Greg McNamara was inaugural Chair of OIA Ltd, and was previously Chair of the Australian Organic Industry Working Group (AOIWG). Greg was asked by the AOIWG to be an independent Chair, as he is not associated with any existing organic industry organisation and does not operate an organic business. Greg recently resigned as Chair, but will remain a Director.
Greg is chairman of Norco Co-operative Limited, where he has been a director for 20 years. In partnership with his wife Sue and son Todd, Greg runs a 300 head dairy herd at Goolmangar just outside Lismore. He has extensive experience across the agricultural sector, including dairy, beef, pigs, horticulture and animal genetics.
Greg is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a keenly sought after speaker for industry events and forums. During the 2015/16 year, Greg was a speaker at both the ABARES Outlook Conference and the PEI Agri Investor Forum and also attended the Australia and New Zealand Co-operative Leaders’ Forum.
Greg has recently accepted the role of Chairperson of the Industry Advisory Group (IAG) within the Farm Co-operatives and Collaboration Pilot Program (FCCPP). The FCCPP is an Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper initiative of the Commonwealth Government which encourages farmers to work together to improve farm gate returns by providing advice and resources to farmers and farmer groups looking to establish co-operatives and collaborative business models.