ACO Board Members

Airlie Maclachlan

Chairman, ACO Certification Ltd

Airlie is a Director of Ukoo – Complete People Solutions. Ukoo are specialist HR Consultants delivering tailor made outsourced HR Solutions for SMEs nationally.

Airlie has been in management leadership roles in the private, public, philanthropic and not-for-profit sectors for over 25 years.

Across her career, Airlie has worked for some well-known Australian organisations including Clayton Utz, Minter Ellison, Outward Bound, the Grains Research and Development Corporation, Kowalski Recruitment and Hynes Lawyers.

Airlie is currently Chairperson of Australian Certified Organic Limited and the Thyne Reid Foundation and a Non-Executive Director of HOTA, Arcadia College and Somerset Storyfest. She has an MBA, is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors course (GAICD) and has undertaken ongoing studies with the London School of Economics in Strategic Management.

Wayne Shields

Director, ACO Certification Ltd.

Wayne is the farmer/director/founder of Peninsula fresh organic, a Certified organic vegetable production farm & retailer of our own produce based on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula along with growing sites at Bullarto in Central Victoria & Barham in the NSW Riverina.

Wayne has worked in many progressive horticultural businesses both conventional & Organic, starting as an apprentice to labouring farmhand & operations manager’s at farms like Taranto farm’s, Rocky Lamatina & sons, Clays farm, Northern Citrus, Mt Alma farming & Spring Creek Organic before starting PFO.

Outside of farming Wayne is into his 4th term as President of the Victorian Farmers Market Association - a 700 plus member organisation advocating for small farmers, farmers markets & artisan producers, while administering the VFMA’s farmers market accreditation program.

Rick McDougall

Director, ACO Certification Ltd.

Rick has been a farmer for almost 50yrs and has operated the family livestock and cropping farms as certified organic for the past 20yrs. He also has extensive experience working with various committees and industry associations. He has been a director on Co-operative and company boards and participated in company directors courses (AICD). He is a past member of the National Standards Subcommittee.

Currently he is a councillor on the Goondiwindi Regional Council, a position he has held for over 15yrs.

Rick has been on the board of Australian Organic Ltd. since 2017.

Ross Burling

Director, ACO Certification Ltd.

Ross has been in management leadership roles in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors for over 25 years.

Ross is a Director and CEO of Stahmann Farms, the largest vertically integrated Pecan and Macadamia Food business in the southern hemisphere.

Across his career Ross has lived and worked at home and abroad in the mining services area and has extensive experience across a number of agricultural sectors, with a passion for horticulture.

Ross Joined the Board of Stahmann Farms in February 2010 and has lead the company as the Chief Executive officer since March 2013. Ross is also a Director with Australian Certified Organic limited, and a member of the Gwydir Valley irrigators association. He has undertaken ongoing studies with, University of Queensland in Business Management and is a graduate of the AICD Company director’s course.


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