Our Team & Board of Directors.

Our Team

Conor O'Brien
CEO

An agile and transformational leader, with diverse management skills and cross-cultural expertise, acquired whilst living and working in contrasting international environments (including Australia, The Middle East, Asia and Europe).

Conor has been involved with several successful start-up businesses, including environmental companies in Australia, Asia and the Middle East, as well as some innovative niche markets including the Australian communication’s sector, building up Expresscom Business Solutions from its inception in 2000 in South East Queensland, to have a presence across the East Coast of Australia as its Executive Director, and subsequently as the Sales Director and owner of House of Telecommunications (HOT), the exclusive Vodafone Business Partner for the region.

After returning to his true passion of the environment in 2006, Conor was the Founding Director and CEO of Micro-Biologic Pty Ltd, working with probiotic treatments for wastewater, odour control, animal husbandry and large scale waste reuse and composting internationally. Conor generated business through relationships developed whilst living in the Middle east with some of the largest companies in the region, including SABIC (The largest Public Company in Saudi), ARASCO foods and The Arriyadh Development Authority (Saudi Government) and also in Asia, with prestigious companies, including TATA in India.

Conor has studied Marine Biology at James Cook University, Health Science and Microbiology at Griffith University, and has an Executive MBA from Bond University.

Terry Peabody
COO

Terry’s career as CEO and Managing Director includes postings to the USA, Canada and New Zealand, giving him experience in many regulatory environments and in leading diverse workforces.

His roles as Chief Executive Officer at Craggy Range Vineyards for nine years, Managing Director of Transpacific Industries (now Cleanaway) for 15 years and Chief Operating Officer of Orion Bus Industries Limited (Canada) for three years, equips him with a strong skill set in sectors covering Industrial Processing, Export, Agribusiness, Transport and Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM).

Terry’s education in accounting (Queensland University of Technology), combined with his work history, provides him with a strong skill set in strategic growth planning, business development, cost control and forensic accounting. His experience in strategic marketing and sales team leadership will be an asset to the Multikraft team.

Bill Hoare
Chief Innovation Officer

Bill’s diverse experience in agriculture both as a 5th generation farmer and a consultant providing crop nutrition and agronomy advice stretches over 25 years. In 2003 he was awarded the prestigious Australian Young Farmer of the Year and in 2009 completed the Australian Grain Growers Association Leadership program. Throughout his career, Bill has collaborated extensively with leading soil and plant scientists, Landcare and governing bodies, developing solutions to improve productivity and sustainability across a diverse range of agricultural systems.

In 2013, Bill was offered a lucrative position as General Manager of a boutique rice company in Mauritius. The role entailed commercialising an integrated rice operation including production, processing and packaging for export markets.

Whilst in Mauritius, Bill also trialed alternative crops such as corn, chickpea and wheat in collaboration with University of Mauritius and Mauritius Research Council, as well as advisory services to commercial business operations in dairy, sugarcane and horticulture both in Mauritius and Africa with a focus on sustainability and production by empowering locals with knowledge and support.

In 2015, Bill returned to Australia with his wife and 2 children to take up position of Director of Technical Support, Multikraft Probiotics Australia. Bill has a passion for sustainable agriculture, environmental protection and human health/welfare issues in particular emerging economies.

Angela Elliott
Head of Commercial

Committed to creating commercially viable yet meaningful change in the Agricultural sector, Angela has worked across multiple livestock focused industries in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, and China. Angela has extensive experience leading all aspects of large-scale business from supply chain and operations through to commercial, technical, and creative divisions.

Angela is an advocate for innovation that creates safe, wholesome, and sustainable food for generations to come.

Angela has an undergraduate Degree in Science, a post graduate Degree in Organizational Leadership and is currently studying an Executive Master of Business Administration at QUT.

Andrew Kirkwood
General Manager (WA/SA)

Andrew is a transformational leader with a background in rapidly growing companies. He is driven by results, with a passion for differentiation and brand advocacy. He has acted in a broad range of roles, including CEO & MD but has a core background in Leadership and Operations.

Andrew's experience ranges across multiple industries including Entertainment with Quickflix, Fintech with Nimble and also Insurance & HR .

Andrew is strategically minded with a strong people focus and history of successful commercial outcomes. Andrew has an Executive Masters of Business Administration from Bond University.

Shane Cribb
Sales Manager

Shane is an experienced sales leader who has consistently achieved success by leading sales teams and developing a culture where everyone works together to achieve goals. He is focussed on the customer experience, ensuring that the customer and company needs align, which creates clients who can always trust he will deliver the best outcome.

He has worked across multiple industries including wine and liquor, wholesale meat, and the food waste sectors. His experience in developing and implementing successful sales strategies has put him in a great position to lead the sales initiatives at Multikraft Probiotics Australia.

Shane is passionate about the environment always striving to leave the planet in the best possible place for his three children, and all future generations. He believes by following the Multikraft system of sustainable agriculture, we are doing our best to protect the world we all live in.

