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Clive is an experienced senior executive with a strong background in science and research who has lead organisational divisions of up to 1,200 scientific and technical staff. Hallmarks of his career include collaboration with industry and the private sector, setting up joint ventures and partnerships, intellectual property management, organisational strategy, thought leadership, change management and capability development.

Clive's roles have encompassed wide responsibilities for the design and implementation of organisational investment, evaluation and reporting frameworks and for strategies for RD&E and technology delivery for the agriculture and natural resource management sectors. His deep understanding of national agriculture RD&E, combined with his leadership and understanding of innovative systems, has resulted in state and organisational representation in leadership and senior management roles on a range of national, industry sector and cross government governance committees.

Clive's exceptional leadership skills have been recognized and utilized outside of his core areas of expertise, in emergency management and as a member and chairman of various boards of management. He is also an experienced company director.

In the 2013 Australia Day Honours, Clive was awarded a Public Service Medal for "outstanding public service and leadership in science policy, innovation, collaboration and governance at state and national levels".

Martin moved from the UK to Australia in 1977. He worked as a research scientist with CSIRO in Adelaide and Mildura for over 11 years in horticultural tissue culture and plant virology; in 1989, moving to Adelaide as R&D/Commercialisation Manager with Phytotech Pty Ltd, before joining the Department of Primary Industries in Melbourne in 1992 as Principal Scientist Plant Biology.

During 21 years with DPI, Martin has undertaken a broad range of executive science management roles, including plant industries research programs, research institute management, RD&E investment strategy for the grains, meat, horticulture, wool, and dairy sectors, and DPI’s research policy for the development of the national horticulture, plant and animal biosecurity RD&E strategies under the Primary Industries Standing Committee National RD&E Framework. In 2011, Martin decided to semi-retire and moved to a part-time role as the Director Science Innovation in the DPI Office of Science, Technology and Commercialisation focussing on national activities in horticulture and biosecurity, particularly associated with the National RD&E Framework.

Martin has participated in many state and federal boards and committees, including the CRC for Viticulture, Dried Fruits Research Council, Australian Biosecurity Intelligence Network, National Horticultural Research Network, CSIRO Biosecurity Flagship Advisory Committee, and as the Chair of the CRC National Plant Biosecurity Participants Committee prior to joining the Board.

Bruce is an experienced strategic leader with an in-depth knowledge of the food and agriculture sectors and the drivers of industry performance. He has extensive experience at policy, governance and operational levels in RD&E, biosecurity and natural disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

Until July 2013, Bruce was in the role of Deputy Secretary with the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (Victoria). He has a BSc (Hons) and a PhD in Microbiology from the University of New South Wales.

Bruce is passionate about the application of science, policy and regulation in collaboration with industry, to improve industry sustainability and competitiveness. Bruce was awarded the Public Service Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2011 for "outstanding public service and leadership in science and public administration associated with the primary industries sector".

Until July 2013, Bruce was in the role of Deputy Secretary with the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (Victoria). He has a BSc (Hons) and a PhD in Microbiology from the University of New South Wales. Bruce has extensive experience in joint ventures, government and boards. A strategic leader with in-depth knowledge and experience of the primary industry sector, with a strong leadership profile and international recognition as a thought leader in his field.

Hugh is a veterinarian who has worked extensively in the public sector for over 35 years in areas including veterinary public health, animal health and disease control, animal welfare, and biosecurity management in the plant health and invasive pests sectors. Hugh is a former Chief Veterinary Officer for the State of Victoria serving in that role for 12 years, and until recently was the Executive Director for Biosecurity Victoria, the key government agency in Victoria responsible for policy and programs for animal biosecurity and welfare, plant biosecurity, invasive plants and pest animal management, and control of use of agricultural and veterinary chemicals. Hugh is a member, by examination, of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists, Epidemiology Chapter. Hugh was awarded a Public Service Medal in the 2011 Australia Day Honors, for 'outstanding public service to the livestock industries and general public as Chief Veterinary Officer Victoria'.

Key skills and experience in:

  • Biosecurity emergency management
  • Animal health and welfare policy and program development
  • Strategic management of biosecurity across animal and plant sectors
  • Strategic planning for biosecurity across government
  • Stakeholder engagement, with wide networks particularly within livestock industries Development and implementation of strategic surveillance programs in the livestock sector

Ron is an experienced leader with expertise directing large multi-disciplinary R&D groups and leading research collaborations between industry, universities and government.

Specialising in agriculture R&D, food production, product development, commercialisation and service delivery, Ron’s extensive knowledge and networks are in the Primary Industry sector in dairy, red meat, grains and horticulture sectors. Ron has a track record in building trusted partnerships between research and development providers, industry and Government.

Ron’s career commenced in scientific research in New Zealand and grew to include senior, strategic leadership and management roles. Most recently, Ron was Executive Director at the Dept. of Environment and Primary Industries – Agriculture Research Division, leading more than 250 staff.

In addition to science qualifications Ron has qualifications in Business Administration, and is an experienced Company Director with board membership of collaborative partnerships between Government, Universities and Research and Development Corporations,