Speaker Profiles

Alasdair MacLeod

Alasdair is Executive Chairman of Macdoch, a private investment company with offices in Sydney and London.

In Australia, Macdoch comprises a group of innovative Australian businesses striving to show how a resilient agricultural sector builds natural capital and contributes to global climate solutions.

He is Chairman of Macdoch Foundation, a philanthropic organisation which aims to build the resilience of people and the planet. Its work focuses on agriculture and food systems; climate change solutions; and healthy communities. Macdoch Foundation initiated Farming for the Future, a research program seeking to show how investment in on-farm natural capital is linked to farm profitability.

Alasdair is also Chairman of Soils for Life, an independent, non-profit organisation that works to support Australian farmers to regenerate soils, for resilient people, communities, businesses, and landscapes.

Marg Will

Marg has extensive experience in standards development and implementation and in addition to Organic Systems & Solutions, currently serves as the Chair of the Certified Sustainable Standard Board. Marg is also involved in beef production, food manufacturing and seedstock export.

Marg was previously Secretariat of the Organic Industry Standards and Certification Council (OISCC), the body formerly responsible for maintaining the Organic Standard in Australia and was involved in market access work for identified priority countries.

Marg completed the legislative framework review for the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources for the Australian Organic Industry, and co- developed the Organic Mark, The CTM Rules and the regulatory framework for the Mark, in order to process Market Access negotiations.

Marg is a former General Manager of an Australian Organic Certification body and has assisted Governments within Australia and overseas in implementing regulations.   Marg has many years’ expertise in Organic / Sustainable Primary Production and food processing and continues to assist farmers and manufacturers to become organic and certified sustainable through her role as CEO of Organic Systems & Solutions.  Organic Systems & Solutions also provides new product development advice, marketing / packaging design and marketplace entry to clients across the globe.

Tim Ryan, General Manager – Industry Affairs

Tim leads the Industry Affairs team, which manages AMIC’s biosecurity, traceability, sustainability, animal welfare, industry standards and economic programs and advocacy work. Tim has close to ten years’ experience in the Australian red meat industry, with roles spanning market research, economic services, business development, and trade and market access.

Prior to joining AMIC, Tim worked at Meat & Livestock Australia for over eight years, with positions in the National Livestock Reporting Service, Market Information Team, and International Markets Team, including a three-year posting to Singapore. Tim worked across an array of program areas, including industry forecasting, supply-chain and market analysis, and non-tariff barrier alleviation.

Tim was a committee member of the Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association for seven years, with stints as treasurer and national team coach, where he developed a passion for supporting young people entering the red meat industry. Tim has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours in Economics) and is completing a Master of International Trade and Development. Tim grew up on a sheep property in central Victoria.

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