Dr William Ryan
Dr Ryan is currently the Chairman of the Agricultural Produce Commission of Western Australia and a member of GRDC’s Western Panel. Dr Ryan also provides independent consulting services to a range of clients in the agricultural sector and has been a member of an international team that reviewed the agricultural education, training and research system of Morocco.
Dr Ryan has previously been the CEO of the Kondinin Group (2003-2008) and a senior executive with the Heytesbury Group (1994-2002).
In 2005-06 Dr Ryan was a member of the Federal Government’s Agriculture and Food Policy Reference Group. Prior to this, Dr Ryan was involved in animal production research with the Western Australian Department of Agriculture.
Appointed on 16/10/14 until 30/09/17
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (UWA); PhD (UWA)
Ms Heather Stacy AM
Ms Stacy has extensive agribusiness experience with a career in non-executive and executive roles in the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors within Australia and internationally.
From 2008 to 2014, Ms Stacy held senior roles with the Fonterra Co-operative Group in Australia and New Zealand. Previous executive roles included positions with BlueScope Steel, United Dairyfarmers of Victoria, Simplot and Metro Meat International.
Ms Stacy has considerable experience in strategic planning and execution, as well as strong skills in commercial management, supply chain, stakeholder engagement, innovation and leadership. Her corporate experience spans the agribusiness, industrial and fast moving consumer goods sectors.
Ms Stacy is passionate about the agricultural industry and rural and regional Australia. Ms Stacy is a recipient of the Australian Rural Leadership Program and an ANZAC Fellow.
Ms Stacy has held board positions previously with the Victorian WorkCover Authority and Central Bayside Division of General Practice.
Appointed on 16/10/14 until 30/09/17
Dip App Sci (Ag); MBA (UofSA); GAICD; Grad Cert Rural Leadership (JCU)
Dr Keith Steele
Dr Steele has served as a Director on numerous company boards, including as Deputy Chairman of Beef CRC Limited (2006-2013), Deputy Chairman of eWater Ltd (2005-2012), Chairman of eWater Innovation Pty Ltd (2007-2011), Chairman of the South Australia Natural Resource Management Research Alliance (2008-2010), Non-Executive Director of AgResearch Australia Pty Ltd (2000-2001) and Chairman of Analytical Research Laboratories Ltd in New Zealand (1998-2001).
Dr Steele is currently Managing Director of Steele Business Solutions Pty Ltd and is also contracted by AusIndustry as a Case Manager for Commercialisation Australia.
Previously Dr Steele was Chief Executive Officer of AgResearch Ltd in New Zealand (1997-2003), a company that had annual revenues exceeding $130 million and a staff of 980.
Dr Steele has also served as Chief Scientist (1991-1995) and then Executive Director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (1995-1997).
Appointed on 16/10/14 until 30/09/17.
DPhil (Chemistry) (Waikato University, NZ); MAgrSc (1st Class Honours in Soil Science) (Massey University, NZ); BAgrSc (Massey University, NZ)
Dr Len Stephens
Dr Stephens is currently the Managing Director of the Seafood CRC Company Ltd, a Cooperative Research Centre involving 30 industry and scientific partners focused on seafood productivity and market development.
His previous positions and experience are: Company Director - Dairy Australia Ltd (2007-2010); Principal - Global Innovation Options Pty Ltd - Management Consultancy (January 2007-June 2007); Chairman - Australian Wool Exchange, Industry Standards Advisory Committee (2007); Chief Executive Officer, Australian Wool Innovation Ltd (2003-2006; General Manager, Meat & Livestock Australia Ltd (1996-2003, Southern Program Manager, Meat Research Corporation (1996-1998); Inaugural Director, Victorian Institute of Animal Science (1987-1996; Company Director, Daratech Pty Ltd (1990-1995); Director, Regional Veterinary Laboratory, Bairnsdale, Victoria (1982-1987.
Appointed on 01/07/11 until 30/06/14. Extended to 30/09/14. Reappointed on 16/10/14 until 30/09/17.
AICD; Dip Agr Sci; BVSc; MSc; PhD