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Board Directors

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Delwyn Seebeck, 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 40 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. 

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Terry O’Keefe, Vice Chair

Terry lives in Warrnambool.  He spent several years as a senior Business Manager with Centrelink, before leaving to take up a managerial position with a Job Network Agency.  He left there to open a small family run retail business in Warrnambool until 2010.  He currently works for the Worn Gundidj Aboriginal Co-operative in Warrnambool as the executive officer. He grew up on a family dairy farm at Winslow, and lived there until 2009.  He has held executive positions in many community based organisations and committees.  A full list is contained in the board section of the application form.  He has been a contributor to Rural Financial Counselling as a voluntary committee or Board member since 1992.

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Chris Warrick

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.
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Kim Joyce, Treasurer

Kim Joyce is a Certified Practising Accountant and Financial Planner, with his accounting firm located in Hamilton.  He commenced practice in 1985, having been employed in the corporate sector in Sydney and regional Queensland. Kim is actively involved in Rotary and in the operation of his own personal family farming enterprise

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Aurel Dessewffy

Aurel lives on a small farm at Barwon Downs and is actively engaged in the local and regional community in a variety of roles.  He was involved in community education for the CFA in the South Western region for three years from late 2009 as well as being a member of his local brigade.  He is also involved with the Otway Agro Forestry Network and was on the executive of the Upper Barwon Landcare Network.  Aurel has been the judge of the Colac Otway Business Awards since 2012 and was a member of the Ethics Committee of the Alfred Hospital till the end of 2015.   He has run his own coaching and mentoring practice for the past fourteen years.  Previously he was a senior executive in a number of major international financial institutions specialising in corporate and project finance.

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Colin Lynch

Colin Lynch is a dairy farmer from Framlingham 30 kms North East of Warrnambool.  He took over the family farm after the Ash Wednesday fires devastated the region, destroying half of their stock, all fencing and outbuildings, machinery and leaving his parents with only the clothes that they wore. Colin has been an active member of his community for many years – serving his local CFA as both Captain and brigade member, and local Recreation Reserve and Hall Committee member.  He has also been active in the UDV, both as a member and as Branch Chair. Colin is currently Deputy Chair at Terang Resources Inc., who oversaw the operation of Corangamite Rural Financial Counselling Service, until the amalgamation with South West Rural Financial Counsellin

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Noel Austin

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 through which he meets many farm families involved in the grain, dairy and grazing industries.

He is a current volunteer with the CFA with over 53 years of service. He has a Certificate IV TAE40110 in Training and Assessment and delivers on road 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 18 years and was Chair from 2005 to 2006 when the services amalgamated in 2006 he became a board member of Rural Financial Counselling Service Victoria Wimmera South West Inc.