Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery
AC, AO (Mil), CVO, MC (Retd)
Michael Jeffry is a former Governor-General of Australia and Governor of Western Australia who now serves as Australia’s first National Advocate for Soil Health. Michael had a rich and rewarding career with the Australian Army during which he was awarded the Military Cross and the South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Michael chairs various organisations including Future Directions International, Soils for Life, Outcomes Australia, and Australian Trachoma Alliance.
Antony Coote AM, MBA
Tony Coote founded The Mulloon Institute in 2011 with his wife Toni, to help demonstrate and share innovative approaches to regenerative land management in Australia. He began purchasing the lands that make up Mulloon Creek Natural Farms in 1968, with his sister. Tony served for many years as Executive Chairman of Angus & Coote (Holdings) Ltd and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1988, for services to industry and the community. Tony passed away in August 2018, leaving behind a wonderful legacy.
The Hon. Gary Nairn AO
Gary was elected as Federal Member for Eden-Monaro in 1996 and served as Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister John Howard, with responsibility for water reform. He was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2015, for his contribution to spatial sciences, NSW and NT communities, Federal Parliament and disability support services.
Richard is an entrepreneur who began his career in auctioneering. He opened his first business with Rundles Auctions in Wagga Wagga in 1997, and then expanded into Dubbo and Tamworth. It has now 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.
Diana has a keen passion for natural biological farming and the environment and is committed to The Mulloon Institute’s vision, particularly what it can achieve in long-term human health and nutrition. Diana has a background in floristry and trained at Constance Spry in the UK, and lives rural Southern Highlands where she pursues her interests in natural flower culture and gardens. Diana is Tony Coote’s daughter.
Charles 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.
Jim is an experienced farm manager who looked after Mulloon Creek Natural Farms for 23 years, until 1997. Jim was also the General Manager and Director for Romani Pastoral Co for several years, overseeing 250,000 acres. Jim has worked as a farm management consultant and run his own farm management business. He currently manages his own property near Gunning.
Science Advisory Council
The Science Advisory Council members give generously of their time and their contributions to direct and review The Mulloon Institute's research.
Emeritus Professor Stephen Dovers
Stephen was Director of the Fenner School of Environment and Society at Australian National University from 2009-2017, and is an Honorary Professor at Charles Darwin University, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He co-authored 'Environment and Sustainability: A policy handbook' and 'The Handbook of Disaster Policies and Institutions' and has degrees in ecology, geography and a PhD in environmental policy.
Professor John Crawford
John is the Integrated Solutions Lab Flagship Leader at Rothamsted Research in the UK, and previously he was Head of Sustainability and Complex Systems at the University of Sydney. John is a theoretical biologist whose research focuses on systems approaches and integrated soil-plant-microbe systems. He has a degree in Physics and a PhD in Theoretical Astrophysics, and has published nearly 200 peer-reviewed articles.
Dr John Field
John has been involved with Mulloon Creek Natural Farms for over 20 years through his and his students’ studies in agriculture and forestry and the vital relationship between plants and soil. He is a Senior Lecturer at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at Australian National University, and he values the role of trees in agricultural and forest land management, environmental services, land capital value and aesthetics.
Dr David Freudenberger
David is a Lecturer and Researcher with the Fenner School of Environment and Society at Australian National University where he researches applied restoration practices and lectures in the management of forested landscapes. David worked with Greening Australia as Chief Scientist from 2007-2012, and has conducted research with CSIRO Wildlife and Ecology.
Walter is a retired scientist with a specialist background in soil microbiology and plant ecology. He is a Director with Healthy Soils Australia and has worked in Australia and overseas including for CSIRO. Walter sees great value in regional communities and land managers creating on-farm microclimates to offset global warming and restore rainfall, helping draw down carbon from the atmosphere and store it in soils.
