As a non-profit, non-government organisation, Soils for Life is managed by a small Program Office and relies on the generous support provided by our many friends and volunteers.
Read about the wonderful farmers and land managers whose stories we hope will inspire many others to adopt regenerative landscape management practices.
SOILS FOR LIFE BOARD
Major General The Honourable Michael Jeffery, AC, AO(Mil), CVO, MC (Retd) was born in Wiluna, Western Australia in 1937. He graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon into Infantry serving operationally in Malaya, Borneo, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam, where he was awarded the Military Cross and the South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He retired from the Army in 1993 and was appointed Governor of Western Australia until 2000. Post retirement as Governor, he established a not for profit strategic research institute – Future Directions International (FDI) - in Perth.
From 2003 to 2008 he served as Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia where his key interests were in youth, education and food security. Currently he is Chairman of FDI and Outcomes Australia and patron of some other 16 charitable organisations and the Executive Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in Australia. In October 2013 he was appointed by the Prime Minister as Australia's Advocate for Soil Health. Married to Marlena, he enjoys golf, cricket, fishing, reading and music.
Eve Crestani is an experienced Chairman, Non-Executive Director and business consultant. She qualified in law, and has 30 years’ experience in Board and Committee governance. She has deep experience in board strategy development, risk management, change management and Human Resources.
Her breadth of industry experience includes financial services, professional services, education, health and retirement living development and operations. Governance of complex businesses is key feature of her board career.
Eve is currently a director of the Zurich Australia Group, Australian Unity Office Property Fund, Seres Asset Management Limited (HK) and booking.com.
Julian Cribb is an Australian author and science communicator. He is principal of Julian Cribb & Associates who provide specialist consultancy in the communication of science, agriculture, food, mining, energy and the environment. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (ATSE) and a member of the ANU Emeritus Faculty.
His career includes appointments as newspaper editor, scientific editor for The Australian newspaper, director of national awareness for CSIRO, member of numerous scientific boards and advisory panels, and president of national professional bodies for agricultural journalism and science communication.
His published work includes over 9000 articles, 3000 science media releases and eight books. He has received 32 awards for journalism. His internationally-acclaimed book, The Coming Famine (2010) explored the question of how we can feed 10 billion humans this century. His book, Poisoned Planet (2014) examines the contamination of the Earth system and humanity by anthropogenic chemicals and how to prevent it. His latest book Surviving the 21st Century (Springer 2016) deals with the existential crisis facing humanity in our time - and what we can do about it.
John Hartley graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1965 and served twice in South Vietnam where he commanded an infantry platoon and was the Senior Advisor to a South Vietnamese infantry battalion. He retired from the Army in 2000, having headed Army's Training Command, been Director of the Defence Intelligence Organisation, Deputy Chief of Army and Head of Army's Land Command.
John joined Future Directions International (FDI) in 2009. Among its research tasks, FDI seeks to determine whether we have an impending food and water crisis and,if so, what will cause it, what impact this might have on Australia and what should we as a nation do about it. FDI also seeks to analyse the future development of northern Australia and how we might regenerate our degrading landscapes.
Mark Horan biography coming soon.
Alasdair MacLeod worked for News Ltd for 20 years where his roles included Managing Director of The Times of London and of Nationwide News, the publisher of The Daily Telegraph and The Australian. He now devotes a great deal of his time to overseeing family owned grazing enterprises in the Southern Tableland and New England Regions of NSW, where he is implementing high performance land management practices.
Charlie Maslin biography coming soon.
Neal Menzies is an Australian Professor of Soil Science at The University of Queensland. In his early adult years, Neal completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons) in 1985, a Master of Agricultural Studies in 1987, and a PhD in 1992. Neal has worked for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Cameroon, the Newcastle University (Newcastle upon Tyne) in England, and The University of Queensland in Australia, where he is currently Head of the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences.
SOILS FOR LIFE PROGRAM OFFICE
Natalie Williams is the Soils for Life Chief of Staff. She joined the organisation in 2017, bringing practical regeneration experience as a former land manager of a a 7600 hectare sustainably-managed cattle station. Natalie has run her own businesses and has held numerous Director positions on Corporate Agriculture Management boards. Natalie is also a former Nuffield Scholar, studying carbon sequestration in arid and semi-arid environs, sustainable grazing systems and how farmers can make money trading carbon.