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.

Alexandra Lau
Research Officer

Alex joined AOL in January 2023 as an intern before eventually progressing to the role of Research Officer in September, mainly providing support to the Technical & Research Manager. Armed with degrees in Agribusiness and Wildlife Science (coupled with some background in Psychology) she brings a unique perspective that enriches her contributions to AOL.

Josefine Pettersson
Technical and Research Manager

Josefine Pettersson joined AOL 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
Communications Officer

Kane joined Australian Organic Limited in April 2022 with experience in corporate marketing and communications, 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.

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

Inspired by her family, Niki has a strong connection to the land, sustainable food, and nutrition. Her professional passion and desire to contribute to a greater purpose led Niki to join Australian Organic Limited in 2018, becoming the first Chief Executive Officer. Since her appointment she has navigated a demerge, restructured the organisation into the highly regarded industry peak body of today and established strong, respected relationships with government and industry, championing the organic industry in all aspects.

Sarah Phipps
Marketing Manager

Sarah joined AOL in September 2023 as Marketing Manager, coming from an agency background in advertising & marketing. Her focus is on contributing to brand visibility and fostering interactions with our consumers and members. With experience in leading marketing teams, Sarah brings a practical approach to achieving positive results for the organisation.

Tonya Spicer
Executive Assistant

Tonya joined AOL in April 2023 as the Executive Assistant to CEO Niki Ford. Tonya brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of providing high-level support to C-suite executives. Tonya possesses a keen eye for detail, exceptional organisational skills, and a dedication to enhancing operational efficiency to the company.