Chief Executive, Primary Industries and Regions SA
Phone: (08) 8226 0168
Fax: (08) 8226 0320
Scott Ashby was appointed Chief Executive of Primary Industries and Regions SA in February 2013. He brings to the role more than 20 years of leadership experience and knowledge in primary industries, water management, natural resource management, and environmental protection, as well as central agency experience.
He leads the Department at a time of key challenges in helping shape the future economy of our State, in particular our regions.
Scott will ensure the Department continues to build its reputation of a long history of excellence and drive a policy-focused, high performing, collaborative, trusted department that works in partnership with regional industry and communities.
Prior to this appointment, Scott was Chief Executive of the Premier's Murray Darling Basin Plan Taskforce in the South Australian Government. The Taskforce, established in June 2012, was successful in driving the State Government's response to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, and achieving its critical priority of securing a healthy future for the River Murray and the communities who depend on it. A major element of this process was engaging the South Australian and national community through the Fight for the Murray campaign.
Scott has previously held the positions of Chief Executive in both the Department for Water (DFW) and the Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation (DWLBC) in the South Australian Government. Scott has also held the positions of the South Australian Commissioner on the Murray-Darling Basin Commission and South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Officials Committee (BOC) member.
His central agency experience included Deputy Chief Executive in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC) in South Australia, where he led a number of policy and program divisions, and corporate services. Scott has worked in both the South Australian and Victorian public sectors since 1991, in a wide range of policy areas, including as Executive Director Strategic Policy in the Victorian Department of Primary Industries and a number of Executive positions in the Victorian Department of Natural Resources and Environment.
These roles included responsibility for policy areas addressing agriculture biosecurity, forestry, minerals and petroleum development, fisheries, science policy, regional economic development, natural resources management environment protection, water management, greenhouse and climate change, and intergovernmental relations.
Scott is a member of the Senior Management Council, the South Australian Government Information Communication Technology (ICT) Board, and the State Emergency Management Committee.
Professor Mehdi Doroudi
Deputy Chief Executive
Phone: (08) 8226 3994
As Deputy Chief Executive, Professor Mehdi Doroudi has responsibility for leading and influencing the activities of the Department in the achievement of legislative, policy, management and development outcomes, and other initiatives such as research and development that will support the responsible and sustainable management of primary industries in South Australia. Mehdi ensures strategic priorities are developed, aligned with the State Strategic Plans, and consistent with other State or Commonwealth relevant legislations.
Mehdi has responsibility for strategic management of Biosecurity SA, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Forestry, and the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) divisions.
In his previous role as Group Executive Director Mehdi was responsible for the activities of the Department that support the responsible and sustainable growth of agriculture, food, fisheries and aquaculture sectors in South Australia.
During his time as Executive Director of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Mehdi was responsible for sustainable management of the South Australian fisheries resources and also development of an internationally competitive aquaculture industry that is market-driven and environmentally and socially responsible.
From 2006 to 2009, Mehdi held the position of Chief, Aquatic Sciences for the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), where he was responsible for providing clients with effective, innovative and coordinated services with an aquatic resource management focus. These included aquaculture research and development, marine and freshwater ecological research, and environmental assessment together with fisheries biology, assessment, modelling and oceanography.
Mehdi completed his degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Tehran University and his PhD at the School of Marine Biology and Aquaculture, James Cook University. He also holds an affiliate professorial position with the University of Adelaide.
Mehdi has worked as a policy maker, an academic researcher and as an industry consultant in policy advice, science innovation and commercial operation in the field of primary industries with a particular emphasis on fisheries and aquaculture over the past 27 years. He has worked in the Caspian Sea, Persian Gulf and Oman Sea, as well as in Queensland, Western Australia, Northern Territory, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia and brings to his latest role considerable skill in strategic planning, project management, policy development, science and innovation, experimental design and monitoring programs.
Deputy Chief Executive
Phone: (08) 8226 0851
Tim Goodes was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive in February 2017 and is responsible for working with the Chief Executive and Departmental Executives to deliver the Government’s strategic agenda through his leadership of the Agriculture, Food and Wine, Regions SA, Rural Solutions SA, and Corporate Services divisions. Tim works with these divisions to assist primary industries and regions to grow, innovate and maximise their economic growth potential, by collaborating with industry, government, academic institutions and other community stakeholders.
Tim has formal qualifications in Nursing, Social Administration and a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Management from Flinders University.
