WHO'S LEADING AUSTRALIAN ORGANIC INTO THE FUTURE

We view our Board as our best asset.
With a decade of industry knowledge they will lead Australian Organic Ltd through the challenges ahead into a bright organic future.

A VOICE FOR ORGANICS

Australia’s leading member representative industry group, owned by industry and for industry, investing in a better environment for Australian organic businesses to flourish and grow.

Australian Organic Proven Success

The organic certification program was set up in the 1980s in Australia to ensure that
what was claimed to be organic indeed was just that. It
ensures that farmers, processors and others in the production chain were complying with
rules and regulations laid down by the organic community.

These stats and more can be found in our research report:

The Australian Organic Market Report 2018

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organic purchasers say a certification mark increases trust in the product

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Increased awareness of 'Bud' certification logo since 2016

Meet our board

Andrew Monk

Chairman

Andrew Monk is highly regarded 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.

Rick McDougall

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 and by 2000, all of his properties were certified organic. Rick and his wife Nonnie currently operate Whetstone Organics.

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. 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.

The dominance of the Australian Certified Organic Bud logo on certified organic products demonstrates our focus on the active promotion of your organic brand.

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.

Dr. Andrew Monk

Chairman, Australian Organic Ltd.

Our Executive Team

Sue Willis

General Manager

Rhonda Vohland

Finance and Administration Manager

Owen Gwilliam

Head of Standards and Regulatory Affairs

 

Our Strategic Plan

Australian Organic’s Strategic Plan (2016-19) focuses on our organisational values, our main purpose, and the objectives and goals that make up our three-year horizon.

Core Values

Service, Integrity, Accountability, Collaboration and Growth.

Purpose

To provide and grow world-class certification services and form strategic alliances which enable market access for our clients.

Three Year BHAG

Be the most influential and diverse organic certification body in Australasia, with multiple forms of income.

Three Year Key Results

The team have named the Key Areas in which we need to deliver our results.
This helps to focus resources, effort and leadership. Great results in the Key Areas will deliver the BHAG.

Three Year Plan

We are respected and trusted globally as a professional certification organisation.

We have a well-resourced, value-driven staff program and company culture.

Our diverse financial strength enables us to provide for our current and future commercial needs.

We have a high level of member/client satisfaction and engagement.

We address barriers and develop opportunities across all industry sectors for our clients.