Jane Bennett spent 18 years working with her family to build Ashgrove Cheese, a successful dairy processing business established in a paddock on the family farm in Elizabeth Town in northern Tasmania.
In February 2011 Jane stepped down from the helm of the business to work as a non executive director in a range of businesses including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, CSIRO, Australian Farm Institute, Tasmanian Ports Corporation and two of Tasmania’s Regional Water and Sewerage Corporations Ben Lomond Water and Onstream.
Jane is a Member and past Chair of the Tasmanian Food Industry Advisory Council and a Member of the Brand Tasmania Council. Jane was named 2010 Tasmanian Telstra Business Woman of the Year and 1997 Australian ABC Rural Woman of the Year. In 2008 Jane did a Nuffield Farming Scholarship studying the Role of Regionality in the Marketing and Branding of Food.
In addition to her work in the family business Jane has a range of experience in industry advisory bodies for food, agriculture, education and training and in rural and regional economic development.