NCO Board is made up of five directors

The board is collectively responsible for promoting the success of the Company by directing and supervising the Company's affairs.

  • provides entrepreneurial leadership of the Company within a framework of prudent and effective controls which enable risk to be assessed and managed
  • sets the Company's strategic aims
  • ensures that the necessary financial and human resources are in place for the Company to meet its objectives
  • reviews management performance
  • sets the Company's values and standards
  • ensures that its obligations to its stakeholders and others are understood and met.

Jan Denham


Jan was an inaugural director of NCO serving on the Board from 2009 - 2010. In 2012 Jan returned to the NCO Board and has served as Chair since that time.
Jan has been involved in accreditation and certification requirements, procedures and processes for NCO and previously NASAA for the past 20 years.
She was also involved in the development of the National Standards for Organic in the mid-1990s; the Australian Standard for Organic and Biodynamic products (AS 6000) in 2009, as well as currently chairing the NASAA Standards Committee which oversees revisions of the NASAA Organic Standard. Jan also brings corporate governance and financial skills to the NCO Board.
Jan and her partner operate Karra Organic Farm which has been certified by NASAA/NCO for 26 years.

Glenn Schaube

Deputy Chair

Glenn is the founder and director of GRS Communications, a boutique public relations and marketing communications agency operating from Melbourne since 2002.
Glenn has 30 years experience in his area of expertise working with commercial and not-for-profit organisations at the local community, state, federal and international levels. This is enhanced by his involvement in the agribusiness, resource management and environment sectors that includes Pivot, AWB, GMW and GWMW.
Glenn holds a BA Management Communications, Deakin University, with majors in Economics, Public Relations and Communications and a minor in Politics. He also completed a Certificate of Horticulture, Burnley Horticultural College and worked in horticulture for several years. Glenn served on the Executive Committee for ORGAA (Organic Retailers and Growers Association Australia) prior the merge into NASAA.
He has served on the NASAA and NCO boards since 2013.

Phil Rowe


Phil has developed a small but diverse mixed horticulture family business in West Gippsland, Victoria, since 1980, based on permaculture principles, specialising in fresh Rubus berries and on-farm processing, and with Organic Certification since 1988. Phil also has longstanding active participation in the development of Organic Agriculture Certification Standards, serving as NASAA’s Certification Review Committee Chair for 14 years, and on the Board of NASAA and NCO.
Phil is President of the peak industry body Raspberries and Blackberries Australia Inc., having been a founding Committee member since its establishment in 1983. He has been engaged with variety development, international variety licensing and commercialisation, and industry biosecurity planning.
Prior to farming, Phil undertook soil microbiological survey research for several years after the completion of a Bachelor of Science.

Laurie Galpin


Laurie Galpin is a positive, energetic person. People matter to Laurie; he takes an interest in what they do, how they run their businesses and their perspective on life. Laurie also has a great interest in agriculture and the country.
Laurie has a rich and varied life experience which enables him to relate to people from many different backgrounds. Taking a practical and commonsense approach to the needs of his clients, he has a natural ability to break down complex matters, identifying and communicating the important issues.
Since establishing the "Galpins" Stirling office in 2002, Laurie has developed a broad local client base, providing support and advice to clients in the areas of horticulture, building and other trades, professionals, farming, information technology and a range of other small business enterprises.
Laurie holds a BA in Accountancy from UniSA, is a Registered Tax Agent and Fellow of the CPA
Having a keen interest in Asian culture, Laurie is a black belt in two traditional forms of karate. He is actively involved in his community and is a familiar sight in the business district of Stirling, where he regularly sees clients and friends on his daily walks.

Judy Goode


Judy is a well-credentialed environmental advocate who brings to NASAA 17 years’ experience in strategic planning, policy development and project management in natural resources management, water resource management and Aboriginal partnership and engagement. Judy has been a key adviser to the SA government and the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, Strategic Programs Review and The Living Murray Initiative. She is an inaugural member of the MDBA Strategic Thinkers Group, which provides strategic and policy advice on implementation of the Basin Plan.

Judy has previously project managed strategy and policy development for the National Environmental Protection Measures on the assessment of site contamination, and ambient air quality standards. Judy has also developed State policy frameworks for SA River Murray salinity management and environmental flows, the use of Aboriginal interpreters and translators in remote and regional communities, Aboriginal partnerships in NRM, levee bank management, and environmental water allocations.

She has chaired and/or served on numerous federal,state, regional and local NRM boards and committees.