Board Members

Jeremy Burdon


Jeremy Burdon has extensive experience as a Non-Executive Director and international reputation as a scientist, research manager and strategic planner. His broad interests across all plant-based agricultural industries developed through a previous role as Chief, Division of Plant Industry, CSIRO (2003-12). Subsequently those interests were further developed through serving on the Board of Trustees of Bioversity International (2009-15), on the Board of the Grains Research & Development Corporation (2011-17), as Chair of the Australian Academy of Science’s National Committee for Agriculture, Fisheries & Food (2015-17), and on the Boards of the Cotton Research & Development Corporation (2017-20) and Sugar Research Australia (2019-22). Currently Jeremy is a Non-Executive Director of the Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority (2022-present); and a special advisor to the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility.

To his role as a non-executive director, Jeremy brings extensive practical knowledge of Australia’s R&D chain and international linkages, extensive strategy and business management development skills, a deep understanding of the complexities of plant pathogen associations in both agricultural and natural settings, and considerable experience in governance and compliance. He has been a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 2004.

As an evolutionary biologist, Jeremy was elected to the fellowship of Australia’s two leading science bodies (AAS; ATSE) and made a foreign fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Science. He has published extensively and has received numerous national and international science awards and recognition.