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New directors and chairman for Plant Health Australia 2015

Plant Health Australia (PHA) is pleased to welcome three new directors – Dr Joanne Daly, Robert Prince and Steve McCutcheon – following member endorsement at the 15th Plant Health Australia Annual General Meeting in Canberra on Wednesday 25 November 2015.

Members voted unanimously to accept the recommendations of the PHA Board Selection Committee to appoint the new directors and to reappoint current director Malcolm Finlayson for another four-year term.

The new directors replace outgoing Board members, Dr Tony Gregson, Selwyn Snell and Eoin Wallis.

Retiring director and PHA Chairman, Dr Tony Gregson, thanked the other retiring directors, acknowledging the valuable contribution that they had made during their tenure on the PHA Board. He wished them all the best in their future endeavours.

Dr Gregson also welcomed the new directors and wished them every success in their new role.

Dr Joanne Daly is a CSIRO Fellow who has extensive experience in research, research management and governance in the area of agriculture and biosecurity, and will retire from CSIRO in December 2015. She has a PhD from the Department of Population Biology at the Australian National University, and 35 years of experience as an evolutionary biologist, working in the areas of agricultural and environmental science.

Robert Prince has an in depth understanding of the horticulture industry in Australia and broad experience with vegetable and fruit crops, specialty forestry, urban green infrastructure and the amenity plant market. Robert has a Bachelor of Science degree, and has held senior roles with Yates and Nursery and Garden Industry Australia as Chief Executive Officer, which has given him years of direct experience with incursions managed under the EPPRD and as a member of the National Management Group.

Steve McCutcheon is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Food Standards Australia New Zealand, and will be retiring from this position in January 2016. He has a Bachelor of Economics degree with a major in rural economics from Sydney University, and a Graduate Diploma in Public Law from the Australian National University. From 1980-87, Steve worked in a number of positions in the banking sector related to rural lending. Since then, he has spent nearly 30 years working in the Australian Government Department of Agriculture.

After 15 years as a PHA director and 8 years as its Chairman, Dr Gregson was farewelled and thanked by PHA directors and staff, friends and professional colleagues for his years of service to PHA and the biosecurity system as a whole at a dinner on the evening following his last AGM.

At the first PHA Board meeting following the AGM, Mr Darral Ashton was appointed as the Chairman for the next two years, and Dr Bruce Kefford was appointed as Deputy Chairman.

More detailed biographies and images of the newly appointed directors

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