Board Members

Darrin Hines – Agsafe Chairman

Darrin is the Chief Executive Officer of Adama Australia and a Director of CropLife Australia.

Nina Abbey

Nina Abbey’s experience spans a broad range of businesses and industries. She commenced her career as an officer with the Royal Australian Navy and has since worked in various operational and management roles, with a strong focus on risk management and safety. Nina joined Elders in 2011 and currently holds the position of the Head of Risk, Safety & Assurance as well as Joint Company Secretary. Nina has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Management from UNSW, and an MBA from RMIT.

Richard Dovison

Richard has extensive industry knowledge with over 25 years’ experience in Risk Management, Occupational Health and Safety, Insurance Management, Asset Protection, Compliance and Workers Compensation. Richard has held a number of Senior Management roles and understands the demands and complexities of running a business in the modern environment. Richard joined Landmark in September 2012 as the leader of the Risk and Compliance function.

Bill Dowdle

Bill Dowdle is the CEO of AgLink, an organisation that is owned by 23 of Australia’s largest independent rural retailers with 190 outlets across regional Australia. Until November 2012, AgLink was known as IHD Pty Ltd, the company Bill joined as General Manager in 2006. Before then, Bill was the Managing Director of T Systems Australia, a global irrigation technology manufacturer. Bill is well-qualified to help oversee Agsafe Ltd, bringing 36 years of industry experience from a wide range of activities to the Board. Throughout the 1990’s, Bill managed a large rural retail operation in Northern Queensland before taking up management of a wide-ranging branch network of rural outlets across northern Australia. Bill holds an Honours Degree in Rural Science and an MBA.

Nick Drew

Nick has a Bachelor of Applied Science and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is currently the Executive Manager of the Fertilizer Australia. FA engages in public policy development and implementation on behalf of the Australian fertilizer industry. FA runs a national training and accreditation program, Fertcare, with a strong focus on environmental risk management. Nick has 27 years professional experience in agriculture, including public sector research and extension, commercial production and in commercial and technical roles in the fertilizer industry.

Ian Saunders

Ian Saunders currently holds the position of General Manager/ Director of the Australian veterinary manufacturer, Troy Laboratories Australia Pty Ltd, a company that supplies the OTC industry under the TROY brand and the scheduled veterinary industry through the ILIUM brand. Ian believes that a strong manufacturing and animal health industry requires a commitment by all stakeholders to ensure that positive outcomes are achieved in terms of growth, achieving affordable and efficacious outcomes for end users and achieving a safe outcome for all stakeholders, hence his 6 year and ongoing directorship with the VMDA, 4 as president. His interest in animal health stems from his early years as a jackaroo on horse safaris through the Kosciusko National Park, his early training at Wagga Agricultural College and Macquarie University, then as a small land owner and finally working with companies like Cyanamid Websters, Vetsearch, Virbac and now Troy.

Stuart Carruthers

Stuart is the Group HSEQ Manager with Ruralco Holdings.

Ben Stapley

Ben is Executive Director of Animal Medicines Australia. Prior to joining Animal Medicines Australia Benwas the Chief Executive Officer of a major agricultural producer representative organisation. He has a strong background in advocacy, representation, policy development and media engagement, with extensive experience in chemical policy and advocacy that has included roles with the Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association (PACIA), CropLife Australia, Agsafe, AgStewardship Australia and the Commonwealth Department of the Environment.

Brad Williams

Brad is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer / Chief Financial Officer of CropLife Australia. Brad is also the Company Secretary of CropLife Australia. Brad is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Prior to joining CropLife Australia, Brad worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers where he obtained extensive experience in the preparation and audit of financial statements, including the not-for-profit sector. Brad also has vast experience in the provision of corporate governance advice, particularly relating to internal control frameworks and business process improvement.

Dominique Doyle – Company Secretary

Dominique Doyle has over 25 years experience in the areas of applied accounting and strategic management, having undertaken varied roles from accrual and budgeting, through to funds management accounting, as well as strategic and project management roles. Her in‑depth experience has been gained across roles ranging from within government agencies, including the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation, as well as large private entities, including Australian Ethical Investments and the Australian National University. Dominique possesses a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of Canberra and is a member of CPA Australia.