Biosecurity and Regulation
Grains and Livestock Industries
Grains R&D Transformation
Ralph brings a wealth of experience from the private, not-for-profit and government sectors. He has a natural affinity for regional WA having grown up on a farm at Cranbrook and spent much of his working life in Kununurra. Ralph was chairman of the Kimberley Development Commission for more than two years and has held a range of commercial, not-for-profit and local government board positions. He was most recently Director General at the Department of Regional Development where he drove an outcomes-based approach with a focus on jobs and economic growth. Ralph is a Chartered Accountant, holds a degree in Commerce, a Master of Agricultural Economics and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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.
Mia is a veterinarian with significant government experience in the United Kingdom and Western Australia. At the department, Mia managed WA’s animal disease control programs before taking on the role of Western Australian Chief Veterinary Officer, where she has led the development of strategic livestock health policies to maintain and enhance the state’s excellent livestock biosecurity status.
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'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.
With a background in aviation, small business management, state and local government, Jason joined the department in 2007. He is committed to delivering value to WA farm businesses through applied science, technology and innovation, with a focus on increased productivity and enduring profitability. Jason is passionate about effective change management, capability building and industry development.
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.