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, General Manager Commercial
Fergus joined Warakirri in June 2018, in the role of Project Manager to assist in the establishment of Aurora Dairies. Previously he had worked with Murray Goulburn in Corporate and Commercial 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 has had substantial experience working across the agriculture value chain and has been part of the Aurora Dairies team since inception in February 2019.
Sam Dunbar, Operations Manager
Sam joined Aurora Dairies in July 2021 as Regional Operations Manager for Gippsland and Northern Victoria. Sam has strong operational dairy experience in farm management developed in over 20 years in the industry including a number of large scale operational management positions. Sam’s experience is broad and covers significant involvement in pasture based operations in Gippsland, Southwest and Northern Victoria.
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.
Simon Bennett, Regional Operations Manager - Central Tasmania
Simon joined Aurora Dairies in December 2022, as apart of acquisition of the Tasmanian farms into the Aurora portfolio. He has over 20 years of dairy farm management and experience in large- scale dairy farms, with 4 years’ experience as operations manager in corporate dairy. Simon is a local, with good understanding of running a sustainable dairy business in a pasture-base system.
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.