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Australian Seed Federation chooses new CEO

The board of the Australian Seed Federation has appointed Katherine Delbridge as the organisation’s new chief executive officer.

The board of the Australian Seed Federation has appointed Katherine Delbridge as the organisation’s new chief executive officer.

Australian Seed Federation president Rowena Petrie said she is pleased to have someone of Delbridge’s calibre to lead then next chapter of the foundation.

“Australian Seed Federation members are facing challenges regarding the international trade and movement of seed, biosecurity threats and more serious weather events, all while trying to ensure healthy seed is available for sustainable agriculture and food systems,” Petrie said.

“That’s why it is so valuable to have a strong industry voice in the Australian Seed Federation.”

Delbridge said she is delighted to be appointed CEO.

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“Seeds are at the foundation of agriculture, that’s why it’s so important to have a strong seed industry. I’m excited to work hard for an industry devoted to healthy, high-quality seeds,” she said.

Delbridge joins the federation from CropLife Australia, where she led the government and industry relations, and corporate affairs portfolios for the past five years.

She has significant experience across corporate communication and advocacy fields and management both within Australia and internationally.

Prior to CropLife Katherine spent a decade with National Disability Services, the peak industry body for disability service providers, as a key part of the campaign team which brought about the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Delbridge has held the position of General Secretary for Workability International. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communications) from the University of Technology, Sydney.

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