Damien Ryan – Agsafe Chairman
Damien is the Managing Director of Sipcam Pacific Australia and Vice President of CropLife Australia. After graduating with an Honours degree in Agricultural Science, he spent time in sales and marketing with ICI Chemicals moving to IAMA Limited (now Landmark) as the Marketing Manager in 1993. In 1997 he left to start up Sipcam Pacific Australia. In 2007, Sipcam formed a joint venture with Sumitomo Corporation and is now the sixth largest agro-chemical company in the Australian Market.
Brad is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer / Chief Financial Officer of CropLife Australia. Brad is also the Company Secretary of CropLife Australia. Brad is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Prior to joining CropLife Australia, Brad worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers where he obtained extensive experience in the preparation and audit of financial statements, including the not-for-profit sector. Brad also has vast experience in the provision of corporate governance advice, particularly relating to internal control frameworks and business process improvement.
Dr Neil Cooper
Neil is a Technical Services veterinarian with Bayer Animal Health, and has worked in the veterinary pharmaceutical industry for over 25 years. Neil is an accredited Agsafe trainer and regularly delivers training courses to Animal Health sales staff. He assisted in the development of the Agsafe – VMDA Veterinary Industry Training Course for accreditation of sales personnel who work in the industry. Neil travels regularly through rural Australia, where he takes the opportunity to talk resellers about Agsafe training and accreditation programs. He is the Animal Medicines Australia Limited representative on the Agsafe Board.
Richard has extensive industry knowledge with over 25 years’ experience in Risk Management, Occupational Health and Safety, Insurance Management, Asset Protection, Compliance and Workers Compensation. Richard has held a number of Senior Management roles and understands the demands and complexities of running a business in the modern environment. Richard joined Landmark in September 2012 as the leader of the Risk and Compliance function.
Bill Dowdle is the General Manager of AgLink, an organisation that is owned by 23 of Australia’s largest independent rural retailers with 190 outlets across regional Australia. Until November 2012, AgLink was known as IHD Pty Ltd, the company Bill joined as General Manager in 2006. Before then, Bill was the Managing Director of T Systems Australia, a global irrigation technology manufacturer. Bill is well-qualified to help oversee Agsafe Ltd, bringing 36 years of industry experience from a wide range of activities to the Board. Throughout the 1990’s, Bill managed a large rural retail operation in Northern Queensland before taking up management of a wide-ranging branch network of rural outlets across northern Australia. Bill holds an Honours Degree in Rural Science and an MBA.
Nick has a Bachelor of Applied Science and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is currently the Executive Manager of the Fertilizer Australia (FA). FA engages in public policy development and implementation on behalf of the Australian fertilizer industry. FA runs a national training and accreditation program, Fertcare, with a strong focus on environmental risk management. Nick has 27 years professional experience in agriculture, including public sector research and extension, commercial production and in commercial and technical roles in the fertilizer industry.
Nick Kemp has a thorough understanding of the Australian agricultural industry through various agronomy and management positions in the retail and supply sectors. He is currently the National Category Manager (Crop Protection) for Ruralco. Nick started his career as an Agronomist with IAMA on the Yorke Peninsula of South Australia and previously held roles at Elders in supply chain, merchandise, horticulture and project management.
Grant McShane is group Chief Executive of two unlisted public companies; National Rural Independents (NRI) Limited and Indepet Limited. NRI is a rural buying and marketing group set up by independents for independents in 2001 which has grown from nine founders to a national network of premium retailers. Indepet Limited was launched in 2010 to create a similar independent group in the pet care industry and already has a national network of retailers trading under this banner. Grant began his 45-year career in agribusiness marketing. Working for pastoral houses in various business portfolios since the late 1960’s, he has broad experience in retailing and wholesaling at the most senior level. Grant has been with NRI and joint-venture partner, Indepet, since their inceptions.
Ian Saunders currently holds the position of General Manager/ Director of the Australian veterinary manufacturer, Troy Laboratories Australia Pty Ltd, a company that supplies the OTC industry under the TROY brand and the scheduled veterinary industry through the ILIUM brand. Ian believes that a strong manufacturing and animal health industry requires a commitment by all stakeholders to ensure that positive outcomes are achieved in terms of growth, achieving affordable and efficacious outcomes for end users and achieving a safe outcome for all stakeholders, hence his 6 year and ongoing directorship with the VMDA, 4 as president. His interest in animal health stems from his early years as a jackaroo on horse safaris through the Kosciusko National Park, his early training at Wagga Agricultural College and Macquarie University, then as a small land owner and finally working with companies like Cyanamid Websters, Vetsearch, Virbac and now Troy.
Nina Abbey’s experience spans a broad range of businesses and industries. She commenced her career as an officer with the Royal Australian Navy and has since worked in various operational and management roles, with a strong focus on risk management and safety. Nina joined Elders in 2011 and currently holds the position of the Head of Risk, Safety & Assurance as well as Joint Company Secretary. Nina has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Management from UNSW, and an MBA from RMIT.
Dominique Doyle- Company Secretary
Dominique has a strong background of in excess of 25 years in the area of applied accounting and strategic management, having undertaken varied roles from accrual and budgeting, through to funds management accounting, as well as strategic and project management roles. Her in‑depth experience has been gained across roles ranging from within government agencies, including the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation, as well as large private entities, including Australian Ethical Investments and the Australian National University.
Dominique possesses a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of Canberra and is a member of CPA Australia.