Mark Greenshields: Principal Partner & General Manager
Mark is the Principal Partner of Monta Flora Agriculture and represents the fifth generation of a continuously operating Australian broadacre farming family. Mark has strong hands-on farm management experience over many years and combines this with his interest in international development evaluation & capacity building; primarily within the MSME sector. He has worked in the USA, China, Malaysia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Lao PDR.
Mark is the author of an industry sponsored publication titled 'Strategic Planning For Farm Businesses' which is catalogued in the National Library of Australia and holds a Master's Degree in Agribusiness from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Applied Anthropology & Participatory Development from the Australian National University.
He places significant value on family heritage and business values believing family businesses regularly display cultural depth, resilience and efficiencies difficult to imitate elsewhere.
Phillip Greenshields: Management Advisor
Phillip is a member of the original Greenshields family which grew up on the family property 'Mimimoora' where he held the role of Managing Director for over 30 years. The company held operations in both semi-arid rangeland as well as higher rainfall cropping and grazing land.
Phillip has substantial experience across numerous farming enterprises including sheep, cattle and broadacre crops. He also has extensive expertise in farm management, which led to diversification into rangeland pastoral country due to the higher returns on investment.
Phillip has been involved at board level within the private education sector for 12 years, working at a strategic planning level taking the early development of new schools through to strong successful organisations.
Phillip is a Life Member of the South Australian Agricultural Bureau.
Chris Cocks: Business Development facilitation & negotiation
Chris practiced Law between 1966 and 2003 as a solicitor and barrister including 8 years as a stipendiary magistrate, commissioner of SA Planning Appeal board and Chairman of SA Water Resources Appeal Tribunal. Chris is a trained and experienced facilitator and mediator in many fields including commercial.
Throughout his period of practicing law Chris always maintained a wide range of interests, relevant to the law, including Foundation Member of the SA Environment Protection Council (adviser to SA Govt), Chairman of the Pitjantjatjara Land Rights Working Party (adviser to SA premier), in-house legal adviser to Motorcycling Australia, Director of Agriventure Global Ltd and board member of Mt Barker Waldorf School.
Chris's responsibilities include facilitating the development of Monta Flora Pastoral, negotiating with key partners, strategic planning and overall legal compliance.
Michael Brougham: Agronomist
Michael was raised on the family farm at Butler Tanks on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia before moving to Adelaide where he gained his Bachelors Degree in Agricultural Science with Honours in Plant Breeding at the University of Adelaide's Waite Agricultural Research Institute. He is a fully competent agronomist with an eye for detail and a strong grasp on the spectrum of agronomic issues facing growers. He has a flair for his work and it is not unusual to see him on his hands and knees scratching around in paddocks after dark on the weekend. Michael makes a solid contribution to the Monta Flora team.
Mark Morris: Finance and Law
After practicing law at a prestigious firm in South Africa, Mark left the legal profession to pursue a career in corporate finance and advisory. While initially based in South Africa and over the past 18 years in Australia, Mark has gained some international experience through representing his employers or clients in various Southern African countries, the United Kingdom, Asia and New Zealand. Mark founded Rogers Morris, a corporate finance and advisory firm in 2003. Mark has long recognized the potential generating above market returns from large scale agricultural enterprises, particularly those embracing new technology proven to reduce operating costs and those producing organic products. Mark accordingly brings a broad range of skills and experience to Monta Flora as well as an enthusiasm for its business endeavours.
Carel Haasbroek: Strategic development
Carel represents the seventh generation of a South African family dynasty based in Vryburg on the fringe of the Kalahari region. Carel is a 25% stakeholder in the core family business of beef cattle production with subsidiaries in the transport and property development sectors. He also owns a 10% share in a crocodile farm. Carel has a strong entrepreneurial flair enabling him to see opportunities which others might miss; coupled with an outstanding network which enables him to add considerable value to Monta Flora Agriculture. Carel has a keen interest in life coaching and is currently extending his expertise into the corporate life coaching sphere.
Charl Saunderson: Dorper specialist
Charl is a fourth generation sheep farmer on Nooitgedacht, a property in the Karoo region of South Africa that has a long term average rainfall of just 132 mm and experiences temperatures varying from 42° Celsius in summer to -5° Celsius in winter. He has run a commercial Dorper flock on the property since 1985 and established a Dorper Stud in 2006. Charl won the 'Best Sheep Farmer in South Africa' award for 2011. In addition to his sheep farming activities Charl in 2002 established a financial advisory practice that was a finalist in the South African Best Practice of the Year awards for 2007, and since 2010 developed and continues to conduct courses on optimal farming practices.
Libby Greenshields: Administration
Libby represents the fifth generation of Monta Flora's original farming family and is committed to the future prosperity of the family business. She oversees the office administration but is equally at home out in the paddock helping with everything from repairing fences to operating state of the art equipment.
Libby is a co-founder and foundational board chairperson of a highly successful R-12 private school located in regional South Australia. Originally trained in the medical sector, she holds a Certificate IV in Business and is a great encourager to the whole Monta Flora team.
Libby’s responsibilities include strategy and business development, ethics compliance and facilitating the development of the administration platform for Monta Flora Pastoral.