The Board of WOA brings together a wealth of expertise in agriculture, finance, investment management and development. The WOA team is united in its vision to create real and positive social and environmental change in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt through diversified, regenerative agriculture.

Meet the team

Anthony (Maz) Maslin

Maz is an entrepreneur and social change visionary, driven by bringing new meaning and hope to environmental and community projects.

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Ben Cole

With a PhD in environmental engineering, Ben is a social enterprise expert who has extensive international experience

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Jim Mackintosh

As Managing Director of 4 Returns Projects for shareholder and partner, Commonland, Jim represents Commonland on the WOA Board.

4 Returns Projects is Commonland's project development arm supporting projects in South Africa, Spain and Netherlands. Jim is also a former Director of KPMG’s Deal Advisory Practice.

“WOA is not just a business. We are not solely focused on nature and we have more than purely social goals. We are all of the above and we hope to inspire others to cooperate and work with us to create outcomes on all 4 Returns, for the entire Wheatbelt.”

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Stuart McAlpine

Stuart is a Wheatbelt farmer with 35 years’ experience in agriculture who is committed to the environmental and social restoration of his region.

He was co-founder of the Liebe Group and inaugural President. He instigated the Regional Repopulation Plan with the Wheatbelt’s Dalwallinu Shire and Chaired the Regional Repopulation Advisory Committee.

In 1999, Stuart was Western Australian No-Till farmer of the year and in 2015 he received a Soil Health Champion Award.

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Sam Wright

Sam has extensive experience in relation to public company responsibilities, including ASX and ASIC compliance, control and implementation of corporate

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Kerry Dell’Agostino

Kerry is passionate about ethical food production and unconventional approaches to agriculture both at the small and large scale.

She has education and substantial experience in agriculture, sustainability and international development.

With first-hand experience in declining rural communities and a desire to try to address this through diverse job creation, Kerry was immediately drawn to work for WOA - the Wheatbelt’s first regenerative agriculture company.

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Damien Rigali

Damien is a third generation vegetable grower from Wanneroo in Western Australia.

He began work on his family farm at age 20 after completing a mechanical trade. Damien then worked as maintenance technician, before accepting a position as a farm operator/manager.

Specialising in growing baby leaf lettuce, spinach, rocket and herbs, Damien converted his family’s conventional farming practices to a biological system over three years.

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Emma McInerney

Emma grew up on the family farm and the early days of chasing sheep and circling paddocks on the tractor inspired a future in agriculture.

For over 15 years Emma has worked both in Australia and internationally in agriculture, food security and community development. 

Emma is passionate about addressing food production systems to enable wider discussion and practice of sustainable methods. 

Emma was attracted to WOAs endeavour to create a business case model for regeneration in agricultural landscapes and the connection of customers with food production.  

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Merilyn Elson

Merilyn's background is in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry, where she worked for a family owned food manufacturer for over 30 years. She started as the first R&D Manager for what was then a small bakery, and ended her time there as Senior Marketing Manager for what had become a highly successful bakery supplying both national and international channels. She was motivated by working in a team of passionate professionals towards a common goal and relished the challenges of growing a business in a constantly evolving market.

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Kellie Dagg

Kellie joined Wide Open Agriculture in November 2016 bringing with her a wealth of organisational skills

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Lydia Fee

Lydia has over seven years’ corporate experience and currently holds a position with Straight Lines Consultancy.  She is involved with a number of ASX listed clients where she assists with administration, financial reporting, compliance, corporate governance and marketing.

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