Greg McNamara has been a director of Norco Co-operative Limited for 20 years and is from the Central Region. In addition to his role as Chairman of the Board of Directors, he is a member of the Member Services Committee. In partnership with his wife Sue and son Todd, Greg runs a 300 head dairy herd at Goolmangar just outside Lismore. He has extensive experience across the agricultural sector, including dairy, beef, pigs, horticulture and animal genetics.
A primary focus for Greg during 2015/16 in his role as Chairman has been to ensure that the Board and management continue to implement the strategic plan of having a growing, diverse and competitive business so that our Members’ can be rewarded with a sustainable and competitive milk price. Greg is also an innovative thinker and is always exploring opportunities to bring people together to work collaboratively to improve the Norco business.
Greg is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a keenly sought after speaker for industry events and forums. During the 2015/16 year, Greg was a speaker at both the ABARES Outlook Conference and the PEI Agri Investor Forum and also attended the Australia and New Zealand Co-operative Leaders’ Forum. Whenever possible, Greg always tries to make time in his busy schedule to speak to various local seniors’ groups, as members of these groups often have close ties with the dairy industry and are valued supporters of the Co-operative. Greg is also a Board member of the New South Wales Business Chamber.
More recently, Greg has accepted the role of Chairperson of the Industry Advisory Group (IAG) within the Farm Co-operatives and Collaboration Pilot Program (FCCPP). The FCCPP is an Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper initiative of the Commonwealth Government which encourages farmers to work together to improve farm gate returns by providing advice and resources to farmers and farmer groups looking to establish co-operatives and collaborative business models.