Staff

Matthew Cossey

Chief Executive Officer

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Matthew Cossey commenced as Chief Executive Officer of CropLife Australia in January 2011. He leads the organisation’s strategic management and advocacy on crop protection, agricultural biotechnology and industry stewardship in Australia.

Prior to joining CropLife, he served as a senior executive and a member of the Executive Leadership Team for one of Australia’s leading defence and technology companies, Raytheon Australia.

Before entering the private sector, Matthew was a senior official and campaign director for a major political party in the ACT, a position he held for more than six years. He was Chief of Staff and Defence Adviser to the then Shadow Minister for Defence from 1998 to 2002 and before that worked as political adviser in the Senate for three years.

Matthew worked in several positions in the Commonwealth public service prior to taking up his positions at Parliament House and undertook his tertiary studies in Canberra and Sydney. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia and previously served as a Director on the Board of AFL Canberra for four years and the CLC Group Board for seven years.

Nick Langley

Chief Financial Officer | Company Secretary

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Nick Langley joined CropLife Australia in January 2019 bringing with him a wealth of experience and expertise in financial and corporate governance matters. Nick has worked at senior management levels for over twenty years with an emphasis on the financial and systems management of organisations as well as governance.

His previous role was with the Australia Property Institute based in Canberra where he was the Chief Operations Officer and Company Secretary for over three years. Prior to this he worked for Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre for almost eight years where he was the Chief Operations Officer and Company Secretary.

Before relocating to Canberra, Nick spent over 13 years in the central west NSW town of Forbes working for a variety of agribusiness organisations including wool brokers, grain traders and an export meat-works.

Nick is responsible for the professional administration of CropLife’s financial management services, as well as those of a number of aligned entities to whom CropLife provides such services. As CropLife’s Company Secretary, Nick ensures the application of best corporate governance frameworks and processes across CropLife’s administration and operations.

Gary Robb

General Counsel

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Gary Robb joined CropLife Australia as General Counsel in June 2014, bringing almost 4 decades of experience and expertise in the law.

Prior to joining CropLife, Gary was a Canberra solicitor in private practice for more than 35 years. After founding Gary Robb and Associates in the early 1980s. Gary became State Practice Group Leader of the Canberra office of Slater & Gordon after they acquired his practice in 2008. In 2011, he was appointed Managing Director of Dixon Advisory Law Canberra, where he worked with until joining CropLife. Although he has practiced mainly in the litigation area, Gary has experience in most areas of the law, in particular corporate governance and commercial disputes. Gary is also a nationally accredited mediator.

A passionate North Melbourne supporter, Gary has been actively involved in the local AFL scene as a player, coach, administrator and sponsor for the past 45 years.

Katherine Delbridge

Director - Corporate Affairs

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Katherine joined CropLife in August 2018 bringing with her significant experience across corporate communication and advocacy fields both within Australian and internationally.

Katherine is responsible for CropLife’s external and internal strategic communications, government relations, media engagement, stakeholder engagement and the development and management of analytical content, events and new media tools. Katherine also supports the Chief Executive Officer in development and delivery of research, policy and public information in support of CropLife’s focus.

Prior to joining CropLife, Katherine held the position of Director of Communications with National Disability Services, the peak industry body for service providers in that sector. Prior to this position, Katherine was the Operations Manager for the Every Australian Counts campaign which secured the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Australia’s biggest social reform since Medicare. On an international stage, Katherine held the positional of General Secretary for Workability International.

Katherine holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communications) from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Dr Anne-Sophie Dielen

Director - Crop Biotechnology Policy

Anne-Sophie joined CropLife in March 2019, bringing an in-depth knowledge of Australia’s gene technology regulatory system.

Anne-Sophie represents the interests of CropLife and its members in the development of effective public policy and regulation of crop biotechnology and genetically modified crops.

Prior to joining CropLife, Anne-Sophie was the Head of Science Communication for the John Curtin Medical School at the Australian National University and Chair of the National Science Week committee for the ACT.

She has served as an evaluator for the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator and worked in various research roles for the CSIRO and the Australian National University focused on projects improving crop yields for farmers.

Anne-Sophie holds a PhD in plant biology from the National Institute for Agricultural Research, Bordeaux, France.

Karl Adamson

Director - Agricultural Chemical Policy

Karl joined CropLife in March 2019 and brings considerable policy and regulatory experience in both private and public sector roles.

Karl represents the interests of CropLife and its members in the development of policy relevant to the effective and efficient regulation of agricultural chemicals.

Prior to joining CropLife, Karl was with Nufarm Australia as Senior Regulatory Product Manager where he led the development and introduction of new chemistry in horticulture. He previously led the minor use program at the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority where he facilitated chemical access for specialty cropping and animal industries.

Karl holds a Bachelor of Applied Science – Chemistry from the University of Central Queensland.

Dr Katie Asplin

Senior Manager - Science and Stewardship (Chemistry)

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Katie Asplin joined CropLife in July 2017, bringing extensive knowledge of the agricultural chemical regulatory system.

Katie assists the Director – Agricultural Chemical Policy by providing high level and specific technical advice to inform the development of regulatory reform options and policy solutions relevant to the effective and efficient regulation of agricultural chemicals. She also champions CropLife’s stewardship responses for agricultural chemical products, ensuring sustainable agricultural outcomes.

Prior to joining CropLife, Katie held a variety of scientific and project management positions in academia and the public sector in both Australia and the United Kingdom, most recently the position of Assistant Director – Chemical Review with the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority.

Katie holds a Bachelor of Applied Science – Equine and a Bachelor of Applied Science – Honours (Class 1) from Charles Sturt University, as well as a PhD in veterinary endocrinology from the University of Queensland.

Lisa Baker

Senior Group Accountant

Lisa joined Croplife in March 2018, after travelling through Europe and the United States for a year, and brings broad experience and skills.

Lisa provides professional accounting and financial management services to CropLife and a number of aligned entities and organisations.

Prior to joining CropLife Lisa spent seven years as Finance Minister at the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries. She previously worked as Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the Private Health Insurance Administration Council.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of Canberra.

Judith Old

Executive Office Manager and Executive Assistant

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Judith Old commenced as Executive Assistant with CropLife Australia in January 2006, having previously held this position with CropLife’s predecessor, Avcare.

Judith has significant experience at a senior administrative support level including Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of the Master Builders Association of the ACT, as well as the Mayor and General Manager of the then Goulburn City Council.

Her responsibilities include executive and administrative support to the Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Directors, as well as oversight of the daily operations of the CropLife Secretariat.

Tanya Elliott

Secretariat Support Officer

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Tanya Elliott joined CropLife in April 2013 in the position of Secretariat Support Officer following many years within the hospitality industry. Tanya has also held similar positions within the real estate sector, as well as with major Brisbane based property development firm, the Anthony John Group.

Tanya is CropLife’s Receptionist and also provides support to CropLife Secretariat operations and overall corporate functioning, as well to the Secretariat’s finance team.