Antony Coote AM, MBA

FOUNDER

'The equation is simple. Less CO2 in the atmosphere. More carbon in the soil. But the possibilities are endless. Humanity living generatively, in harmony with nature. Ecosystems restored. The climate in balance. Abundance for all.'

Tony Coote is the founder of The Mulloon Institute. Both sides of his ancestry, going back in Australia to 1840, combined farming and grazing with entrepreneurial business. Tony continued that tradition, building business that created surplus and capital for the benefit of all stakeholders (employees, customers, suppliers, shareholders, the community and government) as well as building natural capital that restores the function of the landscape such that it is resilient and capable of delivering surplus to current and future generations.

He started his working career as a “jackaroo” on farms, then completed a BSc in Boston USA, and later an MBA at the University of NSW in Sydney. He had a long career in the publicly listed Angus & Coote (Holdings) Ltd, whose core business was jewellery manufacturing and retailing with 2500 staff and 350 stores, mainly in Australia. He was the Executive Chairman for some years until the family sold its controlling interest in 2007.

Tony also served as President of the Australian Retailers Association and the Federation of Asian Retailers Association. He was on the board of financial services company ING Australia for 20 years.

He was honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia in 1988 for services to industry and the community.

His life long love of the land and nature led him to buy a small farm holding with his sister in 1968. Over the years, as it became available, he gradually purchased adjoining land to build the total land holding to its current 5700 acres. The Mulloon Institute will ensure that the restorative work that is being carried out on Mulloon Creek Natural Farms goes on, to be of benefit to future generations.

The Hon. Gary Nairn AO

chairman

Following a 25 year professional career in surveying and mapping in Australia, the UK and in Geneva, including as Managing Director of his own surveying and mapping consultancy business for 13 years, Gary Nairn was elected to the Australian Parliament as the Member for Eden-Monaro in March 1996. He was re-elected in 1998, 2001 & 2004, leaving the Parliament at the November 2007 election. During his time in Parliament he served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, with his responsibilities including water reform, and as Special Minister of State. He also chaired a number of committees including Electoral Matters, Science & Innovation and the inquiry into the 2003 bushfires.

Since leaving Parliament Gary has undertaken a number of consultancies in Australia and internationally within his professional expertise of the spatial science industries but importantly where such expertise mixes with government service delivery and processes. He currently chairs Australia’s Northern Territory Planning Commission and is a board member of the NT Environment Protection Authority, chairs the Tasmanian Spatial Information Council, an advisory board of the research Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructure and Land Administration at Melbourne University and is the immediate past Chairman of the Spatial Industries Business Association. Gary was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in June 2015 for his service to the Australian Parliament, the communities of NSW and the NT, and the spatial science industries and disability support groups. He has been a member of the Mulloon Institute's Advisory Council for the past few years. 

 

Jim Guilfoyle

Jim managed Mulloon Creek Natural Farms (MCNF) for 23 years between 1974 and 1997. In 1988 he also formed his own farm management business and took on the role of farm management consultant across a range of farms in the region, managing both MCNF as well as farms for other landholders.

Jim left MCNF in 1997 to become General Manager and Director for Romani Pastoral Co., and was responsible for overseeing 250,000 acres of property ranging from the Liverpool Plains to the Riverina.

In 2009 he returned to the region and now splits his time between running his own property near Gunning, and sharing his experience and knowledge with MCNF and The Mulloon Institute. Jim also serves on The Mulloon Institute Advisory Council.

 

Richard Allsopp

Richard, nephew of the founder, is an entrepreneur beginning his career in auctioneering; he opened his first business in 1997 with Rundles Auctions in Wagga Wagga, which then expanded into Dubbo, and finally Tamworth. It grew to become the largest regional, industrial auctioneers in NSW selling cars, trucks, earthmoving equipment and machinery for State and Local government, banks, finance companies and corporate clients.

He is based on a farm 40km SE of Wagga where he is restoring the landscape in a similar fashion to that at MCNF. Richard also serves on The Mulloon Institute Advisory Council.

Charles Cupit

Charles Cupit is a director of Bedford CA, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia. He joined Bedford CA (then Bedford Titley) in 1996 and has been a director since 2002. Formerly of Yarwood Vane (now Deloitte), Charles specialises in providing taxation and business advice to SME's.


Advisory Council

 

All Advisory Council members generously volunteer their time and expertise to lead and govern The Mulloon Institute.  

 

Professor John Crawford

John was Chair in Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Sydney when he joined The Mulloon Institute Advisory Council. He has left Australia to take up his current role of Scientific Director of the Delivering Sustainable Systems programme, Rothamsted Research, in the UK, but continues his involvement with The Mulloon Institute. He holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Glasgow and a PhD in Theoretical Astrophysics from the University of London. He has published more than 100 papers in international peer-reviewed journal articles with over 1700 citations.