Scott Reed
Business Development Manager

Scott grew up on the family property just outside Dalby on the Darling Downs, working with cattle, pigs and cropping. From his father’s early adoption of Zero Till, to his role as Manager within the Pork Industries Quality Assurance Program, his use of probiotics in piggeries during the late 1990’s/early 2000’s, and his work with regulatory, and research & development companies, Scott has developed his ability to look ‘outside the norm’ and provide alternatives that support progressive healthier farming systems.

Since leaving the family property Scott stays in contact with his farming roots and is always willing to go that extra mile. Scott gains the most satisfaction listening and working with clients whether it be brainstorming ‘left-field’ ideas or trialling and implementing new systems.

Scott’s in-field experience and understanding of the intensive industries holds him in good stead for taking Multikraft Probiotics to these industries and ensuring a positive experience for all involved.

Michael Madsen
Business Development Manager

Michael is a Brisbane based sales consultant with a passion for Agriculture. Having completed his Bachelor of Agribusiness in 2018, Michael went to work in the agricultural machinery industry at Chesterfield Goondiwindi, selling John Deere machinery and equipment. He thrives on building relationships with farmers and contributing to local and regional communities.

Since then, Michael has traded green tractors for green solutions, recognizing the importance and effectiveness that probiotics can have on the future of Australian farming. Michael believes that with a tailored solution to every farmer, Multikraft can help provide a safer and healthier environment for all Australian producers.

Jilli O'Brien
Compliance Officer & Special Projects

Jilli has developed a high level of customer service skills and attention to detail, working throughout Europe, the Middle East and now Australia.

Managing to combine her passion for travel and people, Jilli left the UK in 2000, initially working in the tourism industry in Spain and Portugal before joining Emirates Airlines in 2004, working quickly up into First Class. The next step was in private aviation in the Middle East, culminating in the pinnacle of this industry, working for the Royal Family on their private jet. In 2011, Jilli moved to Australia and worked at Versace Hotel before taking a role managing the family's very busy Medical Centre until its sale in 2016, before finally joining the Multikraft family in an official capacity in 2017.

Andy Barker
Head of R&D

Currently, Andy is technical director of Barworth Research Ltd and has worked with Multikraft Austria for 10 years as an independent consultant. Apart from his time at Rothamsted Research as a research scientist and project leader, Andy’s past experience includes R&D manager for a large potato growing and packing company; share farming a UK dairy farm; agricultural extension and rural development in the Middle East.

James Philips
Production Manager
Tracy Combe
Executive Assistant to CEO



Our Board of Directors

Morgan O'Brien
Chairman

A well respected General Medical Practitioner with a Bachelor of Medicine from University College Cork, Ireland as well as complimentary specialised qualifications focused on the health industry, Dr. Morgan Augustine O’Brien has owned and operated successful medical centres since 1978 in his home town of the Gold Coast, Australia.

In the 1990s, Chairman O’Brien saw the potential for growth in the microbial field and provided seed capital for probiotic enterprises focused on waste and wastewater remediation initially, ultimately encouraging the pursuit of other microbial applications including soil and gut health and the expansion beyond Australia.

In 2006 Dr Morgan was the co-founder of Micro-Biologic, which developed these microbial technologies in collaboration with Multikraft International for the extreme conditions in the Middle East and Asia. This relationship with Multikraft internationally was the genesis for Multikraft Probiotics Australia and its expansion into the Asia-Pacific region.

Dr Morgan’s medical knowledge and expertise developed over more than 40 years, coupled with his extraordinary work ethic and generous nature are invaluable to the continuing success of Multikraft.

Conor O'Brien
Director

An agile and transformational leader, with diverse management skills and cross-cultural expertise, acquired whilst living and working in contrasting international environments (including Australia, The Middle East, Asia and Europe).

Conor has been involved with several successful start-up businesses, including environmental companies in Australia, Asia and the Middle East, as well as some innovative niche markets including the Australian communication’s sector, building up Expresscom Business Solutions from its inception in 2000 in South East Queensland, to have a presence across the East Coast of Australia as its Executive Director, and subsequently as the Sales Director and owner of House of Telecommunications (HOT), the exclusive Vodafone Business Partner for the region.

After returning to his true passion of the environment in 2006, Conor was the Founding Director and CEO of Micro-Biologic Pty Ltd, working with probiotic treatments for wastewater, odour control, animal husbandry and large scale waste reuse and composting internationally. Conor generated business through relationships developed whilst living in the Middle east with some of the largest companies in the region, including SABIC (The largest Public Company in Saudi), ARASCO foods and The Arriyadh Development Authority (Saudi Government) and also in Asia, with prestigious companies, including TATA in India.

Conor has studied Marine Biology at James Cook University, Health Science and Microbiology at Griffith University, and has an Executive MBA from Bond University.

Lukas Hader
Director

As Chief Executive Officer of Multikraft International and Chief Technical Officer (CTO) for Multikraft Probiotics Australia, Lukas has more than 20 years experience with probiotic microorganisms across more than 25 countries. He is recognised as a leader in this field internationally. His knowledge, experience and expertise are well beyond his years, having successfully grown this family business with it roots in stock feed, to now encompass environmental sustainability and health on a global scale.

His position as Chief Technical Officer of Multikraft Probiotics Australia, gives the business access to worlds-best-practice and the very latest in cutting edge technology and the subsequent advances that this provides across the full environmental spectrum.

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