Chief Executive, Primary Industries and Regions SA
Phone: (08) 8226 0168
Fax: (08) 8226 0320
Scott Ashby was appointed Chief Executive of Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) in February 2013. He brings to the role more than 20 years of leadership experience and knowledge in primary industries, water management, natural resource management, and environmental protection, as well as central agency experience.
He leads PIRSA at a time of key challenges in helping shape the future economy of our state, in particular our regions. The State Government's strategic priority of Premium Food and Wine from our Clean Environment drives PIRSA's business.
Scott will ensure PIRSA continues to build reputation of a long history of excellence and drive a policy-focused, high performing, collaborative, trusted department that works in partnership with regional industry and communities.
Prior to this appointment, Scott was Chief Executive of the Premier's Murray Darling Basin Plan Taskforce in the South Australian Government. The Taskforce, established in June 2012, was successful in driving the State Government's response to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, and achieving its critical priority of securing a healthy future for the River Murray and the communities who depend on it. A major element of this process was engaging the South Australian and national community through the Fight for the Murray campaign.
Scott has previously held the positions of Chief Executive in both the Department for Water (DFW) and the Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation (DWLBC) in the South Australian Government. Scott has also held the positions of the South Australian Commissioner on the Murray-Darling Basin Commission and South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Officials Committee (BOC) member.
His central agency experience included Deputy Chief Executive in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC) in South Australia, where he led a number of policy and program divisions, and corporate services. Scott has worked in both the South Australian and Victorian public sectors since 1991, in a wide range of policy areas, including as Executive Director Strategic Policy in the Victorian Department of Primary Industries and a number of Executive positions in the Victorian Department of Natural Resources and Environment.
These roles included responsibility for policy areas addressing agriculture biosecurity, forestry, minerals and petroleum development, fisheries, science policy, regional economic development, natural resources management, environment protection, water management, greenhouse and climate change, and intergovernmental relations.
Scott is a member of the Senior Management Council, the South Australian Government Information Communication Technology (ICT) Board, and the State Emergency Management Committee.
Professor Mehdi Doroudi
Deputy Chief Executive
Phone: (08) 8226 3994
As Deputy Chief Executive of PIRSA, Professor Mehdi Doroudi has responsibility for leading and influencing the activities of PIRSA in the achievement of legislative, policy, management and development outcomes, and other initiatives such as research and development that will support the responsible and sustainable management of primary industries in South Australia. Mehdi ensures strategic priorities are developed, aligned with the State Strategic Plans, and consistent with other State or Commonwealth relevant legislations.
Mehdi has responsibility for strategic management of Biosecurity SA, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Forestry, the Food Innovation Taskforce and the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) divisions of PIRSA.
In his previous role as Group Executive Director Mehdi was responsible for the activities of PIRSA that support the responsible and sustainable growth of agriculture, food, fisheries and aquaculture sectors in South Australia.
During his time as Executive Director of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Mehdi was responsible for sustainable management of the South Australian fisheries resources and also development of an internationally competitive aquaculture industry that is market-driven and environmentally and socially responsible.
From 2006 to 2009, Mehdi held the position of Chief, Aquatic Sciences for the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), where he was responsible for providing clients with effective, innovative and coordinated services with an aquatic resource management focus. These included aquaculture research and development, marine and freshwater ecological research, and environmental assessment together with fisheries biology, assessment, modelling and oceanography.
Mehdi completed his degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Tehran University and his PhD at the School of Marine Biology and Aquaculture, James Cook University. He also holds an affiliate professorial position with the University of Adelaide.
Mehdi has worked as a policy maker, an academic researcher and as an industry consultant in policy advice, science innovation and commercial operation in the field of primary industries with a particular emphasis on fisheries and aquaculture over the past 27 years. He has worked in the Caspian Sea, Persian Gulf and Oman Sea, as well as in Queensland, Western Australia, Northern Territory, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia and brings to his latest role considerable skill in strategic planning, project management, policy development, science and innovation, experimental design and monitoring programs.
Deputy Chief Executive
Phone: (08) 8226 0851
Tim Goodes was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive for PIRSA in February 2017 and is responsible for working with the Chief Executive and PIRSA Executive to deliver the Government’s strategic agenda through his leadership of the Agriculture, Food and Wine, Regions SA, Rural Solutions SA, Finance and Prudential Management, and Corporate Services divisions. Tim will work with these divisions to assist primary industries and regions to grow, innovate and maximise their economic growth potential, by collaborating with industry, government, academic institutions and other community stakeholders.
