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. He served from 1969-1971 in the Australian Army with service in Vietnam. Marcus is also a member of Harvard Business School Alumni. His recreational interests are yacht racing and flying and he holds a private helicopter licence.
Marcus is currently the Chairman of Blackmores Ltd, a public company employing over 900 people in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. The company markets the premium brand of vitamin and herbal products under the ‘Blackmores’ and ‘BioCeuticals’ labels and is widely recognised for its ethical practices and its treatment of staff.
Marcus also holds the following positions :
Chair of the Defence Reserves Support Council
Director of the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme
Honorary Trustee, CEDA (Committee for the Economic Development of Australia)
Former positions held :
Chairman, Heart Research Institute
Chairman, Southern Cross University Foundation
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
Australian Traditional Medicine Society Hall of Fame, 2011
Honorary Fellow, Heart Research Institute, 2014
The BrandLaureate Brand Leadership Award, Nutraceutical Man of the Year, Malaysia 2015
Australia New Zealand Regional YPO Hall of Fame 2015