About the panellists
Rohan Clarke, Director at Ethical Fields
Rohan has 20 years’ experience in investment banking and 10 years’ experience in community development. He has worked with a range of organisations to engage their communities and solve their funding needs through leveraging measurable benefits to unlock government, philanthropic and impact investment.
Rohan is an expert in applying new platform technologies for growing co-operatives. He is Chair of the BCCM Platform Coop Taskforce, Co-Founder of Incubator.coop, Geddup and FairBnB Australia.
Rohan has worked with a range of farming cooperatives involved in organics, grain, beef, and hemp and with regional development organisations tasked with growing investment in local communities. His specialties include business plan development, forming co-operatives, engaging and aligning stakeholders and members, and structuring and raising the capital required to deliver growth.
Lorraine Gordon, Regenerative Agriculture Alliance and Farming Together Director, grazier and carbon farmer
Lorraine Gordon is a beef producer from Ebor in NSW. She has had an extensive career in agricultural leadership. She is a former NSW Rural Woman of the Year and CEO of Regional Development Australia (RDA) Mid North Coast.
The co-initiator of the successful Ebor Beef Co-operative, she has presided on the Small Business Review Panel of the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Board of Studies at the University of New England, Charles Sturt University’s Consultative Committee and three regional tourism boards (New England North West, South Coast, Mid North Coast).
Previous positions have included Business Finance Manager and Regional Agribusiness Manager with Westpac Bank, Director of the Graduate Network of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, and Executive Director of Economic Security for Women. She is also a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program and was an award winner in the 2002 Telstra Business Women’s Award.
Lorraine was awarded the 2018 Rural Community Leader of the Year for Australia and was a 2019 finalist for Australian of the Year for her work with farmers.
Amanda Scott, Program Manager at The Farming Together Manager Program
Amanda is the manager of the Farming Together Program and expert in collaborative farming models. She is a ‘pracademic’ who bridges academia and farming practice to translate evidence-based research into widespread on-ground action.
Amanda Scott has expertise in Social Network Mapping and Analysis which was key to the success of the Farming Together Pilot which helped 730 farmer groups and 30,000 individual farmers become more resilient.
With a background in education, Amanda is a Rotary Bright Sparks Program Young Entrepreneur Achievement Award winner and in 2016 secured two New-Colombo Grants from DFAT.