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, and has 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.
During 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.
Dr Ayers is on the judging panels for the Innovator of the Year and 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.
Mr Raphael Wood
With a career that has spanned all aspects of environmental markets Mr Wood brings a broad knowledge and unique perspective to all issues in carbon and environmental markets.
Mr Wood’s professional career began as an exploration geologist in locations that included the jungles of New Caledonia, then came a decade as a stockbroker and investment advisor followed by,
5 years advising the Federal Government on establishing and operating environmental markets within the Clean Energy Regulator’s Office, and then 2.5 years as the Head of Environmental Markets with Australia's largest carbon project developer GreenCollar.
In June 2018 he founded, and is the Managing Director of, Market Advisory Group which already enjoys a reputation for being one of Australia’s preeminent independent carbon market advisory service providers.
Qualifications include a Bachelor Science (Geology) and FINSIA Post-Grad Diploma of Financial Services.