Tim has formal qualifications in Nursing, Social Administration and a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Management from Flinders University.
Tim’s career began in the community sector and the last 24 years has been in the South Australian Government working across a number of agencies in service delivery, policy, management and leadership roles. Tim spent 12 years in the Justice portfolio, with executive roles in the Courts Administration Authority as the Sheriff of South Australia, and the Attorney-General’s Department as Executive Director Justice Strategy.
Tim served as an Executive Director in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet leading the delivery of corporate and whole of government services, before moving to the Department of Water Land and Biodiversity Conservation in 2009. Following Machinery of Government changes in 2010, he was appointed as the Deputy Chief Executive of the Department for Water, and following further changes to government in 2012, he became Deputy Chief Executive and Group Executive Director of Strategy and Advice in the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR).
In DEWNR, Tim was responsible for water resources management in South Australia, including serving as the Basin Official for South Australia pursuant to the Water Act 2007, leading Basin Plan implementation in SA, as well as advocating for South Australia’s position nationally. He was also responsible for science, natural resources management policy, climate change strategy and corporate planning and governance.
Executive Director, Agriculture, Food and Wine
Phone: (08) 8226 0336
Fax: (08) 8226 0978
As Executive Director of Agriculture, Food and Wine within Primary Industries and Regions SA, Jo drives the strategic direction of the agency and leads the development of the State Government’s strategic and economic priorities of Premium Food and Wine from our Clean Environment.
Jo brings to PIRSA extensive skills in strategy development, communications and community engagement and positioning government agency effort to best deliver strategic policy outcomes. Jo has held leadership positions with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, the Premier’s Murray-Darling Basin Taskforce, the Department for Water and SA Health.
Jo spearheaded the Fight for the Murray campaign, a cornerstone of the state’s ultimately successful strategy to secure an extra 450 gigalitres of water, and led the communications and engagement underpinning Water for Good - SA’s plan to ensure water security to 2050 and beyond.
Executive Director, Biosecurity SA
Phone: (08) 8207 7943
Will Zacharin was appointed Executive Director Biosecurity SA in July 2010 and is responsible for programs in animal health, plant health, marine biosecurity, food safety, rural chemicals, vertebrate pests, weeds and emergency management. Will is the current State Government member on the National Biosecurity Committee.
Before heading up Biosecurity SA, Will served as Executive Director, Fisheries in PIRSA from 2000 to 2009 and as a senior fisheries manager in the agency. Previously he worked with the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries in Tasmania. During this period, he established many of the quota managed fisheries in South Australia and the development of the Fisheries Management Act 2007. Will was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2002 and investigated alternative allocation and access mechanisms in fisheries between commercial, recreational and indigenous fishers. He has published a number of scientific and management papers on fisheries management arrangements in Australia.
Will holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and a Master of Science, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Business Management. He is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Executive Director, Corporate Services
Phone: (08) 8429 0386
Anna Gabrielli joined Primary Industries and Regions in 2006. Currently as the Executive Director, Corporate Services she is responsible for the strategic leadership of high quality and cost effective corporate services to PIRSA's business divisions and a range of external customers.
Anna brings an extraordinary level of public and private sector experience to the position, having worked in both sectors over the past 30 years. Her drive for reform to achieve efficiency and improved customer service has resulted in Anna leading and participating in numerous whole of government strategic directions, public sector reforms and projects of state-wide significance.
Anna is currently a board member of the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s CHRIS21 Board and the Chair of the Commissioner for Public Employment’s Redeployment Retraining and Redundancy committee.
Anna’s experience and qualifications in Human Resource Management and Organisational Change and Leadership will ensure that the Corporate Services division continues to improve and lead targeted business improvement reforms that positions PIRSA as a high performing agency.
Professor Pauline Mooney
Executive Director, Food Innovation Taskforce
Phone: (08) 8429 0685
Fax: (08) 8303 9403
Pauline joined PIRSA in 2005 as its Director of Research at SARDI, and in 2010 was appointed to the role of Executive Director SARDI. She took on the role of Executive Director Food Innovation in 2016.
This role includes building strong relationships with industry and pursuing excellence in service delivery. Affiliate Professor Mooney's aim is for the Food Innovation Taskforce to be the vehicle via which PIRSA delivers timely applied innovations which builds South Australia’s food business capability, product attributes and value, and secures the premium product position in target domestic and international markets.
Prior to joining PIRSA, Affiliate Professor Mooney held a number of science leadership positions across a diverse range of disciplines from plant breeding and plant physiology through to gene technologies and bioengineering. She previously led horticulture, bioscience and food-related science programs in New Zealand and South Africa.
