Board Members

Allison McTaggart

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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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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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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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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Janice Kelly
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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.

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Ann Hodge

Ann Hodge is a primary producer with six years of customer representative committee experience, three of which were in executive positions. Ann has an ongoing interest in water policy and the environment, exemplified by her membership on the “Irrigators’ Share” committee, formed to make recommendations to DELWP regarding water policy.


Having dairy farmed in Leitchville for the last 20 years, the Hodge family recently moved to Barham on the NSW-Victorian border. Ann is Chair of the Victorian Murray Floodplain Restoration Project Gunbower Stakeholder Advisory Group, and previous Chair of the Torrumbarry Water Services Committee at the Goulburn-Murray Water Corporation (2018-2020).  With a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education, a Certificate III of Information Technology and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Ann brings skills, knowledge and experience in committee leadership, primary production, water policy and community engagement.

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Antonio (Tony) Alessi

Tony is a registered, self-employed chiropractor who grew up on a vineyard specialising in fresh fruit and dried fruit. Since 2016, he has been a member of Mallee Regional Partnerships where he assists in assessing and advocating for projects that improve the liveability of communities, access to services and economic development. Tony was an inaugural director on the board of the Mildura Base Public Hospital, where he was also a member of the Quality, Safety and Risk Committee. Tony has held multiple past positions, including Deputy Chairman Arts Mildura (2018-2020) and member of the Regional Advisory Council: Victorian Multicultural Commission (2015-2020). Tony has attained a Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Tony brings skills, knowledge and experience in corporate governance, risk and audit, primary industry and community engagement.

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