Staff

Matthew Cossey

Chief Executive Officer

Matthew 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.

Julie Mason

Chief Financial and Operations Officer | Company Secretary

Julie Mason joined CropLife Australia in December 2020 bringing with her a wealth of experience and expertise in financial and corporate governance matters.

Her previous role was CFO with the National Press Club of Australia managing the finance, IT, HR and facilities. In her five years there she also acted as the chair of the Body Corporate Committee for the building. Prior to this Julie worked for Campbell Page Limited, one of Australia’s largest Job Services providers. Before relocating to Canberra, Julie spent eight years in the US working across various positions in project management and analysis for RiskMetrics (now part of Morgan Stanley Capital International) on Wall Street in New York and Developer Express in Las Vegas.

Julie is a fellow of the Certified Practising Accountants Australia (FCPA) in recognition of her experience in the sector. She is a graduate of Curtin University and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting).

Julie is responsible for the professional administration of CropLife’s financial management services. As CropLife’s Company Secretary, she ensures the application of best corporate governance frameworks and processes across CropLife’s administration and operations.

Katherine Delbridge

Director – Government and Strategic Relations

Katherine joined CropLife in August 2018 bringing with her significant experience across corporate communication and advocacy fields both within Australia 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. Before that, 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.

Gregory Sekulic

Director – Agricultural Chemical Policy

Gregory joined CropLife Australia in February 2021, bringing substantial international experience in agronomy, grower engagement and stakeholder relations surrounding agricultural chemicals, land use and the environment.

Gregory represents the interests of CropLife and its members in the development and implementation of effective public policy and regulation of agricultural chemicals.

Prior to joining CropLife, Gregory served as Agronomy Specialist with the Canola Council of Canada working with growers, industry stakeholders and regulators in evaluating, developing, and delivering best management practices for agricultural chemicals and enhanced sustainability of crop production. Gregory also served as a board member for the Soil Conservation Council of Canada and the science advisory committee at the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops.

Gregory holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture – Crop and Horticulture Sciences from the University of Alberta.

Dr Jana Phan

Director – Stewardship and Sustainability Policy

Jana joined CropLife in April 2021, bringing with her experience in agricultural science and evidence-informed policy development and analysis, and advocacy.

Jana drives CropLife’s Stewardship and Sustainability policy initiatives, providing strategic policy advice, developing programs and managing a wide variety of stewardship initiatives regarding the responsible and sustainable use of the products of the plant science industry.

Prior to joining CropLife, Jana worked as a Science Policy Analyst at the Australian Academy of Science. She has a strong track record in synthesising, analysing and developing evidence-informed policy. A career highlight was her involvement in the Rapid Research Information Forum of Australia’s Chief Scientists during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jana holds a PhD in plant biology from The University of Adelaide.

Dr Anne-Sophie Dielen

Director – Crop Biotechnology Policy (parental leave, returning July 2022)

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.

Lucy Darragh

Manager – Crop Biotechnology Policy

Lucy joined CropLife in March 2021, bringing with her extensive industry experience in policy research and advocacy.

Lucy supports the Director of Crop Biotechnology Policy in the development and advocacy of best practice policy and regulation for agricultural biotechnology.

Prior to joining CropLife, Lucy worked with GrainGrowers where she represented grower interests and managed a diverse policy portfolio, including agvet chemicals, biosecurity, trade standards and grain classification. She has also worked with the Australian Farm Institute where her work has been published across several additions of the Farm Policy Journal.

Lucy has worked in other diverse roles with government, industry and the private sector to deliver high-quality research, technical advice and advocacy for a variety of target audiences.

Lucy holds a Bachelor of Agriculture from Charles Sturt University and a Master of Environmental Science (plant physiology and genetics) from the University of New England.

Angie Ghirardello

Communications Officer

Angie joined CropLife in May 2021 as Communications Officer with considerable experience working in events, marketing and with the media.

Angie’s responsibilities include managing campaigns and events and supporting the Director – Corporate Affairs in developing internal and external communications strategies.

Prior to joining CropLife, Angie worked for the National Press Club as their Marketing and Sales Manager. In this role, she identified and developed new business opportunities, sold corporate sponsorships and managed the brand.

Angie was with the National Press Club for six years and worked in numerous functions and events roles prior to that.

Angie holds a Bachelor of Business and is undertaking a Graduate Certificate of Digital Marketing Leadership from RMIT University.

Judith Old

Executive Office Manager and Executive Assistant

Judith 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.

Gary Robb

General Counsel

Gary 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.

Tanya Elliott

Secretariat Support Officer

Tanya 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.