Affiliate Professor Mooney has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) spanning the fields of botany, genetics, microbiology and plant pathology. She also has a Master of Science in phycology from the University of Natal in South Africa, a PhD majoring in molecular biology from Sydney University, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Executive Director, Regions SA
Phone: (08) 8429 0230
As Executive Director of Regions SA, Alison Lloydd-Wright drives and delivers the South Australian Government’s regional development agenda.
Alison brings diverse experience in governance, strategy, policy development, and community engagement from a variety of portfolios.
Alison has held roles as Director of Communities and Justice, focusing on delivery of a range of social policy priorities for the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, and Director of the Chief Executive’s Office at the Attorney-General’s Department.
These roles have contributed to Alison’s focus on coordinated, whole of government policy development, innovation, and sustainable, lasting reform.
Alison's experiences include providing strategic policy advice to Cabinet across multiple portfolios, negotiating with the Australian Government on national projects, and delivering strategic projects including legislative reform.
Alison holds a Bachelor of Laws and Honours and Bachelor degrees in Arts, with a focus on public policy.
Executive Director, Rural Solutions SA
Phone: (08) 8429 0352
Fax: (08) 8463 3336
Daniel Casement was appointed Executive Director of Rural Solutions SA in 2012.
Daniel continues to lead Rural Solutions SA's success as it focuses on regional program delivery, and modern-day extension and knowledge transfer.
Daniel has been with Rural Solutions SA since 2001 and has fulfilled leadership roles in primary industries development and extension, agribusiness, regional development and social sciences. Before this he worked in research roles with SARDI for the Australian seafood industry.
As a leader of a small executive team, Daniel brings high-level innovation, strategic and operational planning and management, leadership and human resource management skills to his role.
Daniel has experience in working in culturally sensitive areas through work with Indigenous communities across Australia, and with clients from the Philippines, Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling Islands), Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands.
In recent years, Daniel has applied his knowledge and experience to growing the business of Rural Solutions SA and leading his teams through difficult economic challenges, while ensuring strategic direction and growth.
Future success will see Rural Solutions SA become a globally recognised business focused on major program delivery, commercial operations and maintaining an industry and community information conduit through the operation of regional customer service centres. Rural Solutions SA will provide a responsive and reliable service to government and other clients, drawing on its strong background in technical excellence, and working with regional businesses and communities. The Rural Solutions SA business will provide highly skilled project teams in areas as diverse as land and soil management, agricultural production, food demand chains, mining and environmental restoration, Aboriginal and community engagement, international development programs and climate adaptation.
Daniel holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Fisheries). With more than 18 years working across Australia in primary industries, Daniel continues to deliver high-level technical consultancies and builds the organisation profile of Rural Solutions SA.
Dr Kathy Ophel Keller
Acting Executive Director, SARDI
Phone: (08) 8303 9368
Dr Kathy Ophel Keller is currently the Acting Executive Director, South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), the research division of Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA). She oversees SARDI’s three research divisions - Aquatic Sciences, Livestock and Farming Systems, and Sustainable Systems - comprising 15 major science programs focusing on value-chain linkages, food security and production systems, natural resource and climate adaptation, product integrity requirements, innovation capability and biosecurity. SARDI has 320 scientific, technical and support staff working at 10 regional research centres in South Australia.
Dr Ophel Keller represents South Australia’s interests on the National Research, Development and Extension frameworks for Grains, Horticulture, Plant Biosecurity, Wine and Climate Change Research Strategy for primary industries. She is a member of the Crawford Fund Committee for South Australia and the Chair of the Participants Committee, Cooperative Research Centre for Plant Biosecurity.
Dr Ophel Keller’s research background is in plant biosecurity, and molecular detection of plant pathogens. She has a PhD in plant pathology from the University of Adelaide, and an undergraduate degree with Honours from the University of British Columbia.
Director, Agriculture Food and Wine
Phone: (08) 8429 0446
Justin was appointed, Director, Agriculture Food and Wine at Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) in 2012 to lead PIRSA’s engagement with the agriculture, food and wine sectors in South Australia and drive the Premium Food and Wine from our Clean Environment and Exported to the World economic priority.
The Agriculture, Food and Wine division is also responsible for delivering key programs to fast track the development of the food processing sector in South Australia whilst also leading PIRSA’s facilitation of market access and development for the agriculture, food and wine sectors in South Australia.
