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Introducing APVMA’s Chief Regulatory Scientist
It is with great pleasure that I begin my role as Chief Regulatory Scientist at APVMA. In this role, I will lead scientific capability and quality in an expanded capacity as outlined in the business operating model. The agency has a strong international reputation for excellence, and I am proud to continue the outstanding work outlined in the 2018-19 Corporate Plan.
I would like to acknowledge the contributions of my predecessor, Dr Phil Reeves. Phil has established himself as a staunch advocate for regulatory science in Australia and overseas, and through his leadership has built a legacy of peer collaboration and scientific learning through the Science Fellows Program.
My own career is a bit of a mixed bag, as is true for many scientists. I started off as an entomologist and toxicologist, working on termites and other insects of biosecurity concern in Hawaii. I then became a chemist and structural biologist discovering and characterising new compounds from venoms. Most recently I broadened my background in risk mitigation and quality management systems while working for CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) in Atlanta, Georgia, where I had the privilege of serving on several investigations and emergency responses. I am an advocate of the One Health approach that considers human, animal, and environmental health to be interconnected.
I hold a PhD in Chemistry and Structural Biology from the University of Queensland, a Masters in Entomology from the University of Hawaii, and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education from the University of Queensland. I have served in a number of leadership and board roles for professional and non-profit institutions, and have been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society (United Kingdom) and a Fellow of the Institute for Managers and Leaders (Australia and New Zealand).
I look forward to serving the APVMA as we continue to grow our reputation as a world leading regulator for agricultural chemicals and veterinary medicines.