Boundless Plains to Share
All of our major books and campaigns are improved and enriched by the presence of leaders in their respective industries who accept invitations to act as Editorial Advisory Board members.
Past boards have been graced by such luminaries as the Rev. Tim Costello, Dr Arthur Rickards, OAM, and Dr Ian Fraser, amongst scores of prominent CEOs, scientists, government officials, heads of NGOs and others.
In the case of Boundless Plains to Share, We are particularly honoured that General Michael Jeffery, former Governor-General and now an advocate for the quality of Australia’s soil, has accepted our invitation to be the project’s Patron.
We are delighted and humbled that these outstanding individuals have accepted our invitation to join the Editorial Advisory Board for the Boundless Plains to Share project. This very talented group has already in each case made a positive contribution through the provision of ideas, and the performance of helpful tasks to aid the development of the project in its early stages. We include a short biography of each of them.
Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery AC, AO (Mil), CVO, MC (Retd)
Major General The Honourable Michael Jeffery is patron of the Boundless Plains to Share project.
He was Governor-General of Australia from 2003 to 2008 and is Australia’s first ever Advocate for Soil Health. As the Advocate, General Jeffery’s role is to raise public awareness of the critical role soil plays in underpinning sustainable productivity, delivering high quality ecosystem services and helping to meet global challenges including food security and climate change.
During his first term as Soil Advocate General Jeffery provided input into the national soil research, development and extension strategy. He also contributes to the Australian Government white papers on agricultural competitiveness and development in northern Australia.
General Jeffery had a distinguished military career, seeing action in Malaya, Borneo and Vietnam, where he was awarded the Military Cross and South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He commanded Australia’s elite Special Air Service Regiment and was promoted to the rank of Major General in 1985. He became Deputy Chief of the General Staff in 1990 and retired from the army in 1993.
He was the first Australian soldier to be appointed Governor-General, after earlier serving for seven years as Governor of Western Australia. He has also served as Australia’s Chief Scout, and was founder and inaugural chairman of Future Directions International, a not-for-profit research institute which publishes research on important issues facing Australia.
He also chairs Outcomes Australia, the Constitutional Education Foundation of Australia and the Diamond Jubilee Trust Australia and is patron of many community organisations.
Dr André Teixeira
Former Chief R&D and Quality Officer at Goodman Fielder Ltd
Dr André Teixeira is one of the world’s leading food technologists, and was Chief R&D and Quality Officer at Goodman Fielder from 2012 to 2015. He was previously Vice President, International R&D, at Campbell Soup Company. From 2005, he worked as a consultant at eemPOK, an experiential innovation management company he founded in Belgium.
Previously, he was Vice President of Global Innovation and Development at Interbrew (subsequently InBev) and worked for Coca-Cola for 23 years on five continents, with positions ranging from R&D, innovation, and operations to senior management. He was Managing Director of Coca-Cola Services and also President of Coca-Cola Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.
For twelve years, he was a member of the board of directors of ProLogis, a major NYSE-listed industrial real estate company, and for five years he was a director at EskoArtwork and, formerly, at the Centre for Creativity and Innovation Leadership of the City University of London.
Dr Teixeira publishes regularly in the specialised press and he is a frequent guest speaker at a conferences worldwide. He is a visiting Professor of Innovation Management at the Lorange Institute of Business in Zurich and at the Antwerp Management School of the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He was for six years Chairman of the Board of the International School of Brussels, the largest English language school in the Benelux, where he is now an Honorary Trustee.
Dr Teixeira has Belgian and Brazilian citizenship and speaks English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, and Russian. He holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in philosophy, industrial chemistry, food science, and business, from Cambridge, UFRJ, Reading, and Oxford universities.
Founder and Chairman, Food Innovation Australia Ltd)
Peter Schutz founded FIAL (Food Innovation Australia Ltd) under the Australian Government's Industry and Innovation Initiative in February 2013.
FIAL) was established to foster commercially driven collaboration and innovation in the Australian food and beverage industry. It is industry led and takes a collective approach to ensure productivity, profitability and resilience in our food and beverage sector.
Mr Schutz also serves on the CSIRO Food Futures Flagship Advisory Committee, and the boards of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology, and Australasian Lupin Processing Pty Ltd.
From 2000 to 2011 he was Group Technical Director for George Weston Fields, where he was responsible for innovation, technology, analytical laboratories, sustainability, quality, corporate communications and compliance and the company’s consumer information centre. He has also worked for Meadow Lea, Serrol Ingredients, Quality Bakers, Good Food Products, and NSW Egg Corporation. He started his career as a master brewer at Tooth and Company, where he spent 11 years.
