Mr Andrew McBain
Mr McBain is the founder and Managing Director of Alterra. Mr McBain is passionate about opportunities in Australian agribusiness and his career, which extends over 15 years, includes raising over $100 million for various agricultural and mineral related projects.
Previously, Mr McBain was a founding director of ASX listed mineral exploration companies Scimitar Resources Ltd (now Cauldron Energy Ltd) and Rumble Resources Ltd (including Managing Director) as well as founder and Managing Director of AACL, a grain production, finance and marketing business that was sold to a major international grain trading company.
With a reputation for innovation and developing talented people, Mr McBain has experience in start-ups, ASX listings, capital raisings, investor relations and corporate compliance. His experience is complemented by competencies including business management, strategic thinking and business development. Mr McBain is a member of the AICD.
Mr Anthony Fitzgerald
Has over 35 years’ experience in the operational and financial management of agribusinesses including large scale animal production, land conservation projects, farmer networks, and grain marketing pools.
For the 5 years prior to the transfer of Alterra’s carbon business to ACCUAM and Carbon Conscious Investments Ltd Mr Fitzgerald lead the Alterra internal and external teams that managed compliance with the Carbon Farming Initiative Act to generate Australian Carbon Credits, drove a commercial focus into managing the 30 properties (21M trees on 18,000 Ha), and developed the science and IP that supported the business.
At Alterra he maintains executive management and Co-Sec responsibilities and holds: a Bachelor of Agribusiness (Hons); an AFMA Post-Grad Diploma in Financial Services, and is a member and AICD program graduate.
Dr Natasha (Tash) Ayers
Dr Ayers has a background in agriculture and has spent 8 years as a researcher/lecturer at the University of Western Australia, University of Glasgow, University of Southern California and University of Sydney. In that time, Dr Ayers published more than 25 papers and supervised 10 Masters and PhD students.
Dr Ayers specialises in innovation training and mentoring, especially for regional areas and founded and leads AgriStart Pty Ltd and UniBiz Connect. As part of her 6 years working in research management, Dr Ayers founded iPREP WA; a unique program involving researchers from all 5 WA universities undertaking projects in industry, which won the 2017 Australian Council of Graduate Research award for industry engagement and was a finalist in the Premier's Science awards in 2016.
Dr Ayers has been on the judging panel for the Innovator of the Year awards since 2015 and is currently on the judging panel for the Agriculture and Aquaculture Entrepreneurship prize. She has a PhD in Plant Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, with qualifications in university teaching, research commercialisation and leadership and is a member and graduate of the AICD.