009. Dave has a long association with the dairy industry, in both New Zealand and Australia. Dave oversees the Northern Victoria and Gippsland regions while also evaluating acquisition opportunities across the business.
Ricky Tuck, Operations Manager
Ricky joined Aurora Dairies in June 2019 as Operations Manager for Western District and South West Victoria region. Ricky has strong dairy farm management knowledge and experience, developed while owning, and operating, his own dairy farm in New Zealand and in senior operational roles across a range of corporate dairy businesses in New Zealand, the United States and most recently Tasmania.
Peter Van Zyl, Operations Manager
Peter joined Aurora Dairies in April 2020 as Operations Manager for South Australia. He brings strong operational dairy experience developed over 20 years of farm management, including a number of large-scale operational management positions. Peter’s experience covers pasture-based operations in South Africa, New Zealand, and most recently, in Tasmania.
Mark Saddington, Training, Onboarding and Safety Manager
Mark joined Aurora Dairies in June 2020 as Training, Onboarding and Safety Manager. Mark has a unique skill set and experience that complement his role with strong operational dairy management experience as well as extensive experience in, and a passion for, dairy industry training and development.