General Manager – Emergency Response & Preparedness
Dr Susanna Driessen joined Plant Health Australia in May 2012 as General Manager, Emergency Response and Preparedness. This is a new position in PHA, taking on the EPPRD responsibilities previously held by Rod Turner, who retains the role of General Manager, Risk Management.
Susanna spent several years working in the floriculture, grains, cotton and plant biosecurity areas of state government departments of primary industries. She has a background in science and plant pathology, completing studies in biotechnology and an industry funded PhD in plant pathology from Murdoch University.
Susanna has a broad knowledge and experience in policy development, legislation and market access as it relates to plant health, working most recently in Plant Biosecurity, NSW Department of Primary Industries, as the Strategy Leader Plant Biosecurity Operations. In this role she was responsible for the operation of the NSW Interstate Certification Assurance scheme, as well as maintaining and developing new domestic market opportunities for NSW plants and plant products through representation on the national Subcommittee on Domestic Quarantine and Market Access.