Tim’s career began in the community sector and the last 24 years has been in the South Australian Government working across a number of agencies in service delivery, policy, management and leadership roles. Tim spent 12 years in the Justice portfolio, with executive roles in the Courts Administration Authority as the Sheriff of South Australia, and the Attorney-General’s Department as Executive Director Justice Strategy.
Tim served as an Executive Director in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet leading the delivery of corporate and whole of government services, before moving to the Department of Water Land and Biodiversity Conservation in 2009. Following Machinery of Government changes in 2010, he was appointed as the Deputy Chief Executive of the Department for Water, and following further changes to government in 2012, he became Deputy Chief Executive and Group Executive Director of Strategy and Advice in the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR).
In DEWNR, Tim was responsible for water resources management in South Australia, including serving as the Basin Official for South Australia pursuant to the Water Act 2007, leading Basin Plan implementation in SA, as well as advocating for South Australia’s position nationally. He was also responsible for science, natural resources management policy, climate change strategy and corporate planning and governance.
Executive Director, Agriculture, Food and Wine
Phone: 0408 000 650
As Executive Director of Agriculture, Food and Wine within Primary Industries and Regions South Australia, Jo drives the strategic direction and priorities of the agency and leads policies, programs and projects that support the state's economy and jobs.
Appointed in 2013, Jo leads and manages the Agriculture, Food and Wine division, which aims to grow the economic contribution of primary industries and agribusinesses through a market-driven approach to industry development.
Jo provides industry and economic analysis; develops and coordinates policy, strategies and reform; and fosters partnerships with key stakeholder organisations.
She brings to the Department extensive experience in strategy development, organisational performance and reform, communications and community engagement and positioning government agency effort to best deliver strategic policy outcomes.
In 2016, Jo played a key part in securing Adelaide, South Australia’s membership to the Great Wine Capitals Global Network, for which she is currently elected Vice President and also chairs South Australia’s Steering Committee.
She has held leadership positions with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources; the Premier’s Murray-Darling Basin Taskforce; the Department for Water and SA Health.
Jo served as a Board Director of both the South Australian Tourism Commission and Local Advisory Board for Economic Growth on Kangaroo Island from 2016 to 2019 and has been a Board Director for the Goyder Institute for Water Research since 2016 and a Board Member of the Rural Assistance Appeals Committee since 2015.
Jo spearheaded the Fight for the (River) Murray campaign, a cornerstone of the state’s ultimately successful strategy to secure an extra 450 gigalitres of water, and led the policy engagement underpinning Water for Good – South Australia’s plan to ensure water security to 2050 and beyond.
Jo holds a Master of Arts from the University of South Australia and is a Member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, validated by the University of South Australia.
Executive Director, Biosecurity SA
As Executive Director of Biosecurity SA, Nathan is responsible for leading and ensuring the efficient and coordinated delivery of South Australia’s biosecurity policy, strategies, legislation, procedures and activities, ensuring market access for our producers and protecting and improving South Australia's economic, environmental and social assets and public health.
Appointed to the role in August 2019, Nathan has wide-ranging experience in biosecurity regulation, policy development, operational service delivery, leading remote teams, and working collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders from national policy makers to industry. He brings to PIRSA a wealth of experience in policy development including across international fisheries, trade and market access, food security, agricultural productivity, and R&D.
More than 14 years with the Australian Government Department of Agriculture included senior roles with biosecurity operations of the department, in import regulation and export certification. As Director of the Inspection, Audit and Assessment groups of the Commonwealth’s Biosecurity Operations Division, Nathan was responsible for the regulation of all international imports in South Australia and the Northern Territory, including air and sea passengers, cargo and shipping.
Nathan holds a Bachelor of Arts and an Honours degree in Marine Science from Flinders University, and formal qualifications in government management.
Executive Director, Rural Solutions SA
Phone: (08) 8429 0352
Fax: (08) 8463 3336
Daniel Casement was appointed Executive Director of Rural Solutions SA in 2012.
Daniel continues to lead Rural Solutions SA's success as it focuses on regional program delivery, and modern-day extension and knowledge transfer.
Daniel has been with Rural Solutions SA since 2001 and has fulfilled leadership roles in primary industries development and extension, agribusiness, regional development and social sciences. Before this he worked in research roles with SARDI for the Australian seafood industry.
As a leader of a small executive team, Daniel brings high-level innovation, strategic and operational planning and management, leadership and human resource management skills to his role.
Daniel has experience in working in culturally sensitive areas through work with Indigenous communities across Australia, and with clients from the Philippines, Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling Islands), Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands.
In recent years, Daniel has applied his knowledge and experience to growing the business of Rural Solutions SA and leading his teams through difficult economic challenges, while ensuring strategic direction and growth.
