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Board Directors


Chris Warrick, Chair

 Growing up on a farm near Horsham, Victoria, Chris has pursued a career in agriculture focusing on helping farmers make informed decisions.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Business from Marcus Oldham Collage Chris worked for Kondinin Group as a research officer based in Wagga Wagga, NSW and later Toowoomba, QLD. During his time with Kondinin Group Chris broadened his experience of different farming systems around Australia and gained an insight into various drivers for key business decisions.



Delwyn Seebeck, Deputy Chair

Delwyn Seebeck has lived in the Colac region her entire life and grew up on a grazing property south of Birregurra. She moved into the dairying industry in 1971 and owned a dairy farming business at Gerangamete 25kms south east of Colac, which is now managed by her son and his wife. Delwyn has more than 20 years advocacy experience in agriculture, particularly dairying, and farmer health and education. She was a farmer representative to the Victorian Farmers Federation, United Dairy farmers Victoria, the Australian Dairy Farmers and associated groups and committees.  She has represented the Rural Financial Counselling Service of Wimmera South West and the Victorian & Tasmanian Association of Rural Financial Counselling Groups for over 20 years, including several terms as Chairperson of both organisations.

Delwyn has been involved in various community groups for over 50 years and is currently actively involved as a member of Lions International through the Lions Club of Forrest & District.  She is currently Cabinet Secretary of Australian Lions District 201V2. Delwyn has chaired over 5 different bodies for a period in excess of 10 years. 

Gayle Styles

Gayle has worked in the Finance Industry for some 40 years working for various banks and lender institutions. She moved to Hamilton 20 years ago with her husband and 3 children to assist in setting up an agriculture industry focussed leasing business.  That business was sold to the Bendigo Bank in 2013 and she commenced a Finance Broking business with Ashley Lambert.  She deals with a wide range of people involved in Agriculture and has always had an interest in the Rural sector.   Gayle has been a member of Rural Financial Counselling Service WSW since 2015.

Lindsay Ferguson

Lindsay Ferguson

Regional Manager, Dairy Australia, and Executive Officer, WestVic Dairy, Lindsay’s agricultural career has spanned consulting, accounting, academic and government roles. Lindsay was senior lecturer and head of business management at University of Melbourne – Glenormiston Campus for 14 years. Later Lindsay managed Regional Development Victoria’s business development team in the Barwon South West Region before a return to the dairy industry.

Lindsay joins the RFCS WSW board in 2021 as an experienced board member of several regional organisations, and a member of our Terang Regional Advisory Group since 2016. He is Deputy Chair of the Corangamite CMA’s sustainable agriculture steering committee and has been a member of the Wangoom Rural Fire Brigade for over 20 years.

Lindsay’s qualifications and affiliations include MAgrSc, GradDipFinMan, GradDipBusiness, BSc (Agr), CA, GAICD and Cert IV Assessment & Workplace Training.

Dianne Bowles

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John Tesoriero

John Tesoriero

John moved to Bendigo from Mildura in 2019 and is an experienced Board Director and Executive Manager in the water and agricultural sectors in Victoria and New South Wales. 

Previous Board roles include Chair of Lower Murray Water, the Murray Valley Citrus Board and a Director of the Sunraysia Rural Financial Counselling Service, while recent executive roles include General Manager, Water Supply with Southern Rural Water and Chief Executive of the Murray Valley Citrus Board.

He holds a Graduate Diploma of Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 
John’s community work has comprised membership of the Mildura Base Hospital Community Advisory Board and he is currently doing voluntary work with Vision Australia.

Stephen Sheridan, Board Member, RFCS Victoria West

Stephen Sheridan

Stephen’s passion for agriculture was established being raised on a mixed dryland-irrigation farm prior to studying agriculture. Stephen has had a lengthy career in agriculture working with industry and the farming community, first with AWB, one of Australia’s largest corporate agribusinesses, where he gained experience in various roles along the supply chain from farm gate to end-user. He then moved to the not-for-profit sector continuing to work directly with farmers as well as industry and government at the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) most recently as CEO. Stephen continues his work in agriculture through a private consultancy and brings his agribusiness and board representative experience together with his passion for agriculture in joining the RFCS Victoria West Board.
Stephen’s formal qualifications include a degree in Agricultural Economics, Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance & Investment and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Noel Austin, retired/advisory

Noel lives at Kaniva and operates a family farm, mainly grain with some sheep for wool. He also operates a transport business carrying feed grains to the dairy industry in South West Victoria and South East South Australia though which he meets many farm families involved in the grain, dairy and grazing industries.

He is a current volunteer with the CFA with over 56 years of service and recently received a National Medal for his services. Noel has a certificate IV TAE40110 in Training and Assessment. He delivers on and off road driver training and minimum skills training for the CFA.

Noel serves the community as a Justice of the Peace (JP) He has been involved with Wimmera Rural Counselling Service Inc. for over 20 years being Chair from 2005 to 2006. He became a Board Member of Rural Financial Counselling Service Victoria –Wimmera South West Inc. when the Services amalgamated in 2006.

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