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John Leggett

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 knowhow.

John Leggett

John Leggett – Operations Manager

John served 26 years in the Australian Regular Army followed by some 24 years as a management consultant for government, private and international programs. Throughout his career he has gained much experience as a senior manager, management consultant, manager educator and project manager. Since 2010, he brings this extensive management and organisational experience to his role at Soils for Life.

Richard Thackway - Researcher

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.

Terry Harkness

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.

Greg Hosking - Researcher

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.

Madeleine Florin - Social media

Madeleine Florin - Social media

Madeleine brings her combination of research and communication experience to Soils for Life. She has worked for eight years in soil science, agronomy and farming systems research, in both Australia and the Netherlands. More recently she has worked on the interface of research and practice, building bridges between researchers, policy makers and land managers through communication tools on print and web media.

Don McDonough - School gardens

Don McDonough - School gardens

Don has been associated with Michael Jeffery for some 60 years. Upon retirement in 2009, he joined Michael Jeffery to gather soils ‘data' for use in his initial activities in this area. On the establishment of Soils for Life, Don sought, recorded and filed soil and water information. More recently, he began managing the School Gardens Program.

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