Dr Peter Appleford

Dr Peter Appleford

Executive Director, South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI)

Dr Peter Appleford leads the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) and is responsible for the executive management and oversight of the South Australian Government’s principal primary industries research institute.

SARDI has a strong reputation for technical excellence, undertaking applied science for the benefit of increased productivity, sustainability and adaptability of South Australia’s primary industries and food and wine enterprises.

Dr Appleford – a highly respected public sector executive – was appointed to the role of Executive Director in 2017, bringing with him experience in implementing change while driving integrated and improved performance.

Since his appointment as Executive Director, he has driven the development and implementation of the SARDI Strategic Plan 2018–2023. Dr Appleford will oversee strategic actions including the renewal of research and investment framework, strengthening of commercialisation activities within SARDI, the building of infrastructure and capability and expansion of collaborative activities.

Dr Appleford applies decisive action and sound judgement to deliver value to SARDI’s objectives, their highly skilled people, stakeholders and the wider community. He brings an energetic leadership style to inspire and address barriers to growth and drive better business outcomes.

Dr Appleford has spent nearly two decades as a senior leader in key Victorian Government agencies including the Department of Primary Industries and the Department of Sustainability and Environment.

He is a science graduate of the University of Melbourne, holds a PhD (Science) from James Cook University and is a member of the Institute of Public Administration and Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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