FIAL engages with the Australian food and beverage industry to better understand their short and longer term needs and challenges. It works to identify the capabilities of technology and service providers to meet these identified Industry needs. This include universities, researchers, governments, consultants and experts in consumer insights in export markets, value chain analysis, packaging innovation and access to capital.
He has an honours degree in biochemistry and microbiology from the University of Sydney and a degree in wine science from Charles Sturt University.
Professor Matthew Cuthbertson
Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation in the College of Science, Engineering and Health, RMIT University
Professor Cuthbertson’s current role involves the enlargement and enrichment of research into food processing at RMIT University, which draws on his versatile scientific and executive management skills. The university is pursuing an ambitious upgrade of this department. This involves extensive interaction with the private sector, particularly amongst SMEs.
Before joining RMIT in 2012, Professor Cuthbertson was Chief Executive Officer of the Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Automotive Technology (AutoCRC). From its inception in 2005, he led AutoCRC’s development into the primary centre for research collaboration in the Australian automotive sector.
He is a director of ARRB (Road Research) Group Ltd, the Victorian Clean Technology Fund, and the Substation Community Arts Centre. He has held senior positions in the medical devices, defence, mining services and manufacturing sectors. He has a wealth of experience in research leadership, technology commercialisation, strategy and organisational development.
From 1992 to 2002 he worked at optical lens maker SOLA International Inc., rising to become as Vice President of R&D. He managed the direction of SOLA’s research centres in Adelaide, South Australia and Petaluma, California. At that time SOLA’s annual R&D investment was over $25 million and the two centres employed 140 full time staff, embracing over 15 nationalities and an exceptionally wide variety of technical backgrounds.
His early career was spent in advanced materials research with CSIRO and in various business and technical development roles with ICI Australia. He has a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Queensland and a Master of Intellectual Property Law from the University of Melbourne.
Dr Lesley MacLeod
CEO, Dairy Innovation Australia Limited
Dairy Innovation Australia Limited (DIAL) is the most advanced and practiced institution of its kind in Australia. Dr MacLeod has been CEO since it was established in 2007.
DIAL’s mission is provide leading knowledge, capability and critical services to the Australian dairy industry and create opportunities to assist member companies in the achievement of their strategic goals. It is funded and led by the dairy industry. Its member companies process over 70% of the milk and 65% of all manufactured dairy products in Australia.
Dr MacLeod is equally at home working on senior business management issues, strategy and science. She originally trained as marine biologist, but spent many years prior to this role in the grains industry with Barret Burston Malting (now part of GrainCorp), both in senior research and management positions.
She is a passionate and articulate proponent of what she calls “our special Australian ability to co-operate effectively in an intra-industry environment, to collaborate and to gain results.”
DIAL was formed from five previous dairy research centres; the Australian Starter Culture Research Centre (ASCRC), the Australian Cheese Technology Program (ACTP), the Dairy Process Engineering Centre (DPEC), the Dairy Ingredients Group Australia (DIGA) and the UHT Processing Centre (UHT).
The formation of a single centre was the result of significant industry review and planning and reflected the dairy industry’s foresight in establishing a cost effective, industry focused capability to drive its future. DIAL invests in the development of new generic technologies with wide application for the industry and in capability to assist the adoption of these technologies by industry.
Dr MacLeod has a PhD in marine biology from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. She has Graduate Diploma Business Administration from the Mt Eliza Business School and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Dr Peter Stahle
Executive Director, Australian Dairy Products Federation
The Australian Dairy Products Federation (ADPF) is the peak policy group representing Australia's dairy manufacturers, processors and traders. Dr Stahle’s role is to address and resolve issues challenging the dairy manufacturing sector on behalf of member companies – issues as diverse as international trade, food labelling, protein quality, government decisions and legislation, animal health, export quota administration, and emergency response.
ADPF is open to entities operating in Australia that are engaged in the manufacture, marketing or trading of dairy and related products. It promotes the consumption of dairy products through improvements in manufacturing, marketing, trading and distribution of dairy and dairy related products, and provides input into policy formulation at every level of government that impacts on the profitability, viability and sustainability of the industry.
Members include most of Australia’s major dairy products companies, including Burra Foods, Fonterra, Interfood, Mondelez, Murray Goulburn, Lion, Nestlé, Norco and Parmalat.
