Lorraine Gordon

Lorraine Gordon

Lorraine Gordon

Lorraine is the Director of Strategic Projects at Southern Cross University, Associate Director of the University’s Centre for Organic Research, and is the founder of the Regenerative Agriculture Alliance also based at Southern Cross University. Lorraine acts as a conduit between industry and research, delivering sustainable and regenerative agriculture solutions nationally.

As Director of the Commonwealth Government’s Farming Together Program she assisted over 28,500 farmers, fishers and foresters around the country to progress collaborative projects, and establish collaborations and co-operatives to benefit their various industries. Lorraine was awarded the 2018 Rural Community Leader of the Year for Australia for her work with farmers.

In September 2019 the Farming Together Program won the coveted AFR Higher Education Award for Industry Engagement, and the BHERT (Business Higher Education Round Table) Outstanding Collaboration in Community Engagement Award. The Program is also a finalist for the Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award, part of the 2019 NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards, to be announced on 8 November.

Lorraine is a beef cattle trader at Ebor in the New England Tablelands of NSW, turning off up to 1,000 steers per annum, and is Director of Moffat Falls Pty Ltd and Yaraandoo, which operates a number of successful tourism, agricultural, and health businesses in both the New England and North Coast Regions of NSW.

Previous positions have included CEO of Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast, Regional Agribusiness Manager with Westpac Bank, Director of the Graduate Network of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, and Executive Director of Economic Security for Women. Lorraine has also presided on the Small Business Review Panel of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Lorraine is a Graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program, and a previous NSW ABC Rural Woman of the Year,and is currently completing her PhD in Ecological Economics through UNE.