Expert leadership for the plant science industry

    19 November 2015

    CropLife Australia is pleased to announce the re-election of Nufarm General Manager Australasia, Mr Lachie McKinnon, to continue to serve as President of Australia’s peak industry  organisation for the plant science sector. As President Mr McKinnon also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for CropLife 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 Executive. Joining Mr McKinnon on the CropLife Executive will be:

    Mr Paul Luxton, Territory Head – Australasia,
    Syngenta Australia
    Vice President Crop Protection
    Mr Daniel Kruithoff, Australia & New Zealand Managing Director, Monsanto Australia Vice President Crop Biotechnology
    Mr Tobias Marchand, Managing Director,
    Bayer CropScience
    Chair of Corporate Governance Committee


    In addition to the Executive, the following people will serve as Directors on the CropLife Australia Board for the 2015‑16 year:

    • Mr Darrin Hines, Chief Executive Officer, Adama Australia
    • Mr Anthony Moskal, Business Director Crop Protection, BASF Australia (effective from 5 December 2015 upon retirement of Mr Dean Corbett, Chief Executive Officer, Accensi Pty Ltd)
    • Mr Peter Dryden, Managing Director, Dow AgroSciences Australia
    • Mr Thor Cruse, Managing Director Australia and New Zealand, DuPont (Australia)
    • Mr Damien Ryan, Managing Director, Sipcam Australia

    The CropLife Board also re-appointed Mr Damien Ryan, Managing Director of Sipcam Australia, to continue as Chairman of Agsafe, CropLife’s world leading industry stewardship subsidiary, which runs the very successful drumMUSTER and ChemClear® programs.

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

    Mr Cossey today said, “This year marks 60 years of CropLife Australia acting as a strong voice for the plant science sector. Clearly 60 years ago the leaders of our emerging industry realised that they needed strong and effective advocacy for Australia’s plant science industry. The importance of professional and dedicated advocacy for our industry, now and in the future, must not be underestimated considering the challenges Australian agriculture faces.

    “When it comes to supporting Australian farmers to increase productivity and profitability in a sustainable manner, there is no industry more important than ours.

    “The challenges ahead in improving Australia’s international agricultural competiveness, continuing to improve the sustainability of farming and achieving global food security can be met, but only if the effort, skill and innovation needed in producing food, feed and fibre for an ever growing population are not taken for granted.

    “CropLife Australia is fortunate to represent the best of the plant science industry and to have an experienced, professional and dedicated Executive and Board to continue to guide it at such a critical time,” Mr Cossey concluded.