Charles Cupit

Charles Cupit is a director of Bedford CA, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia. He joined Bedford CA (then Bedford Titley) in 1996 and has been a director since 2002. Formerly of Yarwood Vane (now Deloitte), Charles specialises in providing taxation and business advice to SME's.

 

Diana Cavanagh

Diana has inherited her father Tony Coote's passion for natural biological farming and the environment. With a background in floristry and trained at Constance Spry in the United Kingdom, Diana now lives in rural Southern Highlands, where she has brought up her three children and pursues her interests in natural flower culture, and gardens. Diana is committed to her father's vision for The Mulloon Institute and what it can achieve, particularly in the areas of long-term human health and nutrition.

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Professor Stephen Dovers

Steve is the Director of the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University, Honorary Professor at Charles Darwin University, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He has degrees in ecology and geography and a PhD in environmental policy and, in addition to undergraduate teaching, undertakes research in theoretical and policy dimensions of sustainability, institutional arrangements for resource management, science-policy linkages and climate change adaptation. He supervised more than sixty PhD students, and authored over two hundred research publications, including the 2013 second editions of the books Environment and Sustainability: A policy handbook (with Karen Hussey) and The Handbook of Disaster Policies and Institutions (with John Handmer). Steve acts as Chair of the Institute’s Science Advisory Council.

 

Peter Howarth

OAM

Apart from a successful career in the property business, Peter established the largest polled Simmental herd in Australia and then purchased Wombramurra, at Nundle NSW, which was the largest Devon stud in the world. A Composite breed embracing Simmental Angus and Devons followed and he now runs the largest Black Simmental herd in Australia. At their peak the properties covered 30,000 acres.

Peter and his wife Judy took a great interest in the town of Nundle and invested much time and capital making it into a more sustainable town and a successful tourist destination.

In 1994 he was awarded an OAM in recognition of his work as the Founder of the Primary Club of Australia, which has raised over $5 million to provide sporting and recreational equipment for the disabled. Peter continues to be involved in a range of fund raising activities for a variety of organisations.

 

 

 

 

 

Christine Ellis

Christine has had a long and diverse involvement with natural resource management starting with the establishment of Landcare in 1990 while an adviser to the Minister for Resources, Sen Peter Cook.  Since then she has worked on developing policies and programs on biodiversity, forest resources and climate change.  Christine has also worked as a senior communicator at Land & Water Australia, Greening Australia, Conservation Volunteers and the Murray Darling Basin Authority.  Her focus has always been how to turn the results of solid and rigorous research into products that can be easily communicated to landholders and other NRM practitioners.  She was the inaugural Australian recipient of the Barbara Thomas Fellowship which supported her to work with the Nature Conservancy in the US on fundraising, strategic positioning, Board governance and training, and internal communications. 

The Hon. Gary Nairn AO

Following a 25 year professional career in surveying and mapping in Australia, the UK and in Geneva, including as Managing Director of his own surveying and mapping consultancy business for 13 years, Gary Nairn was elected to the Australian Parliament as the Member for Eden-Monaro in March 1996. He was re-elected in 1998, 2001 & 2004, leaving the Parliament at the November 2007 election. During his time in Parliament he served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, with his responsibilities including water reform, and as Special Minister of State. He also chaired a number of committees including Electoral Matters, Science & Innovation and the inquiry into the 2003 bushfires.

Since leaving Parliament Gary has undertaken a number of consultancies in Australia and internationally within his professional expertise of the spatial science industries but importantly where such expertise mixes with government service delivery and processes. He currently chairs Australia’s Northern Territory Planning Commission and is a board member of the NT Environment Protection Authority, chairs the Tasmanian Spatial Information Council, an advisory board of the research Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructure and Land Administration at Melbourne University and is the immediate past Chairman of the Spatial Industries Business Association. Gary was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in June 2015 for his service to the Australian Parliament, the communities of NSW and the NT, and the spatial science industries and disability support groups. He has been a member of the Mulloon Institute's Advisory Council for the past few years.

 
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Jim Guilfoyle

Jim managed Mulloon Creek Natural Farms (MCNF) for 23 years between 1974 and 1997. In 1988 he also formed his own farm management business and took on the role of farm management consultant across a range of farms in the region, managing both MCNF as well as farms for other landholders.

Jim left MCNF in 1997 to become General Manager and Director for Romani Pastoral Co., and was responsible for overseeing 250,000 acres of property ranging from the Liverpool Plains to the Riverina.

In 2009 he returned to the region and now splits his time between running his own property near Gunning, and sharing his experience and knowledge with MCNF and The Mulloon Institute. Jim also serves on The Mulloon Institute Advisory Council.

 

Richard Allsopp

Richard, nephew of the founder, is an entrepreneur beginning his career in auctioneering; he opened his first business in 1997 with Rundles Auctions in Wagga Wagga, which then expanded into Dubbo, and finally Tamworth. It grew to become the largest regional, industrial auctioneers in NSW selling cars, trucks, earthmoving equipment and machinery for State and Local government, banks, finance companies and corporate clients.

