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 early 2019 as Marketing Projects Coordinator with over ten years’ experience working within corporate marketing teams delivering design, event and marketing projects. Amanda now leads the marketing team as Marketing Manager, overseeing all marketing campaigns, communications and events including Australian Organic Awareness Month.

Contact for: Marketing, projects and events

Amy Stewart
Education & Research Officer

Amy is Australian Organic's Education & Research Officer. As an experienced teacher, Amy is responsible for creating & managing the Schools program, & developing resources relating to industry challenges. Her background in Animal & Agricultural Science allows her to work across a number of industry related issues, liaising with department bodies & advising on critical industry production issues.

Contact for: Schools Program, Research Partnerships, Industry Production Concerns & Dept. Relations

Harriet Kendrick
Communications & Digital Coordinator

Harriet joined Australian Organic in April 2019 with a background in digital marketing and creative writing. Harriet oversees day-to-day management of all four AOL websites, member & industry communications, digital and print publications including the quarterly e-magazine, and assists with media enquiries.

Contact for: Websites, advertising, publications, articles, general communications

Kelly Treacy
Executive Assistant

Kelly joined Australian Organic in July 2019. As Executive Assistant, Kelly directly supports CEO Niki Ford, the Board of Directors and the Industry Advisory Committees. Kelly also supports the AOL team with day-to-day diary management, meeting coordination and administration support.

Contact for: CEO & Board coordination, Advisory Committee queries, Government & industry communications, grant applications, meeting & general enquiries.

Louise Wright
Social Media Coordinator

Louise joined Australian Organic in October 2020 with a background in social media, events, content creation and photography. Louise oversees day-to-day management of all Australian Organic social media including the Bud Organic Club and Australian Organic Schools.

Contact for: Social media

Niki Ford
Chief Executive Officer

Driven by her rural roots and educated through her study of nutritional medicine, Niki Ford has a strong interest in agriculture and organics. She has held several senior leadership positions within the organic industry and joined Australian Organic in 2018 as General Manager; becoming CEO in 2019. Since then, Niki has successfully navigated a demerge, restructured the operational team and established strong connections with Government and Industry.

Owen Gwilliam
Chief Technical Officer

Owen Gwilliam is Australian Organic’s Chief Technical Officer and has carried out organic auditing, training and consulting in 15 countries over the last 19 years of his career in Organics. Having served the Australian Organic industry in all levels of certification he is now focused on standards development, market access, and industry development.

Contact for: Australian Certified Organic Standard (ACOS) queries

Rhonda Vohland
General Manager Business Services

Rhonda has been with Australian Organic for nearly 13 years and oversees Business Operations as General Manager. She thoroughly enjoys working with members and certified operators across a broad range of industry issues. Rhonda is a wealth of knowledge surrounding the history of Australian Organic, its members and the organic industry as a whole.

Contact for: Finance & invoicing, membership, business operations

Shari Burke
Partnerships & Events 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 will oversee partnerships for Australian Organic, looking after members and sponsors in order to strengthen ongoing relationships.

Contact for: Partnerships, member queries, sponsorship & advertising opportunities,