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.


Michael Jeffery

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

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

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

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

Michael Moore AM is the CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia and is the President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations. He is the chair of a number of health networks. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra and visiting Professor at the University of Technology Sydney. Michael was formerly a teacher and consultant and served four terms as an elected member of the ACT Legislative Assembly, from 1989 to 2001. Michael was Australia's first independent Minister of Health and Community Care. In 2017 he was honoured by being made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).  

Alasdair MacLeod

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

Charlie Maslin is a farmer from the southern Monaro, where he has been involved in running a grazing property, 'Gunningrah', for the past 35 years. After school, and before returning to his family property, Charlie graduated from the University of Sydney with a Batchelor of Agricultural Economics. He then worked for a futures broker at the Sydney Futures Exchange and as an advisor and trader in the wool and cattle futures markets. Since returning to Gunningrah, the scale, enterprise and management philosophy of the property has undergone a lot of change. The main driving force behind these changes is to sustainably manage part of our precious Australian landscape while coping with the vagaries of the farming environment.

Garry Browne AM is the CEO and Managing Director of Stuart Alexander & Co., a company founded in 1884 that imports, markets and distributes premium global brands. Having led Stuart Alexander & Co. since 1997, Garry is an expert in transforming organisations, managing cultural change, leading innovative practise and building brands into household names. A committed philanthropist and advocate of corporate social responsibility, Garry holds several non-executive Board roles and supports numerous causes personally as well as through the S’Team Foundation. Garry’s significant service to the community was recognised with a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2014. Garry has a Bachelor of Business from UTS and is a former student of the Harvard Business School’s Owner President Management Program. Garry is married to Robyn and has two young adult sons.



Natalie Williams

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.


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Soils for Life is an Outcomes Australia Project.

Outcomes Australia is a not-for-profit organisation for change. It is a collaboration of eminent Australians who are dedicating time and expertise on a pro-bono basis to deliver solutions for the greater good. Our purpose is to ensure that Australia has optimal solutions to problems that impact on the entire community directly, or indirectly.

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Soils for Life holds an information-sharing relationship with Future Directions International (FDI).

FDI is an independent, not-for-profit research institute based in Perth, Western Australia. It was established in 2000 by Major General Michael Jeffery together with a small group of leading Australians to conduct comprehensive research of important medium to long-term issues facing Australia.

FDI’s primary aim is to provide informed, balanced advice on issues such as global food and water crises, the development of Northern Australia, the Indian Ocean and energy security, which will ultimately result in policy changes that will enhance the quality of strategic decisions at senior levels of the public and private sectors in Australia for the benefit of all Australians.

We are delighted to have the following organisations as our partners as we seek to encourage change in how the Australian landscape is managed.

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