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 strong understanding of the issues facing the future of agriculture from an economic, community and environmental perspective.
Patten is highly regarded as an innovative and progressive thinker around development and change for rural and regional Australia and has played a key role in the establishment of the Mountain Milk Co-operative in North East Victoria. His experience with co-operatives involves strategic and business planning, co-operative establishment and management, and member value creation.