The APVMA Board is the Accountable Authority of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (PGPA) Act 2013 and was established under the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992 to govern the APVMA and conduct financial, risk and audit oversight amongst other functions and duties.

The Board was established in March 2022 and announced in April 2022.

The Board would like the Australian community to understand the work of the APVMA and will publish a summary of its meetings via regular communiques.

APVMA Board members


Date appointed

Appointment expires

Dr Carmel (Carrie) Hillyard AM (Chair)

29 March 2022

4-year term

Ms Nicola Hinder PSM, Interim Chief Executive Officer (member)

13 February 2023


Dr Jeremy Burdon (member)

29 March 2022

3-year term

Mrs Maree Gooch (member)

29 March 2022

3-year term

Dr Steve Jefferies AM (member)

29 March 2022

3-year term

Note: All Board members, with the exception of the CEO, are part-time. Members are listed alphabetically after the Chair and CEO.

Dr Carmel Hillyard AM, APVMA Board Chair

Dr Carmel Hillyard AM, Board Chair

BSc (Joint Hons) PhD FTSE FAICD

Dr Carmel Hillyard AM was appointed Chair of the APVMA Board in March 2022. Dr Hillyard currently chairs Fitgenes Australia Ltd and the Research Advisory Board for Mater Research. Dr Hillyard has served on the Industry Research and Development Board and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation board. She co-founded venture capital firm, CM Capital, and led its Life Sciences team, taking an active role on the boards of pharmaceutical, diagnostics and medical device investee companies. Dr Hillyard has also served on not-for-profit and university commercialisation company boards.

Nicola Hinder, Interim CEO and APVMA Board member

Ms Nicola Hinder PSM, Interim Chief Executive Officer and Board member

Ms Nicola Hinder PSM was appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and a member of the APVMA Board on 13 February 2023. Ms Hinder’s responsibilities as Interim CEO include consulting with key stakeholders to set the APVMA’s vision, objectives and strategies to meet its legislative responsibilities, and monitoring financial, operational and program performance.

Ms Hinder has undertaken a broad range of roles across government, most recently as the Acting Deputy Secretary for the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry’s Agriculture Trade Group. Ms Hinder has wide-ranging experience and a keen interest in agricultural trade, policy development, service delivery and biosecurity, and is the Australian Delegation Head for the CODEX Alimentarius Commission. In 2019, Ms Hinder received a Public Service Medal in recognition of services to Biosecurity and Trade.

Jeremy Burdon, APVMA Board member

Dr Jeremy Burdon, Board member


Dr Jeremy Burdon was appointed to the APVMA Board in March 2022. Dr Burdon has extensive experience in research management and planning across Australian agriculture. Currently he is independent Chair of Sugar Research Australia’s Research Funding Panel and a Special Advisor to the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility. Previously, Dr Burdon has been a non-executive Director of Sugar Research Australia, the Cotton Research and Development Corporation and the Grains Research and Development Corporation.

Maree Gooch, APVMA Board member

Mrs Maree Gooch, Board member


Mrs Maree Gooch was appointed to the APVMA Board in March 2022. Mrs Gooch is Principal of Value Creators, which provides specialised business coaching and capacity building courses in business transformation, strategy and finance for small and medium enterprises in the agribusiness and tourism sectors. She has also served as Executive Officer of SafeFarms WA since 2015. Mrs Gooch is a former farmer and is currently the Chair of CRISP Wireless and a board member of FarmSafe Australia. Mrs Gooch is a former Director of the Rural Business Development Corporation, AusChem Training and the Chamber of Commerce WA’s SEN panel.

Steve Jefferies, APVMA Board member

Dr Steve Jefferies AM, Board member


Dr Steve Jefferies was appointed to the APVMA Board in March 2022. Dr Jefferies is Principal of Jefferies Ag Solutions Pty Ltd, which provides specialised consultancy services to agribusiness in strategy, risk management and business growth. Dr Jeffries was formerly the Managing Director of the Grains Research and Development Corporation and prior to that CEO of Australian Grain Technologies PTY Ltd.  Dr Jefferies is currently Chairman of Rice Breeding Australia Ltd and non-executive Director of Grain Producers South Australia.

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