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.
Shiva joined CropLife in June 2022 bringing with him significant corporate services and finance experience across both public and private sectors, within Australia and internationally.
Shiva is responsible for the professional administration of CropLife’s financial management services. He is also CropLife’s Company Secretary, ensuring the application of best corporate governance frameworks and processes across CropLife’s administration and operations.
Prior to joining CropLife, Shiva worked in numerous senior finance and corporate services roles in the Australian Public Sector including the Australian Taxation Office, Transport for New South Wales, and the ACT Government. On an international stage, Shiva worked as technical expert in the field of banking, accounting and procurement.
Shiva holds an MBA and is also a member of CPA Australia.
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 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.
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.
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.
Elyse joined CropLife Australia in December 2021 bringing experience spanning media, agriculture, biosecurity and nutrition science.
Elyse is responsible for CropLife’s external and internal communications, media engagement, events and human nutrition.
Prior to joining CropLife, Elyse held the position of Media and Communications Manager and Industry Dietitian for Australian Pork Limited. Elyse was also the Nutrition Communications Manager at Meat and Livestock Australia, leading national red meat nutrition campaigns.
Before that, Elyse was a producer and radio journalist for eight years at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation across national, regional and rural issues.
Elyse holds a Bachelor of Communications (Print Journalism) and a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) from the University of Wollongong.
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 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.
Jess joined CropLife as Receptionist/Administrative Assistant in April 2022. She commences following several years’ experience within the hospitality industry.
Jess provides support to the Executive Assistant as well as the overall corporate functioning at CropLife Australia.
Afsah joined CropLife as Communications Officer in July 2022 with experience in strategic digital, social and earned media communications.
Afsah supports the Director of Media and Communications and handles the online presence of CropLife Australia.
Prior to joining, Afsah was a Campaigns Consultant at Essential Media Communications in Sydney where she worked with NGOs, advocacy and political organisations on media management, online and in person events and digital campaigning across education, disability and transport.
She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Media (PR and Advertising) from the University of New South Wales.
Reet joined CropLife in July 2022, bringing with her diverse finance and accounting experience within the Professional Services and Community Services industry.
As Group Accountant, Reet is responsible for professional accounting and financial management at CropLife and its wholly owned subsidiary Agsafe in accordance with Australian Accounting Standards.
Prior to joining CropLife, Reet worked in financial management at QuestCare. Before that, Reet provided tax compliance and statutory audit services to corporate clients at Deloitte.
She is a member of CPA Australia and holds a Master’s degree in Professional Accounting.