He is also President of the Australian Truffle Growers' Association and has contributed to the development of Australia’s growing truffle industry, which now ranks number four globally. Dr Stahle has been involved in the industry since 1996 when, on behalf of Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, he did seminal work on the economics of growing truffles. As Chairman of Tuber Australis he established a joint venture to grow truffles and other mushrooms in Japan.
Dr Stahle also works as a management consultant and executive coach. He works with his clients to develop strategic directions, improve efficiency and implement change. He has a PhD in zoology from La Trobe University and an MBA from the Melbourne Business School.
Chief Executive Officer, Prime Super
Prime Super is Australia’s premier superannuation fund for the agricultural sector. Established in 1996 through the amalgamation of a number of smaller super funds, it has now expanded into mining and other primary industries.
Lachlan Baird has been CEO since 2005. He started his career as an auditor with KPMG and subsequently held senior positions with SuperPartners and Grant Thornton. He was previously Operations Officer at Host Plus, one of the fastest growing industry funds in Australia.
Prime Super has 130,000 members and more than $2.3 billion in funds under management. More than 33,000 employers in Australia’s primary industries have chosen Prime Super as the default super fund for their business.
He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds a B Comm and B Eng (Chemistry) from the University of Melbourne.
Professor German Spangenberg
Director (DEDJTR) AgriBio, Centre for AgriBioscience
Professor Spangenberg is Executive Director, Biosciences Research of the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), Professor (Plant Genetics and Genomics), Head of School of Applied Systems Biology at La Trobe University, and Director (DEDJTR) AgriBio, Centre for AgriBioscience in Melbourne.
After completing a MSc in Agricultural Sciences at the University of Uruguay and a PhD from the University of Heidelberg and Max-Planck-Institute of Cell Biology in Heidelberg, Germany, Professor Spangenberg undertook postdoctoral studies at the Max-Planck-Institute of Cell Biology and the Institute of Plant Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich.
Professor Spangenberg held positions as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor at the ETH Zurich where he obtained his DSc in Agribiotechnology, before joining DEDJTR in Victoria where he held positions as Director, Plant Biotechnology Centre and Research Director, Plant Genetics and Genomics.
He is also Chief Scientist of the Dairy Futures Cooperative Research Centre; and Director and Chief Scientific Officer of the agricultural biotechnology company Phytogene Pty Ltd.
He was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2007 and was the recipient of the 2006 Australian Thinker of Year Award.
Founder and Principal, ThinkGlobal
David Thomas is well known in the Asia Pacific region as a facilitator of business and investment between developed and emerging countries.
As a highly sought after speaker and business futurist, David engages his audience with his authority, experience and passion for the economic power-houses of the 21st century, new global hotspots, emerging markets, offshore business opportunities and economic trends. His invaluable experience and powerful networks have accumulated over a 30 year career in London, Hong Kong and Sydney.
He managed his own financial services business in Hong Kong for eight years which provided unique insights and first-hand experience into the changing landscape within the Asia Pacific region, particularly the opening up of China, the rise of Japan and the Asian tigers, and the emergence of India. More recently, his influence and activities have extended to Latin America and Eastern Europe.
In recent years he has appeared as a keynote speaker at conferences and events organised by the National Farmers Federation, Australian Farm Institute, Horticulture Australia, Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise and Beefex, as well as leading an official mission to China in late 2013 organised by Citrus Australia. In 2009, he was awarded the prestigious Australian Thought Leaders Expert of the Year Award.
Professor Göran Roos
Managing Director, Innovation Performance
Göran Roos is Chair of the Value Add and Industry Growth Sub-Committee of the Economic Development Board in Adelaide. He is a member of the Council for Flinders University and a Stretton Fellow appointed by the City of Playford at University of Adelaide, Adjunct Professor at ECIC, University of Adelaide, Adjunct Professor at University of Technology Sydney Business School, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the College of Business at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).
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Göran is the founder or co-founder of several companies in many countries and is presently the Managing Director for Innovation Performance Pty Ltd. He has also worked as a consultant in more than 50 countries as well as having served in management positions in several European and US-based corporations.
He is recognised as one of the founders of modern intellectual capital science and is a recognised world expert in this field as well as a major contributor to the thinking and practice in the areas of strategy and innovation management as well as industrial and innovation policy.
National Industry Leader, Agribusiness, Deloitte
Rob McConnel is Deloitte’s National Industry Leader for Agribusiness and has 20 years’ experience originally in the agricultural banking sector before moving into Corporate Finance with Deloitte. Rob is an experienced Corporate Finance Partner and leads the Corporate Finance team for Deloitte in Queensland.
