Our Team


establishment Committee

Interim Chair ZNE-Ag CRC

Deb Cousins

Former Board member, Western Australian Marine Science Institution, WA Biodiversity Research Institute, Premiers Science Council.

Committee Member

Matthew Morell

Institute Director, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation – The University of Queensland

Committee Member

Tanya Barden

CEO – Australian Food and Grocery Council, Board Director Foodbank Australia

Committee Member

John Lloyd

Non Exec Director MLA, Wine Australia, Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council, Council Member Charles Sturt University

Committee Member

Tress Walmsley

CEO InterGrain, member of Grains Australia Barley and Oat Councils, Deputy Chair of Grains Industry Association WA, Director of Chemistry Centre WA

Committee Member

Tony Lee

Chair of Yawuru Holdings Co and Deputy Chair of Nyamba Buru Yawuru Ltd, Member WA Aboriginal Cultural Centre Steering Committee, Member of WA Education Dept Aboriginal Advisory Committee

Leadership Team

Interim CEO

Richard Heath

Research Director

Ben Hayes

Professor – The University of Queensland

Research Program 1 Leader

Vicki Lane

Director RD&E – Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries

Research Program 2 Leader

Phil Vercoe

Professor – The University of Western Australia

Research Program 3 Leader

Richard Eckard

Professor – The University of Melbourne

Research Program 4 Leader

Marit Kragt

Associate Professor – The University of Western Australia

Education, Training & Adoption
Program Leader

Janelle Wilkes

Associate Professor – The University of New England