Dr Chris Parker has been appointed the permanent CEO of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Luke Hartsuyker, announced the appointment, following a comprehensive, merit-based recruitment process.
“Dr Parker is a demonstrated leader who brings a wealth of experience, deep industry engagement and proven credibility with government and APVMA stakeholders to this role,” Minister Hartsuyker said.
“He has been able to achieve a significant amount during his short time acting as interim CEO, and I look forward to him progressing this work.
“Dr Parker is putting in place measures to improve APVMA’s performance, which will result in improved access to agricultural and veterinary chemicals for Australia’s farmers.
“Dr Parker will provide new leadership and ideas for Australia’s agricultural and veterinary chemical regulator.
“He will continue his work delivering the relocation of the APVMA to Armidale, helping build a Centre of Agricultural Excellence at the University of New England.
“This will deliver new jobs to the region, increase the availability of skilled employees, and increase the diversity and resilience of the region’s economy.”
Source: Australian Government