He is based on a farm 40km SE of Wagga where he is restoring the landscape in a similar fashion to that at MCNF. Richard also serves on The Mulloon Institute Advisory Council.

 
 

Science Advisory Council

 

The Science Advisory Council members give generously of their time and their contributions to direct and review The Mulloon Institutes’ research.

 

Professor Stephen Dovers

Chairman

Steve is the Director of the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University, Honorary Professor at Charles Darwin University, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He has degrees in ecology and geography and a PhD in environmental policy and, in addition to undergraduate teaching, undertakes research in theoretical and policy dimensions of sustainability, institutional arrangements for resource management, science-policy linkages and climate change adaptation. He supervised more than sixty PhD students, and authored over two hundred research publications, including the 2013 second editions of the books Environment and Sustainability: A policy handbook (with Karen Hussey), and The Handbook of Disaster Policies and Institutions (with John Handmer). Steve is also a member of the Advisory Council.

Professor John Crawford

John was Chair in Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Sydney when he joined The Mulloon Institute Advisory Council, he left Australia to take up his current role of Scientific Director of the Delivering Sustainable Systems programme, Rothamsted Research, in the UK, but continues his involvement with The Mulloon Institute. He holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Glasgow and a PhD in Theoretical Astrophysics from the University of London. He has published more than 100 papers in international peer-reviewed journal articles with over 1700 citations.

 
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Dr John Field

Senior Lecturer

Fenner School of Environment and Society, the Australian National University

John has been involved with Mulloon Creek Natural Farms for over 20 years through his and his students’ interest in agriculture and forestry and the critical relationship that exists between plants (trees) and soil. He shares our interest in the utilisation of trees in agricultural and forest land management and in the "intangible values" of privately owned forestry and farm forestry including environmental services, capital value of land and aesthetic values.

Walter Jehne

Director

Healthy Soils Australia

Walter Jehne is a retired scientist with a specialist background in soil microbiology and plant ecology and has worked in Australia and overseas including for CSIRO. He is very interested in catalysing urgent regional action by local communities and land managers to practically and profitably create on farm microclimates to offset warming and restore rainfalls and to draw down carbon from past emissions safely into our soils and ensure opportunities and stability for all.

 

Dr Michael Wilson

Director Environmental Monitoring and Evaluation

Murray Darling Basin Authority

Michael has been involved in researching, monitoring and evaluating river systems for 20 years. He has a PhD in aquatic ecology and as leader of an aquatic ecology group at the University of Ballarat undertook critical early studies on the contribution of willows to the accelerated repair of degraded stream systems in Australia. His move to the Murray-Darling Authority led to a national role in river health assessment, policy and communication with a special responsibility for assessing the health of water dependent ecosystems in the Murray-Darling Basin. He has been involved with MCNF through his review of Peter Andrew’s work in the repair of the incision of the Mulloon Creek and continues to contribute a perspective from both science and government policy to the Institute’s work.

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Professor Neil Mann

retired professor of nutritional biochemistry

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Neil Mann was Chair of nutrition research, co-ordinating food science and human nutrition research projects, including investigations into obesity and diabetes as well as other aspects of metabolic syndrome.  Professor Mann also has an active research interest in the evolution of the human diet and has lectured in nutrition, physiology, biochemistry and food science and food systems, supervised postgraduate students and published over 70 refereed research papers,over 100 national and international conference proceedings and several book chapters on nutrition and health.

Professor Mann has been Chairperson of the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) Professional Affairs Committee, Chairperson and member of the Nutrition Accreditation Committee, state president of NSA for Victoria for over 10 years, Trustee of Asia Pacific Region International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) for six years and scientific director of the International Diabetes Institute – Food GI testing program for five years.  He was also a Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford University, School of Anthropology for three years while writing a scientific text on evolution and human nutrition with Oxford University staff, which was published in October 2012.

 


Development Council

 

Douglas Isle

Douglas Isles has over 20 years experience in Financial Services in Australia, the UK and Singapore and is currently Investment Specialist for Platinum Asset Management, a role he has been in since 2013, having previously spent over 5 years as Investment Analyst at the same firm from 2003-2008.  Douglas spent the interim period in Singapore, where he worked for Standard Chartered Bank. Prior to joining Platinum, Douglas was an Actuary with the CBA having qualified as Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries in the UK while working as an Investment Manager for Aegon UK.  He has an MA in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and is a nephew of Tony Coote by marriage. 
 

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Diana Cavanagh

Diana has inherited her father Tony Coote's passion for natural biological farming and the environment. With a background in floristry and trained at Constance Spry in the United Kingdom, Diana now lives in rural Southern Highlands, where she has brought up her three children and pursues her interests in natural flower culture, and gardens. Diana is committed to her father's vision for The Mulloon Institute and what it can achieve, particularly in the areas of long-term human health and nutrition.