Lorraine Gordon (Farming Together, Regenerative Agriculture Alliance, Southern Cross University)
Lorraine is the founder of the National Regenerative Agriculture Alliance based out of Southern Cross University. As Director of Strategic Projects at Southern Cross University and Associate Director of the University’s Centre for Organic Research, Lorraine acts as a conduit between industry and research, delivering sustainable and regenerative agriculture solutions nationally. She has assisted over 28,500 farmers, fishers and foresters around the country to progress collaborative projects and establish co-operatives which will benefit their various industries as Director of the Commonwealth Government’s Farming Together Program. Lorraine was awarded the 2018 Rural Community Leader of the Year for Australia for her work with farmers, the 2019 Australian Financial Review Award and the 2019 BHERT Higher Education Engagement Award. Lorraine is a carbon farmer and holistic beef cattle trader at Ebor in the New England Tablelands of NSW, where she uses timed control grazing methods to turn off up to 1000 steers per annum. She is also Director of Moffat Falls Pty Ltd and Yaraandoo which operates a number of successful tourism businesses in the New England Tablelands.
Sam Trethewey (Tas Ag Co)
Sam Trethewey is a third generation Tasmanian farmer and entrepreneur who spent 15+ years working on farms and across cities in the startup, agtech and agribusiness space. Alongside his wife Steph and new addition Elliot, they run Tas Ag Co. Steph grew up in Sydney and spent most of her career working as a television journalist across the country for Channel 7 and Channel 9.
With a joint passion for food, provenance and the environment, together, they launched Tas Ag Co to produce a unique eating experience for consumers and to challenge the food industry to do better.
Charlie Arnott (The Regenerative Journey)
Charlie is an award-winning grazier from Boorowa, New South Wales, Australia, an educator and passionate advocate for Regenerative Farming practices. His family business has developed under Charlie’s guidance from a ‘conventional’, industrial high input mixed enterprise farm working against Nature to a Biodynamically principled holistically managed farm partnering with Nature. Find out more about Charlie’s Regenerative Journey.
Tony Mahar (National Farmers Federation)
Tony comes from a farming background in south western Victoria and has worked in and around agriculture for the majority of his working life. He has experience in working with global food manufacturers, major Australian agribusinesses and the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture. He was appointed NFF CEO in March 2016 after holding the positions of Trade and Economics manager and Deputy CEO. He has tertiary qualification in agricultural commerce from Sydney University and a masters degree in industry policy from ANU. Read more about NFF.