Our Executive team

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia's Executive team has a wealth of skills and experience to lead our department and the economic development of Western Australia's agriculture and food sector.

photo of Mark Webb
A/Director General
Mark Webb
Kevin Chennell
Executive Director
Biosecurity and Regulation
Kevin Chennell
Jim Eftos
Executive Director
Business Support
Jim Eftos
Peter Metcalfe
Executive Director
Grains and Livestock Industries
Peter Metcalfe
Mark Sweetingham
Executive Director
Grains R & D Transformation
Mark Sweetingham
John Ruprecht
Executive Director
Irrigated Agriculture
John Ruprecht
Mark Webb
Mark Webb
A/Director General

Mark Webb was born in Western Australia. He has a Degree in Science (Agriculture) Hons from the University of Western Australia and a Post Graduate Certificate in Cross-sector Partnership from the University of Cambridge (UK). He was previously employed by DAFWA for more than 15 years and worked in South Perth, Manjimup, Kununurra and Albany. He has experience in horticultural research, public and private sector management, farming and business. Mark was most recently Chief Executive Officer of the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority for 12 years, and sits on a number of local, national and international committees and boards.

Kevin Chennell
Kevin Chennell
Executive Director, Biosecurity and Regulation

A veterinarian with qualifications in education and management, Kevin worked in private practice and in a range of senior government and industry roles before joining the department in 2008. Kevin is passionate about leading change, innovation, and building relationships with industry.

Jim Eftos
Jim Eftos
Executive Director, Business Support

Jim joined the department from Polytechnic West, where he has held the position of General Manager Resources and Corporate Services with responsibility for financial management, human resources and workforce planning, governance and compliance, business systems development and application, infrastructure, and public policy formulation and evaluation. He has more than 15 years’ senior executive experience.

Peter Metcalfe
Peter Metcalfe
Executive Director, Grains and Livestock Industries

Peter's farming background and more than 25 years in various roles in the department have provided him with a solid understanding of the needs and opportunities of our agrifood industries. He is committed to ensuring work undertaken by DAFWA continually provides value to our clients and enables vital industry development.

Mark Sweetingham
Mark Sweetingham
Executive Director, Grains R&D Transformation

Mark has long been involved in the Australian grains industry and is internationally recognised in the fields of crop protection, farming systems, crop genetics and plant biosecurity. Throughout his career, he has been passionate about increasing the value of the grains industry, in partnership with industry, through research, development and innovation activities.

John Ruprecht
John Ruprecht
Executive Director, Irrigated Agriculture

John has more than 30 years' experience in natural resource management spanning a range of senior management and policy positions concerning water resource assessment, engineering and remediation, urban development, sustainable agriculture and biosecurity. John is a member of national committees on resource management and biosecurity.

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