Marcus C. Blackmore AM
Marcus Blackmore was born in Queensland in 1945, received his high school education at Church of England Grammar School in Brisbane, and later gained a Naturopathic Diploma from the NSW College of Naturopathic Sciences
For many years, Marcus has been involved with many charitable and business organisations and has received many awards for his contribution to industry and the community. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1998 and an Honorary Doctor of Southern Cross University in 2006.
Marcus started his life on the water as a deckhand and casual Master for Hayles Cruises in Brisbane in the late 60’s. He has had an extensive sailing career including 13 Sydney-Hobart Races and is a past Australian Farr 40 champion.
1969-1971 Australian Army R.A.E. Rank 2nd Lieutenant with service in Vietnam.
Marcus is currently the Chairman of Blackmores Ltd, a public company employing over 540 people in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. The company markets the premium brand of vitamin and herbal products under the ‘Blackmores’ label and is widely recognised for its ethical practices and its treatment of staff.
Marcus also holds the following positions:
- Director (and Past Chairman), Young Endeavour Youth Scheme
- Honorary Trustee, CEDA (Committee for the Economic Development of Australia)
- Vice Chair, Defence Reserves Support Council
- Chairman and Board Member of the Heart Research Institute
- Chairman and Board Member of the Southern Cross University Foundation
- Director of the Australian National Maritime Museum
- Member, Maritime Ministerial Advisory Committee to the NSW Government
- Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) (1998) – for service to business, industry and the community
- National Australia Day Council Citizen of the Year for community service in 1994.
- NFAA ‘Lady Cilento Award’ for contribution to industry, 1981
- NSW Government Premiers Award 1990 for community service
- RiverCare 2000 Gold Award in 1995 by NSW Department of Land and Water Conservation
- Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club of Manly.
- Honorary Doctor of Southern Cross University, 2006 – for distinguished leadership in the complementary medicines industry in Australia.
- Inducted into ATMS Hall of Fame in September 2011.
Yacht Racing and Cruising