The DIAA Board announces…

Our new CEO, Carl Partridge

The DIAA Board has been in a process of reforming management of the Association to ensure we have the right capability to deliver on our mission & vision.

Accordingly, we elected to appoint a Chief Executive Officer who will report to the DIAA Board. The CEO will: fulfill the duties of the Company Secretary, be responsible for leading the National Office team, liaise with State Branch Committees, and ensure the delivery of activities and services to members across Australia.We are delighted to announce the appointment of Carl Partridge as the new Chief Executive Officer of the DIAA.

Carl is a highly experienced CEO with a significant background in membership-based organisations. Most recently he held the position of CEO and Company Secretary of AUSTSWIM, the national body for the training of teachers of swimming and water safety, with over 42,000 members.

Carl has a long-running background in the food, sports, leisure & entertainment sector, having been a Board Director or CEO for the past 26 years in a range of organisations, including as CEO of the Adelaide Central Market Authority, and as an advisor to a number of government food development projects.

Outside of this, Carl’s roles have included international sports, covering premiership soccer, international cricket, basketball, ice hockey and gymnastics. Carl’s area of expertise is in business growth, service excellence and driving improved outcomes for organisations and its members. Originating from the UK, he is a father of three daughters, and is now based in Melbourne, Victoria.

Other Management Changes

Other changes to DIAA management include Janos Kaldy, our long-serving Business Development Manager, scaling back on hours as he moves to semi-retirement.

The DIAA is also currently interviewing applicants for the new position of Communications Officer, with the Communications Manager role splitting into two. The new appointee will be responsible for the growing amount of member communication, allowing Samantha Schelling to concentrate on editorship of Australian Dairy Foods magazine, our strongly performing flagship publication. 

Carl will commence working with the DIAA from 1 November 2021, with all contractors reporting directly through to him from this date.

The Board welcomes Carl, and we look forward to an exciting development time for our Association.