Allison is the principal consultant at Allison McTaggart and Associates, a human resources and business consultancy business. Allison’s 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 Chaired the Murray Primary Health Network North West Community Consultative Committee until July 2022 and was Deputy Chair of Mallee District Aboriginal Service Finance Audit and Risk Committee until October 2021. Other former roles include working with the Australian Table Grape Association as Manager for Communications and Industry Analysis, the Murray Primary Health Network as a Workforce Development Officer, and Tandou Limited as Human Resource Manager.
Allison’s diverse background includes agribusiness, earthmoving and small mines extraction, public relations, marketing, and workforce development.
Current memberships include: Australian Human Resource Institute; Governance Institute of Australia; Institute of Community Directors Australia; Australian Institute of Company Directors fellow.
Allison holds a Bachelor of Arts (Management Communication) and an Associate Diploma (Animal Production).
Allison currently represents the Mallee CMA Board as:
Allison was a Board member during the reporting year with her current term of appointment being from 01 October 2021 to 30 September 2025.
In addition to being a partner in a dryland farming operation at Carwarp, Kellie has a strong background in accounting and auditing. Kellie has worked as a practising accountant for more than 20 years.
Kellie has extensive internal and external auditing experience across a variety of industries. Her fields of expertise include: management and financial accounting; information technology; risk management; corporate governance; project management; and business consultancy.
Kellie is a Chartered Accountant, Registered Company Auditor, Registered Superannuation Fund Auditor, and holds degrees in both Business and Computer Science.
Kellie currently represents the Mallee CMA Board as:
Kellie was a Board member during the reporting year with her current term of appointment being from 01 October 2019 to 30 September 2023.
Having grown up on the family farm at Meringur, Robert 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.
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 sole director of Kurnwill Quarries.
Robert currently represents the Mallee CMA Board as:
Robert was a Board member during the reporting year with his current term of appointment being from 01 October 2021 to 30 September 2025.
Janice Kelly has over 25 years’ experience as a primary producer and 35 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant. Janice is an experienced Finance and Corporate Services Manager and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.
Janice has provided significant input into organisational strategic plans both as a board member and senior manager.
Janice currently represents the Mallee CMA Board as:
Janice was a Board member during the reporting year with her current term of appointment being from 01 October 2019 to 30 September 2023.
Ann Hodge is a primary producer with customer representative committee experience, including three years 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 and recent appointment to the Victorian Constraints Measures Program.
Having dairy farmed at 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 and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Ann brings skills, knowledge and experience in committee leadership, primary production, water policy and community engagement.
Ann currently represents the Mallee CMA Board as:
Ann was a Board member during the reporting year with her current term of appointment being from 01 October 2021 to 30 September 2025.
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 Mildura Base Public Hospital board, where he was also a member of the Quality, Safety and Risk Committee. His previous positions include 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, audit, primary industry and community engagement.
Tony currently represents the Mallee CMA Board as:
Tony was a Board member during the reporting year with his current term of appointment being from 01 October 2021 to 30 September 2025.
Ruwan is a chartered professional civil engineer and a fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia. He has worked extensively in floodplain management, asset management, and facilitated the delivery of multi-million-dollar capital works programs and flood overlay planning scheme amendments. Currently he works for City of Stonnington in a leadership role in asset management, as well as for the Institute of Civil Infrastructure, where he assesses civil engineers for state registration.
Prior to 2022, Ruwan worked with all Catchment Management Authorities as a member of the Victorian Floodplain Manager’s Forum for three years. One key function of this forum is sharing knowledge in flood management for the common good of all Victorians.
Ruwan also worked for Melbourne Water in various technical and leadership roles for 26 years. During this period Ruwan engaged constructively with many organisations and communities to facilitate positive outcomes across Victoria. This included contributing to many statewide committees, projects and publications such as: the Victorian Flood Mapping and Data Guidelines, Melbourne Water’s Flood Mapping Technical Specifications, Benchmarking Australian Rainfall and Runoff 2019 for Victoria, City of Melbourne’s Integrated Climate Adaptation Model Steering Committee and the Victorian Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme.
Ruwan currently represents the Mallee CMA Board as:
• Member – Salinity Accountability Advisory Committee
Ruwan has been appointed to the Mallee CMA Board for a period of four years commencing 1 October 2023.
Kym McIntosh grew up in north central Victoria on a mixed cattle, sheep and cropping farm. After completing a Bachelor of Recreation, Kym worked in community leisure and then took some time to travel. Kym went on to work in state government including roles with Sport and Recreation Victoria, and Services Australia (formerly the Department of Human Services) in project management/disability services and then undertook further studies to obtain a graduate certificate in Natural Resource Management through Deakin University.
Kym and her husband recently purchased her parent’s small dryland farm near Kerang, where they manage a herd of Angus. Kym also assists her husband with his Melbourne-based landscaping business, and is employed as an L2P coordinator for an organisation which supports volunteers to help young people obtain their driver’s licence.
As an active member of her local Enhancing Northern Waterways Advisory Group (hosted by the North Central CMA), and Mallee CMA Board Member Kym is able to follow her passion of protecting and enhancing waterways and the environment.