Experience and leadership continue for plant science industry

    27 November 2013

    Wednesday 27 November 2013 (Canberra) – CropLife Australia is pleased to announce the re-election of Nufarm General Manager Australasia, Lachie McKinnon to serve his seventh term as President of the organisation. Mr McKinnon’s significant industry experience, together with the commitment he brings to the role of President, equips him well to continue to leadthe organisation through a new political landscape in challenging but promising times for the plant science industry in Australia.

    CropLife Australia is also very fortunate in being able to draw on a vast wealth of experienced and highly regarded executives from the industry to serve on the Board of Directors. Joining Mr McKinnon on the CropLife Board will be:


    Mr Damien Ryan, Managing Director, Sipcam Australia Pty Ltd – CropLife Vice President Crop Protection

    Mr Daniel Kruithoff, Australia & New Zealand Managing Director, Monsanto Australia Limited – CropLife Vice President Crop Biotechnology

    Mr Dean Corbett, Cheif Executive Officer, Accensi Pty Ltd – CropLife Treasurer 

     Dr Jacqueline Applegate, Managing Director, Bayer CropScience Pty Ltd

    Mr Peter Dryden,  Managing Director, Dow AgroSciences Pty Ltd

    Mr Scott Huf, Business Director, Australia and New Zealand, DuPont (Australia) Ltd

    Mr David Peters, Managing Director, Farmoz Pty Ltd

    Mr Paul Luxton, Territory Head – Australasia, Syngenta Australia Pty Ltd


    The CropLife Board provides important strategic guidance for the CropLife Team, led by Chief Executive Officer, Matthew Cossey.

    Mr Cossey today said, “There has never been a more important time for strong and effective advocacy for Australia’s plant science industry.

    “When it comes to supporting Australian farmers to increase productivity while using fewer natural resources, there is no industry more important than ours.

    “The challenges ahead in achieving global food security in the face of a changing climate and diminishing resources can be overcome, but only if the effort, skill and innovation needed in producing food and fibre for an ever growing population are not taken for granted.

    “CropLife is fortunate to represent the best of the plant science sector and to have an experienced, professional and dedicated Board to continue to guide it at such a critical juncture in the history of Australian agriculture”, Mr Cossey concluded.

    Contact: Jessica Lee (Manager – Public Affairs)  Ph: 02 6230 6399  Mob: 0410 491 261