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.


Our Board



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 Allsopp

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 Cavanagh

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 Cupit

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 Guilfoyle

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 Senior Lecturer (Casual) 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 Jehne

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.



Advisory Council

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.


The Hon. Gary Nairn AO


See Gary's details listed under Our Board.

Richard Allsopp

See Richard's details listed under Our Board.

Professor John Crawford

See John's details listed under Science Advisory Council.

Diana Cavanagh

See Diana's details listed under Our Board.

Emeritus Professor Stephen Dovers

See Stephen's details listed under Science Advisory Council.

Charles Cupit

See Charles' details listed under Our Board.

Jim Guilfoyle

See Jim's details listed under Our Board.


Kate Dowling

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 FoundationPrince of Wales Private Hospital and various schools around Sydney.


Christine Ellis

Christine is a senior communicator in natural resource management who has worked with Land & Water AustraliaGreening AustraliaConservation 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 Hill

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, has been a member of the Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Council, and is an accredited teacher of the NSW TAFE Holistic Management Diploma.


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 Isles

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

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

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.

Mulloon Law Committee


The Mulloon Law Committee advises The Mulloon Institute Board on specific legal and regulatory issues.

The Committee’s initial task is to review approvals needed to implement catchment remediation projects and to suggest and lobby for sensible legislative and regulatory reforms.



Matt Egerton-Warburton


Matt is a senior corporate lawyer with King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney and will chair the committee. He was formally a partner with Withers LLP in Hong Kong and has worked in New York, London and Hong Kong. He became involved with The Mulloon Institute as grantor on behalf of a charitable trust.


Mark Beaufoy

Mark is a partner with King & Wood Mallesons specialising in environment and planning acting for Commonwealth, state and local government, statutory authorities and developers.


Wilfred Finn

Wilf is General Counsel and Associate Director of Aither (a specialist water policy, markets and strategy consulting business) and has an extensive background in water/environmental law, policy and markets in the public and private sectors.