Patten is an experienced dairy and agricultural industries consultant based in North East Victoria. He has a passion for rural and regional Australia and has worked extensively in the areas of industry sustainability, farm succession/farm transition, strategic planning, change management, farmer cooperatives, workforce development, and natural resource management.
He has a very strong understanding of the issues facing the future of agriculture, from an economic, community and environmental perspective. Patten has held executive level responsibility for the sustainability and workforce development functions in the Australian dairy manufacturing sector.
As well as his ongoing consulting work Patten is currently engaged as the founding CEO of the Mountain Milk Co-operative.