Lorraine is the Founder and Director of the National Regenerative Agriculture Alliance. As Director of Strategic Projects at Southern Cross University, Lorraine acts as a conduit between industry and research, delivering regenerative agriculture solutions nationally with a focus on mitigating the effects of climate change. She was the instigator and co-designer of the Bachelor of Science in Regenerative Agriculture – the only degree of its kind in the world and now the largest agricultural degree in the country.
She has assisted over 28,500 farmers, fishers and foresters around the country to progress collaborative projects including establishing Cooperatives which will benefit their various industries as Director of the Commonwealth Government’s Farming Together Program. Lorraine was awarded the 2018 Rural Community Leader of the Year for Australia for her work with farmers, the 2019 Australian Financial Review Award and the 2019 BHERT Higher Education Engagement Award. She was also a finalist in the 2020 Australian of the Year Award.
Lorraine is also a registered carbon farmer and holistic beef cattle trader at Ebor in the New England Tablelands of NSW. She is also Director of Moffat Falls Pty Ltd which operates a number of successful tourism businesses in the New England Tablelands and Mid North Coast regions of Northern 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.
A Graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program and previous NSW ABC Rural Woman of the Year Lorraine is currently completing her PhD in Ecological Economics through UNE, looking at a triple bottom line comparisons and resilience between regenerative and conventional grazing systems.