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Chief Executive Officer
Dr Chris Parker was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) on 15 November 2017, following his appointment as the interim CEO on 1 June.
Dr Parker has extensive experience in the agricultural sector and has held a number of senior executive positions in agricultural policy divisions.
Chris studied as a veterinarian and worked for a number of years in mixed practice in rural Western Australia and South Australia. He then moved to Melbourne to take up a role as a technical services manager with a large agriculture and veterinary chemical company. Due to family circumstances he and his wife then moved back to South Australia to manage and operate a large family farming and grazing property. He served on a number of farmer representative organisation committees and boards. His representative roles have included serving as the state representative on WoolProducers Aust Ltd and chairing the South Australian Farmers Federation Livestock Section. Chris is a past member and chair of the South Australian Wool and Fibre Industry Development Board and past member of state and national Ovine Johnes Disease management committees.
In early 2006 Chris moved to the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry where he held a number of roles dealing with biosecurity service delivery, regulatory policy and operational delivery, and broader departmental policy. Most recently Dr Parker was part of the senior executive at the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources leading work to regulate plant exports and improve access for plant exports through reducing technical barriers to trade. Previous roles within the department include four years as the agricultural minister counsellor in the United States where he was instrumental in negotiating significant market access gains for horticulture products and animal products. Prior to that he lead the multilateral trade branch coordinating the department’s interests at the WTO, FAO, OECD and G20.
Dr Parker holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from Murdoch University and is an alumni of the Australian Rural Leadership Program.