Having come from a sugar cane and beef cattle family in far north Queensland, Mark has come a long way on his journey to the top job at Elders. His rise was helped by the passion for agriculture embedded in his genetic makeup, and a lengthy history of agribusiness experience.
After first completing an Agriculture Science Degree (UQ), followed by a Graduate Diploma of Management at CQUniversity, Mark went on to establish a 30-year career in the industry, starting as a research agronomist in the Darling Downs/Lockyer Valley horticultural region before running a suite of agribusinesses, serving as Managing Director of CropCare Australasia, Wesfarmers CSBP, Wesfarmers Landmark, Farmoz, Incitec and Grain Growers Limited. He then joined the Elders family as a Non-Executive Director.
In addition to his agribusiness executive career he has held numerous non-executive director roles in private, government and industry organisations. These appointments include former Director on the Grains and Legume Nutrition Council, former Chairman of Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority, CropLife Pty Ltd and Agsafe Pty Ltd.
Mark Allison is currently the MD and CEO of Elders Limited. Previously Mark held the position of Executive Chairman and Chairman.