Dr Andrew Monk

Australian Organic, including our certification subsidiary Australian Certified Organic, is unparalleled in Australia in having a large group of technical specialists who our customers can call on for assistance.

The dominance of the Australian Certified Organic Bud logo on certified organic products demonstrates our focus on industry-leading certification services and active promotion of your organic brand. Our popular user-pays international market access programs are a testament to our team’s effort to remain the marketplace leader in organic market access for our clients.

Our auditors follow a rigorous audit process, carry out product testing and conduct unannounced audits on certified operations and retailers to verify compliance. Choosing the Australian Certified Organic logo protects farmers, processors and consumers under law and ensures they receive what they pay for.

To represent your organic business interests, the elected board has appointed a corporate and strategic advisory board to complement the member-represented sectoral advisory groups, including horticulture, cosmetics and marketing.

Australian Organic’s Strategic Plan (2016-2019) focuses on our organisational values, our main purpose, and the objectives and goals that make up our three-year horizon.

The Constitution governs the Australian Organic board of directors, Australian Organic membership, AGMs and the voting system.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Australian Organic Ltd.

Andrew Monk

CHAIR

Andrew Monk is a highly regarded professional in environmental, food safety and organic auditing systems.  He is currently the Managing Director of Victorian environmental services company, Mulching Technologies; as well as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of New England; Chairman for leading Australian solar and battery design company Enervest; and Chairman of ASX listed company Murray River Organics (ASX:MRG)

Kim Morgan

Director

Kim Morgan’s passion for organics resulted in the establishment of the certified food business mOrganics. Kim is the representative for farmer member Gemtree Vineyards and organises and runs International Trade Missions and stands at trade and consumer events in Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia.

Quentin Kennedy

Director

Quentin Kennedy owns and manages Kialla Pure Foods, an organic cereal grain processing operation based in Darling Downs, Queensland. This business supplies product to retail, manufacturing and wholesaling operations throughout Australia, while exporting to Asia and New Zealand.Quentin has served on the board since 2005.

Martin Meek

DIRECTOR

Martin Meek began his working life as a high school teacher before establishing the Flannery franchise group of stores with Mal Flannery in 1994 where he remained as managing director and equal partner until its sale in 2008. Dealing with three years’ worth of non-competes, he began importing organic dry goods and nut butter machines, and set up the online store, Daintree Organics. In 2014, he bought a 50% stake in United Organics, a certified organic fresh produce wholesaler based in the Brisbane Markets. 

Rick McDougal

DIRECTOR

Rick McDougal began his working life in 1970 on his family’s Inglewood farm. The following decade saw Rick purchase an additional four adjoining irrigation properties to focus on cattle breeding, hay production and cereal cropping, revealing his growing concern for declining soil health, increasing inputs and declining yields. Rick began his research into organic farming and by 2000, all of his properties were certified organic. Together with his wife Nonnie, Rick currently operates Whetstone Organics

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Australian Organic Ltd.

Rhonda Vohland

Finance & Administration Manager

Owen Gwilliam

Head of Standards & Regulatory Affairs