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.
Brad Williams joined CropLife Australia in June 2014 bringing with him a wealth of experience and expertise in financial and corporate governance matters.
Prior to joining CropLife, Brad was a senior member of one of Australia’s leading professional services firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), having commenced his accounting career as a Graduate Auditor with the former Canberra based WalterTurnbull. His role within PwC saw Brad responsible for financial statement audits of various Commonwealth Departments and private sector clients, which has provided him with a robust understanding of the Australian Accounting Standards, including their application to the not-for-profit sector. In addition, Brad has undertaken a vast array of internal audit assignments across a number of the larger Commonwealth Departments, specialising in risk management, control framework assessment, business process improvement and statutory compliance.
Brad 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, Brad ensures the application of best corporate governance frameworks and processes across CropLife’s administration and operations.
A former professional basketball player with the National Basketball League, Brad is credited with having played for high-profile NBL Clubs such as the West Sydney Razorbacks, New Zealand Breakers, Canberra Cannons and Sydney Kings.
Brad holds a Graduate Diploma from, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia together with a Bachelor of Commerce – Accounting from the University of Canberra.
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.
Alastair James joined CropLife in October 2013. Alastair has a strong agribusiness, public policy and regulatory background, having worked as a farmer, senior agronomist and Branch Manager within the rural merchandise sector.
Alastair represents the interests of CropLife and its members in the development of policy relevant to the effective and efficient regulation of agricultural chemicals. He also champions CropLife’s stewardship responses for agricultural chemical products, ensuring sustainable agricultural outcomes.
Prior to joining CropLife, Alastair held a variety of significant public sector positions, including most recently the position of Director – National Residue Survey (Animal) with the Department of Agriculture, having previously held the corresponding position within the plant portfolio, as well as the position of Director – Plant Export Operations.
Alastair holds a Bachelor of Applied Science – Agriculture and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Osman Mewett joined CropLife in December 2011 and brought with him extensive knowledge of the plant science regulatory system.
Osman leads CropLife’s activities relevant to the Crop Biotechnology Sector.
Prior to joining CropLife, Osman held the position of Scientist – Biosecurity and Farm Analysis Branch with the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences. Prior to this appointment, he held number of senior scientific, regulatory and policy positions with the Federal Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator. He has authored a number of journal papers, government reports and publications relevant to his areas of expertise.
Osman possesses a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University. Osman is a member of the Australian Society of Plant Scientists and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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.
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.
Kelly Hayward joined CropLife Australia in October 2016, bringing with her a strong background in journalism and digital communications.
Prior to joining CropLife, Kelly held the joint position of Communications Officer for the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University and Associate Editor of the Crawford School’s globally recognised public policy website, Policy Forum. Prior to this appointment, Kelly worked in a range of journalism and communication roles in Canberra, Brisbane and the UK.
Kelly’s responsibilities include supporting the Director of Corporate Affairs in developing internal and external media strategies, and managing CropLife Australia’s best-practice stewardship programs.
Kelly holds a Bachelor of Political Science (Hons), a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) and a Grad Cert in Law. She is currently completing a Masters of Law in International Law.
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 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.