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

Founder and Chairman

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

Managing Director

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

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Stuart McAlpine

Non-Executive Director

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

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Sam Wright

Company Secretary

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

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Merilyn Elson

Marketing Operations Manager

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.

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Kellie Dagg

Corporate Development Manager

Kel joined Wide Open Agriculture in 2016 bringing with her a wealth of organisational skills.

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Lydia Fee

Joint Company Secretary

Lydia has over seven years’ corporate experience and currently holds a position with Straight Lines Consultancy.

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Hans Schut

Non-Executive Director

Hans has a strong investment background and was Managing Director of Triodos Investment Management.


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Tim Whyte

Commercial Manager

Tim has a passion for food and a family history in broadacre farming, so the ability to combine these two interests makes WOA an exciting place to work. 

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Lachy Ritchie

Farmland Portfolio Manager

Lachy grew up farming, has cofounded four start-ups and has worked on regenerative agriculture projects with some of Australia's leading impact investors.


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Jay Albany

Business Development Manager

Jay has spent his career building better networks to access quality food, and is keen to build a new channel that connects consumers to regenerative farmers in WA.

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