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|Greg McNamara (Chair)||Chris McLoghlin|
|Dalene Wray||Janie McClure|
|Mark Anderson||Owen Gwilliam|
|Sam Statham||Susan Shelton|
Greg McNamara is chairman of Norco Co-operative Limited, where he has been a director for 20 years. Greg was asked by the AOIWG to be an independent Chair, as he is not associated with any existing organic industry organisation and does not operate an organic business.
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.
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.
Greg has recently 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.
Chris McLoghlin is the founder and director of The Organic Mushroom Farm which markets the Mycelia Organics brand of mushrooms through independent grocers and the major retailers nationally. The team includes over 150 years experience in compost and mushroom production and is the largest certified organic mushroom farming company in Australia.
Previously Chris worked in organic fresh produce and grocery supply chains and distribution, has founded online retail and hospitality businesses, and consulted for and worked in several start-ups—both food and technology related.
Chris has been a Director and co-Chair of the Organic Federation of Australia since Sept 2015 and a member of the Australian Organic Industry Working Group executive committee.
A love for good dirt inspired Chris' career in organics, observing that a limited window exists for humans to disrupt and re-organise our economic paradigm of extraction and destruction, to being one driven by custodial behaviors in symbiosis with the natural capital we depend on for survival—targeting mutually beneficial and profitable trade relationships. A fascination with technology and it's relationship to our biosphere and economic paradigm has driven a particular focus on Agtech solutions to cultural, environmental and economic problems urgently in need of addressing.
Dalene Wray is the General Manager of OBE Organic. She began working for OBE in 2004 when the fledgling company employed only two dedicated staff members. In the following years, she has performed practically every role, including a number of years overseeing production at the slaughter house. Dalene has unique knowledge of OBE’s business, from how the cattle are raised through to how chefs serve its steaks.
Dalene’s family is a major producer for OBE Organic and her father David Brook is the company’s chairman. She grew up on the family’s properties in the heart of the Channel Country and has an intimate knowledge of the land and people that make OBE Organic’s beef line a world-beater.
Janie McClure is the Director and Owner of Organics for Rural Australia (ORA), a company she founded in 2001 stemming from her passion for organics in the rural industry. She gained strong support with a grant for ORA in its infancy from Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal and the ANZ Bank.
Janie’s first experience with organic farming was when “McClure & Daughters” (Trevallyn Station) successfully farmed the Darling River flood plains with organic canola for a Japanese oil seed merchant company in the early 1990’s. It was then that she realised how much potential there could be with organic farming in the Western Division of NSW.
Rural Organics Pty Ltd, her marketing/wholesaling company has certification with ACO, Demeter/Bio–dynamic and NASAA and trades certified organic lamb, beef, grain and wool for its dedicated growers into organic markets within Australia.
Mark Anderson is an environmentalist who has developed a career in senior leadership positions in the community sector over the past 30 years. Trained as an ecologist, he found the greatest need in management, business development and fundraising and built his skills around these areas. Initially with the Wilderness Society, he moved to a role with Greenpeace as head of fundraising, eventually relocating from Sydney to Adelaide to save Koalas on Kangaroo Island. Following this, for 13 years, he had the chance to become directly involved in the creative interface between conservation and agriculture as the CEO of Greening Australia.
Recently, Mark served three years as the General Manager of the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA), which develops and maintains organic standards; assists operators in gaining organic certification; and develops the organic industry in Australia.
Mark is President of the environmental peak body, Conservation Council SA, and a member of the SA Government’s Pastoral Board—a statutory entity which manages sustainable agriculture across more than 5% of the Australian mainland.
He is currently employed as CEO of Access Living—a For-profit Social Enterprise that builds and operates Specialised Disability Accommodation across Australia.
Owen Gwilliam is the founder and director of Organic Advice, Australia’s boutique organic certification consulting agency. Owen has carried out organic auditing, training and consulting in 15 countries.
Owen has served the Australian Organic industry in all levels of certification – from farm auditing, to certification management at Australia’s largest certification body. Owen is a dynamic educator across various fields, from Organic farming, composting and Permaculture design to Austrian economics.
A bitcoin investor and sound money advocate with a passion for travel, Owen is happiest in his garden in North Coast NSW. Owen envisions a bright future where all farming is Organic, and believes Australia is well placed to benefit from the mainstreaming of Organics.
Sam Statham is an organic farmer and wine maker, and has been an active member of the organic industry. He is currently chairman of the Cowra Region Vineyard Association. Sam has also worked as a farm auditor for an organic certifier.
The Statham family moved to Canowindra, in the NSW Central West, in 1996, and today they grow wine grapes (20ha), olives (10ha) and figs (1/2ha). The farm, “Rosnay”, is now part of a small group of organic growers called Rivers Road Organic Farms, under community title.Rosnay was recognised as a pioneer in organic farming in 2012, when Sam was awarded the Inaugural NSW Organic Pioneers Award.
Susan Shelton is the Organic Certification Facilitator at Bellamy's Organic, Australia’s most valuable organic food brand, specializing in certified organic formula and first foods for children. Susan has a background in soil science and spatial information that aligned with an introduction to the organic industry from a neighbouring cherry grower 10 year ago. This introduction led to technical, training, auditing, and consultancy roles within a large range of industries—rangeland, aquaculture, dairy, horticulture, viticulture, meat, cropping, international growers, wineries, bottlers, canning, grain processors, abattoirs, bakeries, composters and importers.
Bellamy’s Organic is a listed Australian company founded by a Tasmanian Family in 2004 wanting to provide a convenient nutritious organic choice for their children. It’s organic food range is certified by NASAA and their product are made and packed in Australia, maintaining some of the highest food safety requirements within the world.