Dr Chris Parker has been appointed interim CEO of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA). The appointment follows the resignation of Ms Kareen Arthy, who resigned after it was announced that the APVMA would be moving from Canberra to Armidale.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources,, said Dr Chris Parker was appointed as interim CEO due to his valuable experience as a qualified veterinarian, a former farmer, and extensive experience in a range of private and government sector roles.
“This appointment will give the APVMA some certainty as it takes the next steps to build a world-class regulator of agricultural and veterinary chemical products in regional Australia,” Minister Joyce said.
“This appointment also gives us time to complete a comprehensive merit-based recruitment process for a permanent APVMA CEO, to be based in Armidale.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank outgoing CEO Ms Kareena Arthy for the leadership, skills and commitment she brought to the APVMA’s operation since her appointment in 2013.
“During Ms Arthy’s time as CEO, she has led the APVMA’s implementation of the 2014 reforms to streamline regulation, better align regulatory effort with risk and improve registration and application processes. Ms Arthy also developed the APVMA’s Relocation Strategy, and has commenced the preparatory work for the relocation of the APVMA to Armidale.”
The Deputy Prime Minister added, “The APVMA’s relocation to Armidale will deliver new jobs, increase the availability of skilled employees, and increase the diversity and resilience of Armidale’s economy.
“Strengthening Armidale’s agricultural science focus is already realising positive outcomes, with two new regulatory science post-graduate degrees recently established by the University of New England to deliver a ready source of highly qualified future staff for the APVMA.
“The government has embarked on a decentralisation program to grow jobs in regional Australia.”