Professor Neil Mann
Neil is a retired professor of nutritional biochemistry with an active research interest in evolution of the human diet. He is a respected voice internationally on nutrition, healthy, physiology, biochemistry and food science and has been involved with the Nutrition Society of Australia, the Nutrition Accreditation Committee, the Asia Pacific Region International Life Sciences Institute and the International Diabetes Institute.
Dr Michael Wilson
Michael is the Director of Environmental Monitoring and Evaluation at the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, where he assesses the health of water dependent ecosystems in the region. Michael has a PhD in aquatic ecology and has been involved in researching, monitoring and evaluating river systems for 20 years. His studies include the critical role willows play in the accelerated repair of degraded stream systems in Australia.
All Advisory Council members generously volunteer their time and expertise to lead and govern The Mulloon Institute.
All Board Members are ex officio members of the Advisory Council.
See Jim's details listed under Our Board.
Emeritus Professor Stephen Dovers
See Stephen's details listed under Science Advisory Council.
Toni was instrumental in establishing The Mulloon Institute and is the partner of Tony Coote. With a strong business background in hospitality in the Canberra region, Toni established The Carrington Inn at Bungendore, a renowned conference, wedding and fine dining restaurant complex. Toni provides support and advice to The Mulloon Institute and Mulloon Creek Natural Farms and has served on several industry and community boards.
Kate’s background is in prestige real estate in Sydney and was principal of the Barron and Dowling Property Group. Kate is a Governor with WWF Australia and has extensive fundraising experience as President of the Darling Point Committee which supports the St Luke’s Hospital Foundation, and has fundraised for The Heart Foundation, Prince of Wales Private Hospital and various schools around Sydney.
Christine is a senior communicator in natural resource management who has worked with Land & Water Australia, Greening Australia, Conservation Volunteers and the Murray Darling Basin Authority. She was involved in establishing Landcare in 1990, and received a fellowship to study fundraising, strategic positioning, Board governance and training, and internal communications with the The Nature Conservancy in the US.
Tony teaches Holistic Management in NSW and is an accredited professional with the Savory Institute. With a background in economics, policy making, regional development, ecology and biodiversity, he has worked for government and consulted on design applications for Cooperative Research Centres. Tony chairs the Australian Holistic Management Cooperative Project and is on the Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Council.
Peter Howarth OAM
Peter received an OAM in 1994 for his work as Founder of the Primary Club of Australia, which has raised over $5 million for sporting and recreational equipment for the disabled. Peter’s successful career was in property and he now runs the largest Black Simmental herd in Australia. Peter and wife Judy have invested much time and capital in making Nundle, NSW a sustainable town and successful tourist destination.
Douglas is an Investment Specialist for Platinum Asset Management, with a background in financial services in Australia, the UK and Singapore. He has worked for Standard Chartered Bank , Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Aegon UK. Douglas is qualified as a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries in the UK, and is a nephew of Tony Coote by marriage.
Rose Nairn (Stellino)
Rose is a banking professional specialising in business development for the social sector who has received the Westpac Women of Influence Award and the Spirit of Excellence for outstanding Community and Environment Award. Rose founded the not-for-profit organisation ‘Dwell for Australia’, and is on the Board of TADACT and Karralika, and the Executive Committee for Fundraising Institute of Australia, ACT branch.
Martin Royds is a regenerative farmer who uses holistic management, natural sequence farming, biodynamics and permaculture to build soil carbon and biodiversity. His farm ‘Jillamatong’ has featured as a case study for Soils for Life. Martin is a founding member of the Natural Sequence Farming Association, currently chairs the Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Council, and is involved with NSW Landcare and Farmers for Climate Action.
Di Yeldham strongly supports the creative arts through roles with the Arthouse Gallery (Director), Art Gallery of NSW (Benefactor), and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (Foundation Member and Ambassador). She was Director with The Squire Shop in Double Bay and Toorak and is member of St Luke’s Hospital Foundation and a strong supporter of the Sydney Dance Company. Di is a lover nature and lives on the Hawksbury River.