Future success will see Rural Solutions SA become a globally recognised business focused on major program delivery, commercial operations and maintaining an industry and community information conduit through the operation of regional customer service centres. Rural Solutions SA will provide a responsive and reliable service to government and other clients, drawing on its strong background in technical excellence, and working with regional businesses and communities. The Rural Solutions SA business will provide highly skilled project teams in areas as diverse as land and soil management, agricultural production, food demand chains, mining and environmental restoration, Aboriginal and community engagement, international development programs and climate adaptation.
Daniel holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Fisheries). With more than 18 years working across Australia in primary industries, Daniel continues to deliver high-level technical consultancies and builds the organisation profile of Rural Solutions SA.
Dr Peter Appleford
Executive Director, South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI)
Dr. Peter Appleford was appointed to lead the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) in June 2017. Peter is responsible for the executive management and oversight of the South Australian government primary industries research capability, investment and delivery. SARDI delivers robust scientific solutions to support sustainable and internationally competitive primary industries.
Dr. Peter Appleford 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. He 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.
Peter is a highly-respected public sector executive with experience in implementing change while driving integrated and improved performance. He is proficient at delivering legacy-style change. He applies his four-fold technical expertise - driving change, delivery improvement, integration and leadership – to maximum impact within challenging and complex environments. Peter brings his visionary and energetic leadership style to inspire and drive better business outcomes. He applies decisive action and sound judgement to deliver value to SARDI’s objectives, their highly skilled people, stakeholders and the wider community.
Executive Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Phone: (08) 8429 0111
Sean Sloan was appointed to the role of Executive Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture in January 2018. Sean has over 20 years experience in fisheries and aquaculture management and development, holding senior positions in the Commonwealth and State Governments of Australia and at the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency based in the Solomon Islands.
Sean has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Fisheries) (with distinction) from the University of Tasmania/Australian Maritime College. Sean is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
As Executive Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Sean has overall responsibility for leading the management of commercial, recreational and traditional fisheries, aquaculture development and management, compliance operations, monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS), leasing and licensing, Fishcare volunteers, business service delivery, strategic planning, policy development, regulatory reform, environmental monitoring, aquatic animal health and research priority setting for South Australia’s fisheries and aquaculture resources.
Sean has led the development of policy frameworks on co-management and developed national guidelines for fishery harvest strategy development, which have been adopted by all Australian jurisdictions.
Sean is the current Chair of the Australian Fisheries Management Forum, and Chair of the Australian Aquaculture Committee. Sean is a member of the South Australian Research Advisory Committee, the World Fisheries Congress 2020 Organising Committee, Marine Innovation South Australia (MISA) and the Southern Bluefin Tuna Management Advisory Committee.
Phone: (08) 8429 0432
Rob is Director of Forestry and leads a team to support the development of South Australia’s forest and wood products industry particularly those incorporating value adding and advanced manufacturing principles.
Rob has spent 10 years working in forest policy with an emphasis on achieving social and economic outcomes from the state’s forest and forest products industry. Since 2014, Rob has provided leadership and strategic policy advice with major areas of focus being the South East Forests Partnership Program, which is investing $27 million to drive industry innovation, and the Mid North Forests Future Strategy, which is determining the future of the industry in that region following the devastating bushfires.
Previously Rob held senior positions in the Department as General Manager Agribusiness Development, General Manager Strategy, and earlier as Manager Community Forestry with ForestrySA. His achievements during this time included developing the state’s first forest industry strategy, managing the community use and biodiversity conservation of South Australia’s forest reserves, and developing a range of forestry educational resources and programs.
Rob is well known among the forestry sector and broader community, and widely acknowledged for his skills and experience in deriving public value from government-owned forestry assets.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Physical Geography), a diploma in Wildlife and Park Management and is a graduate of the Public Sector Management program.
Executive Director, Corporate Services
Phone: +61 8 8429 2152
As Executive Director of Corporate Services, Michelle Griffiths' primary focus is to work in partnership with the Department’s divisions to provide high quality, customer focussed corporate services, aligning with divisional needs and the Department’s directions.
Michelle joined the Department in January 2018 and brings diverse experience in corporate services.
Michelle has held roles as Director Finance and Business Services, Chief Financial Officer in Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.
Michelle has previously held roles in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, the Auditor-General's and the former Department for Water.
Michelle leads a dynamic group of people in People and Culture, ICT, Asset Management, Business Services, Finance and Prudential Management.
Michelle holds a Bachelor degree in Economics (Accounting), a Master’s in Business Administration and is a Fellow CPA.