Staff movements

October 18, 2022

Last month we welcomed Gavin Edwards, who joined the Plant Health Australia (PHA) Preparedness and RD&E team as a Project Officer in September 2022.

Gavin’s biosecurity career began in Canberra in an operational role with the former Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service. Since then, he has worked in various policy and operational roles for Australian, New Zealand and United States Government agencies, and most recently with the Northern Territory Government.

He will assist in the collection and analysis of plant biosecurity surveillance and R&D activities across Australia and the development of farm management materials to promote uptake of biosecurity activities among PHA Members.

This month we welcomed Luke McKee as a Project Officer in the Preparedness and RD&E team.

Luke has a Bachelor of Environmental Science from University of Canberra and brings a wide range of project management experience to PHA that he has developed through remote field work in applied ecology across southern NSW catchments through to biodiversity and biosecurity mapping and producer engagement in the Queanbeyan-Palerang regional council area.

Luke will assist in the review and development of Biosecurity Plans (BPs) for specific plant industries and the development of farm management guides, continuity plans and other material that contribute to the enhanced uptake of biosecurity activities amongst PHA Members.

Huge congratulations to Kathryn Pagler who recently graduated with first class honours in a Bachelor of Applied Science degree at the University of Canberra! As a Bee Biosecurity Project Officer, Kathryn’s thesis was titled ‘The Nature of European Honey Bee Gut Microbes in Australia’.