Board Members

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Chairperson

Sharyon Peart 

Sharyon moved from Melbourne to the Mallee in 2003, where she lived on a large citrus, dried fruit and wine grape growing property at Nangiloc. Sharyon’s background in corporate business, sales, marketing and team management gave inspiration to the small business Sharyon currently owns and operates. She has been the sole director since she created the company in 2005, specialising in retail consultation, and managing women’s health and wellbeing.

Sharyon served on the Mildura Rural City Council as a Councillor for nine years and gained much experience as portfolio councillor for art and education, later community services and wellbeing, and governance and finance.

Sharyon is committed to strengthening partnerships between community and government in the sustainable management of resources across our region. 

Sharyon is a member of the La Trobe University’s Mildura Regional Advisory Board; Deputy Chair of Lower Murray Water; a member of the Victorian Agricultural Advisory Council and Victorian CMA representative on the Resilient Cities and Towns Reference Group.

Sharyon currently represents the Mallee CMA as:

  • Chair – Victorian Catchments.

Sharyon was a Board member during the reporting year with her current term of appointment being from 01 October 2019 to 30 September 2023.

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Deputy Chair

Dr John Cooke

John was born in Ouyen and grew up on a Mallee wheat/sheep farm. Before retiring in 2013, John served as an extension officer, research scientist, manager and internal consultant.

As a research scientist, John led investigations of tillage systems for red/brown and Mallee soils in northern Victoria. He was the lead or sole author of 5-refereed papers, and numerous conference papers.

As a manager, John was responsible for land protection in the Mallee and other key issues across northern Victoria.  John’s involvement in waterway management has covered issues relevant to land tenure, reclamation, water quality and salinity, habitat protection and wetland watering programs. John also contributed significantly to land and water management across the southern Murray Darling Basin.

John is Chairperson of the Regional Advisory Board for the Mildura Campus of La Trobe University, and is a member of the Board of Mallee Family Care.

In 2015, John was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science by La Trobe University. This was in recognition of his contribution to natural resource management and community involvement in northern Victoria.

John was a Board member during the reporting year with his current term of appointment being from 01 October 2017 to 30 September 2021.

Allison McTaggart
Board Member

Allison McTaggart

Allison is the principal consultant at Allison McTaggart and Associates, a human resources and business consultancy firm. Her consultancy work includes strategic planning, governance, recruitment, training, corporate communications and workplace health and safety. 

Allison is a Director of Western Murray Irrigation and her family owned earthmoving business. Allison has chaired the Murray Primary Health Network Community Consultative Committee for the past two years. 

She formerly held roles with the Australian Table Grape Growers Association as the Manager for Communications and Industry Analysis and, more recently, Workforce Development Officer with the Murray Primary Health Network. 

Current memberships include: Australian Human Resource Institute; Governance Institute of Australia; Institute of Community Directors Australia; and Australian Institute of Company Directors fellow. 

Allison holds a Bachelor of Arts (Management Communication) and an Associate Diploma (Animal Production).

Allison was a Board member during the reporting year with her current term of appointment being from 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2021.

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Board Member

Robert Matthews

Having grown up on the family farm at Meringur, Robert Matthews has been involved in dryland wheat and sheep farming his whole life. After 13 years in the Commonwealth public service working in employment counselling, Robert returned to full time farming in 1998.  Robert’s main area of expertise is dryland farming; however, he is looking forward to being involved in all areas of natural resource management as part of the Mallee CMA Board.

With a keen focus on all areas of natural resource management, combatting soil erosion, resource efficiency and the further development of biological farming methods are major priorities for Robert.

Robert is currently serving as: Director of the Red Cliffs Association Board; Secretary of the Koorlong Hall committee; and member of the Mallee Natural Food Group Board. Robert is also the sole director of Kurnwill Quarries.

Robert was a Board member during the reporting year with his current term of appointment being from 01 October 2017 to 30 September 2021

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Board Member

Kellie Nulty

Kellie Nulty is a partner in a dryland farming operation at Carwarp. She also has a strong background in accounting and auditing, having worked as a practising accountant for the last 21 years in Melbourne and Mildura. 

Kellie has extensive internal and external auditing experience across a variety of industries, and also has expertise in management and financial accounting; information technology; risk management; corporate governance; project management; consulting and business advice. 

Kellie is a Chartered Accountant, Registered Company Auditor, Registered Superannuation Fund Auditor, and holds degrees in both Business and Computer Science.

Kellie was a Board member during the reporting year with her current term of appointment being from 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2023.

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Board Member

Jacqualyn Turfey

Jacqualyn is a barrister and an accredited mediator, and has been practising law for almost 20 years. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Equal Opportunity Administration and a Bachelor of Laws LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne.

Jacqualyn was an independent non-executive director of Aboriginal Housing from 2006 to 2016 and Worawa Aboriginal College from 2016 to 2017.

Jacqualyn brings extensive experience from the financial services sector where she was in-house counsel; a company secretary; and a director of a number of National Australia Bank subsidiary entities. Jacqualyn was in a leadership role in global banking risk management and governance. Experienced in State and Commonwealth government and private legal practice. Jacqualyn spent three and a half years at senior executive level in the Victorian Public Service.  

Jacqualyn brings unique experience and understanding gained from working across government, corporate, private and not for profit sectors. Jacqualyn has worked in Perth in the mining industry and represented the Yawuru Native Title holders in settlement negotiations with the Western Australian Government. Jacqualyn established company structures, frameworks and operations for entities associated with the Yawuru Corporate Group, including acting as Chief Executive Officer for a period of time. 

Jacki was a Board member during the reporting year with her current term of appointment being from 01 October 2017 to 30 September 2021.

Janice Kelly
Board Member

Janice Kelly

Ms Janice Kelly has 25 years’ experience as a Primary Producer and 35 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant.

She is an experienced Finance and Corporate Services Manager and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course.

Ms Kelly has provided significant input into organisational strategic plans both as a board member and senior manager.

Janice was a Board member during the reporting year with her current term of appointment being from 01 October 2019 to 30 September 2023.

Monica Munro
Board Member

Monica Munro

Monica Munro grew up in the Mallee township of Murrayville. With a background in natural resource management, Monica has worked in the water industry (Environmental Services) for eight  years.

Monica was the Environmental Officer for Lower Murray Water urban and Rural Water Corporation, with responsibility for compliance with environmental legislative and regulatory requirements across all functionalities of the business. 

Utilising her knowledge in compliance and risk management, Monica established a grain marketing company with her husband in 2013.

Monica was a Board member during the reporting year with her current term of appointment from 01 October 2019 to 30 September 2023.