As well as strong family ties to the Agricultural Sector, Rob previously worked in the rural banking sector across northern New South Wales, central and western Queensland within a range of industries including beef, wool, poultry, grains and cotton. Rob’s experience also includes two years in Deloitte’s London based Private Equity Transaction Services team and he has advised a number of international private equity, corporate clients and sovereign wealth funds in their investments within the Australian agribusiness sector as well as advising domestic operators with respect to capital raisings.
Rob holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics, a Master of Commerce, a Master of Applied Finance and Investment and an MBA. Rob is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Fellow of Finsia.
Rob regularly produces thought leadership on the Australian Agribusiness sector and has been interviewed by a number of media outlets with respect to industry views.
Dr Kevin Doyle
National Veterinary Director, Australian Veterinary Association
Dr Kevin Doyle AM is National Veterinary Advisor for the Australian Veterinary Association, a position he has held since 1997. His past positions include Australian Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer, Assistant Director General of Health for Animal Quarantine and Veterinary Counsellor at the Australian Embassy in Washington.
He is also a member of the National Farmers Federation Biosecurity and Animal Welfare Taskforces and was on the Australian Animal Welfare Advisory Committee from 2005 till 2013. He had responsibility for animal quarantine and livestock exports, endemic and exotic disease control and animal and plant health research.
He had several terms as a member of the International Animal Health Code Commission of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). He has attended the OIE World Assembly as a member of the Australian delegation for the past several years.
Dr Doyle has been instrumental in the development of a large number of policies and protocols for the quarantine and export of animals and animal products. He was involved in the building of Australia’s animal quarantine stations, and has contributed to animal health in the Asia Pacific region through involvement in development assistance projects, through undertaking consultancies in Asia, and by providing advice to many colleagues overseas.
He is passionate about the future of the veterinary profession in Australia and has been instrumental in shaping the next generation of veterinarians entering the public health field.
In 2013 he was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to veterinary science and to animal health programs.
CEO, Landcare Australia
Tessa Jakszewicz was appointed CEO of Landcare Australia in April 2013. Landcare Australia is an organisation which builds capacity for Landcare communities to better manage the land and water assets that sustain us. In this capacity she plays a lead role in promoting the Landcare ethic to government, business and community and assisting the Landcare movement through the raising of resources and support for projects.
She is also on the board of Hydro Tasmania, Australia’s largest renewable business and water manager. Previously she was Deputy CEO at the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Co-operative Research Centre in Tasmania, where she played an integral role in both securing the necessary funding and leading the organisation’s Science team.
Prior to these roles, she held senior management and marketing roles within the information technology and telecommunication industries in both Australia and the UK, including time as a General Manager at Telstra.
Ms Jakszewicz has a Master of Business Administration from Macquarie University, a Master of Science from the University of Bath and a Bachelor of Science with Honours from the University of Sheffield. She is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has wide-ranging commercial experience predominantly in general management, marketing and business development roles.
Dr Andrew Monk
Chairman, Australian Organic
Dr Andrew Monk is Chairman of Australian Organic, which owns and supports the nation’s largest organic certifying group: Australian Certified Organic. The Australian Certified Organic logo appears on the majority of organic products on our shelves and is the most recognised by consumers.
Dr Monk has owned and managed horticulture, food processing and waste management businesses, while over the past two decades has been involved in organic auditing and Standards. He has professional training in environmental, food safety and organic auditing systems.
Andrew is Managing Director of environmental services company, Mulching Technologies Pty Ltd, and Chairman of energy company Enervest Pty Ltd. He has previously served the Australian organic industry via BFA Ltd as CEO, between 2000 and 2005, overseeing the creation of subsidiary Australian Certiﬁed Organic.
Chairman, Grain Producers Australia
Andrew Weidemann is Chairman of Grain Producers Australia (GPA), the association representing Australia’s broadacre, grain, pulse and oilseed producers at the national level. Andrew is a mixed grain farmer in the Wimmera region of Victoria – his family farm is one of only three in the country that supplies barley for the brewing of Crown Lager.
In addition to his role as Chairman of GPA, Andrew is also the VFF Grains Group Deputy President and Deputy Chairman of the Birchip Cropping Group (BCG) Farmer Research Group, as well as Deputy President of the Grains Council of Australia.
With an Advanced Diploma in Agriculture, Andrew is passionate about sustainable farming and incorporating the latest technology to make his farm as productive as possible. He is a graduate of the GRDC Research Horizons for Grain Leaders of the Future course, and in 2006 received the National Australia Bank Wimmera 2020 Young Agribusiness Achiever Award.