Team

ROD CHISHOLM – CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Rod has extensive experience in the Defence force, in senior management and operations roles with a large multi-national in Australasia and the Middle East and more recently with consulting on both capital and maintenance projects in both public and private sectors. He has qualifications in management and strategy together with an abiding life-long interest in regenerative farming and land care that originated from dairying in Victoria’s Western District in his youth. He aims to boost our production of good, relevant case studies, strengthen our networks and share the know-how.

RICHARD THACKWAY – RESEARCHER

Richard is a research scientist with over 30 years’ experience in classifying, assessing and reporting on Australia’s landscapes and natural resources. His research has been adopted by regional, state and national land use policy and planners and land managers. Richard is Visiting Fellow at ANU, UNSW ADFA and an Adjunct Associate Professor at UQ.

GREG HOSKING – RESEARCHER

Greg Hosking graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor degree in Forest Science. He has previously worked on wildlife research programs for the ACT Parks and Conservation Service and a Professor from The Australian National University. He is from a cattle and sheep farming background and enjoys returning to the family farm as often as possible.

TERRY HARKNESS – PROJECT MANAGER

Terry is a qualified accountant (CPA) with more than 30 years’ experience in a variety of industries including manufacturing, retail, hospitality, mining and waste recycling. Moreover, he has worked as an operations/quality safety and environment manager for the green waste recycling industry and played voluntary treasury roles for Landcare Illawarra and Repower Shoalhaven.

KIRSTY YEATES – RESEARCHER

Kirsty is an agroecologist inspired by the deep commitment that the regenerative community has towards enhancing the landscape, building strong, vibrant communities and producing healthy, nutritious food. At Soils for Life, she helps to share the innovations, experience and insights of land managers using regenerative approaches to support wider adoption. She brings the research community and other industry groups together with regenerative landscape managers to improve understanding of regenerative approaches and support continuing innovation in regenerative agriculture.

NARELLE LUFF – OFFICE MANAGER AND EXECUTIVE SUPPORT

Narelle is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and worked in the health care industry for 15 years. Narelle’s work in health care spanned clinical work with patients in hospital and community settings, professional education and training. Narelle has also worked in healthcare management and holds a Master of Health Industry Management. Narelle grew up in country Victoria, in Gippsland, and has maintained a continuing interest in agriculture and rural life. Narelle has a passion for gardening particularly food production and continues to expand her skills using a variety of techniques that foster soil health .