OUR TRAINERS AND AUDITORS
Supporting participating landholders is at the core of the ALM Group approach. We don't just give landholders a workbook and leave them to it. Accredited trainers using customised software support landholders through development and implementation workshops. Our trainers develop close relationships with the groups they work with and are on hand to provide support and answer questions.
“What I liked about the ALM Group approach is that after completing the workshops we ended up with an action plan for our farm rather than a lot of work to do to develop a plan.” ALM Group landholderIndependent auditors make sure that action plans comply with ALM Group requirements. All auditors are trained and have to meet eligibility criteria, including relevant agricultural and environmental management experience.
Michael GrosserMichael Grosser has been involved with the ALM Group since 2003 doing a whole range of activities including; designing and developing the myEMS software, designing the ALM Group auditing systems and materials, training ALM Group auditors and trainers, as well as running ALM Group workshops and undertaking ALM Group member audits across the country. Michael has had hands-on experience in designing and implementing an EMS on his family property in northern NSW and has a commercial focus to environmental management activities having had 20 years experience in running small to medium sized businesses.
Bryan Johnston has over 40 years experience in agriculture and public and private sector management. Bryan worked with NSW Agriculture as a Beef Cattle Advisory Officer in the Lower Hunter (Maitland) and North West (Narrabri) regions of NSW, and specialised in livestock handling and transport as well as beef cattle and feedlot management. He held program leader management roles in Grain Fed Beef and Beef Products and represented the NSW Feedlot Advisory Council on the inaugural Feedlot Industry Accreditation Committee.
In 1997 Bryan became General Manager of the Murray Grey Beef Cattle Society and was responsible for breed research, development and marketing and supervised society publicity and promotion. He instigated a beef alliance with 'Nature's Beef' and was an executive member of the Australian Registered Cattle Breeders Association. Bryan currently works as a consultant providing Cattle and Beef Management Services in breeding programs, grazing management, livestock handling systems, staff training in feedlots and environmental management systems.
Darren MarshallDarren Marshall is a specialist in landscape scale environmental management and environmental management systems. Darren is currently the Feral Animal and Weed Management Regional Coordinator with the Queensland Murray-Darling Committee, an organisation he joined in 2005 as a Property Planning Officer. He is also the ALM Group principle Trainer/Auditor. Darren has also worked with Inglewood Shire Landcare, (the then) Queensland Department of Natural Resources, the Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Australian Army.
His qualifications include: Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Resource Management) 1997 – Southern Cross University; Advanced Diploma (Conservation Land Management); Environmental Quality Management and Auditing Supplier Quality from Diploma of Quality Management; and a Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training. Darren has been a Principal Trainer/Auditor with the ALM Group since late 2005.
Ian PerkinsIan Perkins grew up on a sheep and cattle property near Dirranbandi in southwest Queensland. He has a Master’s degree in Veterinary Science. Having worked as a livestock and resource management consultant throughout Australia and in a number of developing countries, Ian has experience in a wide variety of aspects of livestock and resource management in temperate, arid and tropical conditions in Australia and overseas. In particular, he has been involved in the Australian cattle and sheep industries as owner/manager, researcher and consultant. Ian has been involved in land use planning and resource management and research, community consultation, group co-ordination and workshop facilitation. He has a deep commitment to the development of sustainable resource use systems.
Ian is currently managing a family-owned organic beef cattle property in northern NSW and works as a resource use consultant. Clients include pastoralists, farmers, mining companies, conservation companies, indigenous communities, research organisations, industry bodies, local governments and rural communities.
Julia TelfordJulia Telford lives and works in Goondiwindi, Queensland. She runs her own business, Engage & Create Consulting, focusing on projects that can deliver great outcomes for community, across both natural resource management and social and community capacity. She works with small and large business, government agencies, community groups and individuals, and believes in encouraging skilled, dedicated, hard-working and innovative people to prosper.
Julia is a board member of YWCA Queensland, a member of the Future Farmers Network, is involved with the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women's Network, and has recently completed the Queensland Leadership Program run by the Benevolent Society and Social Leadership Australia. She is particularly interested in how regional and rural communities are able to remain vibrant welcoming communities, as well as being innovative during difficult times. She has been involved in many community groups and in local council planning, and sees agriculture as a driver in how rural communities can remain viable.
Julia has been involved with the ALM Group for many years, and is looking forward to this new role as part of the board.
"I have been linked with the ALM Group in one way or another for about 7 years now, and jumped at the chance to be involved at the board level. I have always been inspired by what the organisation is doing, and the vision that they have had from the outset in terms of how land managers could and should be recognised for great environmental work. I am very much looking forward to being part of this in the future".
Julia grew up on her family farm in western Queensland, and while she loves to travel and has done so extensively, rural and regional Queensland will always be where she makes her home.