Operational Team of Experts

Australian Organic’s operational team of experts are supported by the Chief Executive Officer. Based at AOL's HQ in Brisbane, the operational team contribute to the day-to-day running of the organisation. See our team members below to learn more about them.

Amanda McLennan
Marketing Manager

Amanda joined Australia Organic in 2019 with experience working within corporate marketing teams delivering design, event and marketing projects. As Marketing Manager, Amanda leads the marketing team, overseeing all projects, campaigns, and communications.

Casie O’Brien
Program Manager

Casie joined Australian Organic in October 2022 as the Program Manager. With over ten years working for an organic certification body, she brings her extensive industry background and knowledge to the Australian Organic team.

Cynthia Laing
Legal Counsel

Cynthia joined AOL as Legal Counsel and company secretary in September 2022. Cynthia is an experienced in-house legal counsel with a speciality in intellectual property. She has acted as the legal counsel for a range of companies with an international presence, not-for-profit organisations, charities and all of the major Universities and research organisations in Australia. She has a Masters in European and International Law and will provide legal advice to the AOL Board and senior executive and perform the company secretarial duties.   

Josefine Pettersson
Technical Officer

Josefine Pettersson joined AOL as Technical Officer in June 2021 with a focus on standards development and market access to further advance the Organic industry. Josefine has a Masters of Organic Agriculture coupled with industry experience, at management level, in both cropping and livestock. Having worked in the EU and Australia, she brings a new perspective of Organic Agriculture and insight to advancing opportunities of Australian producers.

Kane Frampton
Marketing Coordinator

Kane joined Australian Organic Limited as Marketing Coordinator in April 2022 with experience in corporate marketing, as well as content and technical writing. Kane has a Masters of Creative Industries and is responsible for email marketing campaigns, managing website content and producing written marketing collateral.

Maddy Stengert
Marketing Assistant

Maddy joined AOL as Marketing Assistant in August 2022. Studying marketing and communication at university, Maddy is responsible for creating and delivering social media content and designing communication material for the company.

Marie Deletoille
Membership Executive

Marie joined Australian Organic Limited in July 2021 as Membership Executive. With a background in hospitality and customer service, Marie will dedicate her time to supporting members and continuing to provide outstanding members value.

Nagini Paruchuri
Administration and Accounts Officer

Nagini joined Australian Organic Limited in December 2021 as Administration and Accounts Officer. Nagini is accountable for the daily financial administration of the business.

Nicholas Mukherjee
Research and Policy Officer

Nicholas joined Australia Organic Limited in March 2021 as the Research and Policy Officer with a background in policy work within government departments and for a member of parliament. Nicholas oversees AOL’s research and policy work including positions on policy and legislation affecting the organics industry.

Niki Ford
Chief Executive Officer

Driven by her rural roots, Niki has a strong interest in agriculture, nutrition & organics. Niki joined AOL in 2018 becoming the first CEO. Since then, she has successfully navigated a demerge, restructured the operational team & established strong connections with Government & industry. Niki has played a pivotal role in establishing a strong reputation on behalf of the organic industry & led successful negotiations relating to the organic regulatory review for Australian domestic standards.

Shari Wilding
Partnerships & Operations Manager

Shari joined Australian Organic in February 2020, with a background in not-for-profit, member-based organisations, as well as sponsorships and events. Shari oversees partnerships for Australian Organic, looking after members and sponsors in order to strengthen ongoing relationships.

Victoria Roper
Personal Assistant

Victoria joined Australian Organic in September 2022 as a personal assistant to Niki Ford, CEO. Victoria has extensive experience as both a PA and Account Manager in corporate communications and investor relations. Victoria is responsible for administrative tasks and scheduling.