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South Australian farmer and businesswoman, Tammy joined NCO as General Manager in 2018 overseeing the certification and inspection services.
Tammy has a Bachelor of Environmental Science, and has worked on stud and commercial cattle, export feedlot, and cropping enterprises across a diverse range of regions, from South to North Western Australia and the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia.
Since moving to SA, Tammy has predominately been in the medical management field. She has been responsible for the strategic growth and financial management of the medical group she has worked for, growing the business from a single practice to a group comprising four clinics.
Tammy’s focus at NCO is to better understand the needs of operators and, where possible, streamline processes and reduce any unnecessary red tape while improving service offerings.
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A highly experienced natural resource management and environmental administrator, Melanie is NCO’s Certification Manager returning to NCO in January 2018 after 12 years in public service.
Melanie has held key positions with the South Australian Government’s Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources since 2013, including most recently as Coordinator of Business Administration and Reporting. She previously worked as a Senior Land Management Advisor for the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resource Management Board for 8 years following her role as Certification Officer/Auditor for NASAA from 1999 to 2005. She was also Secretary of the NASAA Inspection Review Committee.
Melanie holds a Master of Environmental Management from the University of New England.
+61 8 7231 7700
Overseeing the accreditation and quality assurance programs for NASAA Certified Organic, Frances plays a key role in maintaining the rigorous NASAA Organic and Biodynamic Standard and the expectations of numerous international equivalency agreements.
A former cattle producer who currently runs her own bio-dynamic horticulture enterprise in Victoria’s Yarra Ranges, Frances has worked extensively in the biodynamic agricultural industry for over 25 years.
From 1992, she was a member of the National Standard for Organic and Bio-Dynamic Produce Standards Committee, including acting as Committee Chair from 2005 to 2009.
Frances is a graduate of the University of New England where she gained her Bachelor of Rural Science with First Class Honours. She also has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Nicola (Nick) Magarelli
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Nicola has a strong background in the fields of Food Processing Technology, analytical chemistry, agricultural, mining and certification production.
He holds a Master’s degree in Applied Science from University of Falcon and a Bachelor in Chemistry from the Alonso Gamero Technological University.
From 1994 he worked as an Associate University Professor in his native homeland of Venezuela, where his passion for helping farmers was instrumental in setting up projects to assist farmers achieve the steps required for organic certification. He also conducted several researches related to Aloe Vera, Agave Cocuy, organic essential oils, soil remediation and subtropical pharmaceutical applications
With a commitment to professional excellence, his efforts have been recognized with more than 5 special prizes and awards, including best University Researcher, University Professor and as better support for special forces to combat smuggling and protection of minors.
Certified IRCA Auditor & co-owned an organic store dedicated to providing good, clean organic food to customers. Leaving Venezuela, he has held key positions as Production Engineer and Technical Consultant in the Middle East before settling with his family in Australia.
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Leading food technologist, Paul is one of NCO’s most experienced certification staff members with extensive experience across a range of commodities and an excellent understanding of the organic standards in addition to USDA NOP, JAS technical criteria.
He joined NCO in 2013 following technical roles in organisations spanning flour milling, fruit and vegetable processing, meat processing, beverages (juice, water, soft drinks and beer), snack foods and bakery and dairy processing.
From 1993 to 2001, he worked for Dairy Farmers in South Australia in a number of roles gaining firsthand experience of the industry and the stringent technical aspects of modern milk processing including organic products.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Food Science and Technology from the University of Adelaide and a Certificate III in Food Processing (General Foods). He also is trained in HACCP Principles and Applications, JAS and NOP Standards.
He has a particular interest in organic dairy, wine, meat processing, horticultural and aquaculture certification.
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Nairobi born and bred, Wambui Gikenye is an experienced compliance and quality assurance professional with strong administration skills.
She has a broad background in agriculture horticulture including a Kenyan-based global floriculture supply chain in quality, compliance and social justice issues, as well as a Fairtrade FLO-Cert Auditor for Oceania.
Wambui holds a Bachelor of Science (Horticulture) from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and a Master of Sustainability and a Master of Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Adelaide.