Previously, Justin led PIRSA’s Agribusiness team and was instrumental in the establishment of the food industry development program and market development programs with senior roles at PIRSA, Food Adelaide, Austrade, and the National Food Industry Strategy Limited (NFIS)
He has contributed to developing and leading market development programs for government and industry at a State and Commonwealth level and prior to his public service was a director of a private unlisted company for many years.
Justin holds a B. Ec (Adel) MBA (Adel) and is passionate about the development of agri food industries in regional Australia and specifically through an increased understanding of the markets and the changing development drivers in agri business.
Director, Finance and Prudential Management
Phone: (08) 8429 0534
Stephen Johinke was appointed Director Finance and Prudential Management in May 2011. He is PIRSA’s Chief Financial Officer, and is responsible for delivering PIRSA’s financial and prudential management responsibilities, and managing critical relationships with central agencies and key stakeholders.
PIRSA’s Finance and Prudential Management area provides financial services that are tailored to meet the specific needs of stakeholders, customers and employees, including: internal and external financial reporting requirements; budget process; financial governance arrangements (policies and procedures) for the agency; coordination of budgets; business and financial modelling for fee structures and cost recovery; detailed financial reporting and analysis; prudential/due diligence advice; legal services coordination; state and commonwealth financial assistance schemes; and preparation of funding agreements.
With nearly 20 years of experience, Stephen has previously held senior financial management positions at the SA Water Corporation and the Department for Environment and Heritage (now Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources), after starting his career at the Department of Treasury and Finance.
Stephen holds a Bachelor of Commerce, and is a Fellow of CPA Australia.
Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Operations
Phone: (08) 8429 0510
Peter was appointed Director Operations, Fisheries and Aquaculture in May 2011 and is responsible for the leadership and management of Compliance Operations, Offshore Patrol Operations, Intelligence and Strategic Support, Prosecutions, Leasing and Licensing, Business Services and the Fishcare Volunteers program.
Peter has 40 years of experience in the compliance and regulatory environment with extensive knowledge and skills in legislation, policy development and operations management. Prior to joining PIRSA in 2006 he served with SAPOL in various operational and leadership roles as a Senior Prosecutor, Trainer and Senior Detective. He has worked in both regional and metropolitan postings including Major Crime, Anti-Corruption, Crime Training and several reviews and change management projects.
Since his appointment as Director Operations he has been responsible for the implementation of a series of change management strategies to introduce fishery specific risk based, intelligence driven and outcome focussed compliance programs. He has also driven the development and implementation of Site Rehabilitation, Debt Management and eBusiness programs.
Peter is a member of a number of national committees. He has played a primary role in the development and implementation the Australian Fisheries National Compliance Strategy, the development of a national training and qualification package for Fisheries Officers and a National Model for Fisheries Compliance Effective Measurement. He has also developed and delivered training programs for interstate and international training courses.
Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy
Phone: (08) 8429 0111
Sean Sloan is the Director for Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy in South Australia, and is responsible for fisheries and aquaculture management, policy development, research priority setting, environmental monitoring and aquatic animal health for South Australia’s fisheries and aquaculture sectors.
Sean has professional fisheries science qualifications from the University of Tasmania and has worked in fisheries management for nearly 20 years, in the Commonwealth and State Governments of Australia and in the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency based in the Solomon Islands.
Sean has recently led the development of National Guidelines for harvest strategy development for Australian fisheries, which are a formal requirement under the Marine Stewardship Council certification process.
Phone: (08) 8429 0432
Rob is Director of Forestry and leads a team to support the development of South Australia’s forest and wood products industry particularly those incorporating value adding and advanced manufacturing principles.
Rob has spent 10 years working in forest policy with an emphasis on achieving social and economic outcomes from the state’s forest and forest products industry. Since 2014, Rob has provided leadership and strategic policy advice with major areas of focus being the South East Forests Partnership Program, which is investing $27 million to drive industry innovation, and the Mid North Forests Future Strategy, which is determining the future of the industry in that region following the devastating bushfires.
Previously Rob held senior positions in PIRSA as General Manager Agribusiness Development, General Manager Strategy, and earlier as Manager Community Forestry with ForestrySA. His achievements during this time included developing the state’s first forest industry strategy, managing the community use and biodiversity conservation of South Australia’s forest reserves, and developing a range of forestry educational resources and programs.
Rob is well known among the forestry sector and broader community, and widely acknowledged for his skills and experience in deriving public value from government-owned forestry assets.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Physical Geography), a diploma in Wildlife and Park Management and is a graduate of the Public Sector Management program.