Vision

Organic living is affordable, accessible and mainstream.

Mission

To increase the uptake and demand for sustainable organic agriculture and products through innovative and ethical provision of education, market development, advocacy, policy, standards and certification services.

NASAA Organic Strategic Plan

NASAA Board

The NASAA Board provides governance and oversight through:

  • entrepreneurial, visionary and ethical leadership
  • setting organisational strategic goals, values and priorities
  • legal and financial accountability
  • ensuring appropriate financial and human resources are available to meet strategic goals
  • supporting effective stakeholder engagement
  • reviewing management performance.

Board Directors

Tim Marshall, Chair

Tim has been a leader in organic agriculture and certification in Australia for 45 years and a significant contributor to organic standards and certification in worldwide forums.

Tim has worn many hats at NASAA over the years, he co-founded NASAA in 1986, first chairperson 1986-1988, board member until 1997, certification coordinator 1990-92 and Inspector 1990-2004. He was also the first Organic Guarantee System Coordinator for the world peak body in organics IFOAM in 2001.

Tim founded TM Organics Pty Ltd in 2006, which was the main organic consulting and training company in the Asia-pacific region. TM Organics is now closed but he operates as a sole trader doing very similar work.

Tim has worked with some of the largest agriculture enterprises in Australia, including the largest producers of wine grapes, apples, mangoes, avocados, and very large producers of wool, beef, and nuts. In Asia Tim has worked with large cooperatives consisting of thousands of small-scale coffee, tea, cocoa, coconut, and spice producers.

Tim is excited about the role organics will play in the future creating a healthier environment and better health outcomes.

Phil Rowe, Deputy Chair

Phil has developed a small but diverse mixed horticulture family business in West Gippsland, Victoria, since 1980, based on permaculture principles, specialising in fresh Rubus berries and on-farm processing, and with Organic Certification since 1988.

He also has longstanding active participation in the development of organic agriculture certification Standards, serving as NASAA’s Certification Review Committee Chair for 14 years, and on the Board of NASAA and NCO.

Phil is President of the peak industry body, Raspberries and Blackberries Australia Inc., having been a founding committee member since its establishment in 1983. He has been engaged with variety development, international variety licensing and commercialisation and industry biosecurity planning.

Prior to farming, Phil undertook soil microbiological survey research for several years after the completion of a Bachelor of Science.

Liz Pitcher, Director

Originally from a cereal and cropping farm in Jamestown South Australia, Liz Pitcher was elected to the NASAA Board in October 2018.

Liz has extensive experience as a producer, processor and researcher in the wine industry.

She is currently Technical and Organic Manager at Chalk Hill Viticulture (NASAA Certified Organic) in McLaren Vale, South Australia, where she is responsible for the quality assurance programs including NASAA Certified Organic, Sustainable Australian Winegrowing, Entwine and HACCP.

Liz is passionate about the organics industry and firmly committed to enhancing both environmental and economic sustainability within the sector through the adoption of organic certification.

Phil Sutherland, Director

Phillip (Phil) Sutherland has a passionate interest in the health benefits of organic, biodynamic and sustainable agricultural practices.

A life changing personal experience convinced Phil of the health benefits of organic foods. He has since been keen to support and promote organic agriculture practices, contributing his wealth of management experience in both the public and commercial sector.

Currently the Chief Executive of the Civil Contractors Federation South Australia, he oversees Civil Train SA and Train SA, the largest private Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in South Australia.

As a senior executive of a South Australian Technical College, Phil has dedicated his time in training Apprentices as part of a student Secondary Education School Based Apprenticeship Program.

Phil is an experienced industry and business advocate with skills in public policy, government relations and media.

Mark Anderson, Director

Mark is a strategic thinker with a 30 year history in senior management and CEO roles within the environment sector. His experience has centred on NGO management, marketing and membership with senior roles in the Wilderness Society, Greenpeace, Greening Australia and more recently as the General Manager of NASAA.

He is currently Director and CEO of Every Body Buildings and Access Living Australia – two companies devoted to developing and delivering disability housing for the Federal Government’s National Disability Insurance Scheme.

He lives on a property in the Adelaide Hills with his partner, their son, 4 horses, 2 goats, 2 dogs, 9 chickens and an unknowable number of bees.

Mark is the President of South Australia’s Peak Body for the environment – Conservation Council SA.