Certification Officer & International Projects Officer
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Since 2016, Carolin has brought extensive knowledge to NCO, with an emphasis on grower group certification and is your go-to for any grower group-related questions. In addition, she has facilitated grower group training in the Pacific – hosting sessions in Tonga and Papa New Guinea.
Currently, Carolin is one of the three guest conveners for INOFO OCEANIA (IFOAM group – Inter-continental Organic Farmer Organisation), representing Papua New Guinea and Australia.
Before NCO, for more than 15 years, Carolin has worked on capacity building in natural resource management across Western Africa, Israel, India and the Philippines. Among others, Carolin was working in organic farmer-based research at FiBL Research Institute for Organic Agriculture, the University of Hohenheim, and the International Water Management Institute Ghana.
Over the years, she published several publications for grower group certification and organic research. Carolin holds an Engineering Master for Water Management and a Master of Environmental and Resource Management.
Outside of NCO, Carolin is the Implementation partner for Group Integrity Oceania Pacifika – a database system for grower group management.
Certification Support Officer
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Haruyo is NCO’s specialist in the Japanese Agricultural Standard and supports operators to gain access to the valuable Japanese market where demand for organic produce continues to grow exponentially. She also helps to guide operators through the certification application process.
Since 2009, Haruyo has liaised closely with the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) to ensure that NCO complies with the JAS accredited Certifying Body, including any changes in JAS Standards and regulations. She fulfils the role of Organic Produce Certificate and explains requirements to be met by NCO operators wanting to export produce and products to Japan. She also provides support for inspection preparation and report processing.
Haruyo holds a Master of Arts (Economics) from the University of British Columbia, Canada and a Bachelor of Arts (Economics), Kanazawa University, Japan.
She also works as a NAATI qualified interpreter.
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As our Inspections Coordinator, Alka manages the inspections for over 1300 operators, including initial and annual site visits – playing a vital role in the certification process.
With a background in banking, working in India, the Middle East, and Hong Kong, Alka was yearning to work in the sustainability sector after studying a permaculture design course with NCO Certified operator, The Food Forest, in 2019.
Alka is new to South Australia, moving in March 2021 and currently resides in the Adelaide Hills.
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As our newest certification officer, Kalinya audits inspection reports and makes certification decisions based on the NASAA Organic & Biodynamic Standard, the National Standard for Organic and Bio-Dynamic Produce, and international standards.
Kalinya holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of Adelaide, majoring in genetics and botany. Her honours thesis focused on non-coding RNAs in plants.
Kalinya has worked as a research assistant for the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics and at the University of Adelaide School of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences, working with broadacre cropping species. With a strong interest in horticulture, sustainable agriculture, soil science and urban agriculture, Kalinya was naturally drawn to her current role at NCO.
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Nyssa plays an integral role as our Exports Coordinator, processing export certificates and reporting.
Holding a Bachelor of Environmental Science in Biodiversity and Conservation from Flinders University, Nyssa is passionate about the environmental sector, particularly soil health, biodiversity, and animal welfare.
She has previously worked for the South Australian Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and Viterra.
Nyssa job shares with Oliver and currently works Mondays, Tuesdays, and fortnightly on Wednesdays.
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Oliver plays an integral part in the NCO team coordinating Export Certificates to assure organic certification of products to importing countries.
He holds a Bachelor of International Relations from the University of Adelaide and has spent the last two years teaching English in China and Taiwan.
He is currently learning Mandarin and has been teaching himself since returning from overseas.
Reception and Sales Support Officer
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Melissa is the first point of call when you’re new to certification! She provides administrative, financial and sales support to the NCO team.
Previously an NCO certified grape growing operator in McLaren Vale with her husband, Melissa wanted to remain in the organics industry when her family moved to the Adelaide Hills.
Melissa job shares with Colette two days a week, working in her family business and looking after her two boys when she’s not in the office.
Reception and Sales Support Officer
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Colette is the first point of contact when you’re new to certification! Sharing the role with Melissa, Colette works three days a week, managing the NASAA Certified Organic reception – providing administrative, financial and sales support to the team.
Growing up in the state’s mid-north, Colette has an appreciation for farming and country living. She has a strong background in sales and administrative roles, working for Thermo Fisher Scientific for the past thirteen years.
Since becoming a mum, her interest in the organic sector has become stronger. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family.