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Animal Health Australia works with its Members to maintain and improve Australia’s favourable animal health status, to ensure the viability of Australia’s livestock and aquatic industries.

AHA’s success depends largely on its ability to harness appropriate human resource skills and apply them to developing, implementing and managing the achievement of the agreed outcomes. The management team combines skills in business, financial and program management, policy development, planning, negotiation, accounting, communications, information technology and administration.

If you would like more information about any of the programs or projects managed by AHA, please contact one of the staff members listed below by email or by phoning (02) 6232 5522 or +61 2 6232 5522 outside Australia.

To contact a relevant member of AHA staff, email addresses are in the format of the first name initial followed by last name


Management team

kathleen-plowmanMs Kathleen Plowman – Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Kathleen is an experienced and successful leader in policy and strategy development and implementation. Before becoming CEO at AHA, Kathleen was the General Manager of Policy at Australian Pork Limited, Acting CEO and Policy Director at Pork Council Australia, and Policy Director at Wool Council of Australia. She began her career at the Reserve Bank of Australia and later worked in business management consulting and training in the financial sector.

Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Economics (hons) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is passionate about making a difference to the prosperity of farmers and the rural and regional communities that rely on them. She also believes in the power of education, and the economic empowerment and support of those in our society who are less fortunate.


aha-eshphoto-031Dr Peter Dagg – Executive Manager, Emergency Preparedness and Response Services

Peter has previously worked for the Australian government, where he managed key initiatives related to national emergency animal disease preparedness and response, veterinary public health, risk analysis, biotechnology, antimicrobial resistance and international standards for chemical residues in foods and zoonotic diseases. He provided policy and scientific advice during the Australian responses to the 2007 equine influenza, the 2009 pandemic (H1N1) influenza outbreak and Hendra virus incidents from 2005-2010.

Peter is a veterinarian, with post-graduate qualifications in veterinary pharmacology and agriculture. He is currently a Director of Eastern Animal Health Professionals, which provides scientific advice to government agencies, private sector companies and livestock producers. Peter also manages a 212 hectare Dorper and White Dorper sheep stud.


aha_tony-marksMr Tony Marks – Executive Manager, Corporate Services

Tony has extensive senior executive expertise in financial and general management, gained in federal and state government agencies, the not-for-profit sector and publicly listed companies. Tony has held several positions as CFO, Head of Corporate and CEO in other organisations and served on school and research grants Boards. He is a past President of CPA’s ACT Divisional Council and continues as a Divisional and National Representative Councillor.

Tony holds postgraduate qualifications in accounting, applied finance and management. He is a Fellow of CPA Australia and the Financial Services Institute of Australia as well as a Chartered Tax Advisor. He has also recently completed a Global Executive MBA with Sydney University for which he was awarded a scholarship.


Ms Jackie Poyser – Executive Manager, Communications and Training Services

Jackie commenced with AHA in 2015 after a long career working as a communications and membership expert in the private health sector, with a strong focus on rural health issues. Jackie also has many years’ experience in event management and the delivery of training programs. Jackie is part of a dynamic team who is responsible for driving AHA’s communication and engagement strategies.

Jackie holds tertiary qualifications in Communications (Major in Advertising, Marketing and PR) and is a recent graduate of the Executive Ready Program run through the Australian School of Applied Management.

Jackie is also an Executive Committee Member of the National Rural Press Club – a cohort of agriculture communications specialists who are looking to highlight issues affecting rural and regional Australia.



Other staff

  • Ms Liz Anderson – Executive Coordinator
  • Ms Alannah Andreini – Communications Officer
  • Ms Danika Barnard – Communications Coordinator
  • Dr Rob Barwell – Senior Manager Biosecurity
  • Ms Bryanna Beattie – Biosecurity Coordinator
  • Ms Sarah Burns – Facilities Coordinator & Executive Support
  • Mr Ben Byrne – Training Project Manager
  • Mr Ryan Diessel – Communications Coordinator
  • Ms Jane Frances – Aquatic Project Manager
  • Ms Emily Galbraith – Events and Administration Coordinator
  • Dr Francette Geraghty-Dusan – Veterinary Manager
  • Dr Kathy Gibson – Senior Manager Special Projects
  • Mr Daniel Hadiwibawa – Graphic Design Coordinator
  • Mr Yuta Himura – Graduate Officer Emergency Preparedness
  • Ms Helen Jenkins – Aquatic Biosecurity Liaison Officer
  • Dr Ian Langstaff – Senior Manager Surveillance
  • Mr Tom McCue – Senior Manager Business Development
  • Ms Gabrielle Morrice – Project Manager AUSVETPLAN Review
  • Ms Chloe Mylonas – Graduate Officer Biosecurity
  • Ms Sarika Pandya – Graduate Officer Emergency Preparedness
  • Dr Claire Petterson – Training Coordinator
  • Ms Kristy Piper – Project Officer Training Services
  • Dr Brendan Pollard – Senior Manager Emergency Preparedness
  • Ms Yasmin Rahman – Payroll and Accounts Officer
  • Ms Jenna Ryu – Surveillance Officer
  • Ms Emily Sears – Surveillance Coordinator
  • Mr Ashley Turner – Financial Controller
  • Ms Kelly Wall – Manager Welfare
  • Mr Andrew Wasswa – Finance Officer
  • Dr Belinda Wright – Senior Manager Emergency Response


If you are interested in joining our team at AHA, look for current vacancies on our Careers page.


Page reviewed: January 11, 2018