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Board of Directors

Agribio Board of Directors

The Biosciences Research Centre Board (Agribio) comprises six Directors, three nominated by the Victorian Government and three nominated by La Trobe University.

The independent Chairman is selected by agreement of both the shareholders.

The Board meets regularly through the year and provides guidance to the Joint Venture Executive Officer on the management of AgriBio.


The Chairman of AgriBio is:


Dr Kenneth V Loughnan AO

Dr Kenneth V Loughnan AO

Ken is a senior International Company Chairman with extensive experience in Chairing Boards in both the public and private sectors around the world. His international appointments across some 15 countries, have included Chairs of entities in the US, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, India, South Asia, North Asia, NZ and the Pacific Region.

Over the past 20 years, his Chairman appointments have spanned agriculture, telecommunications, advanced technologies, labour hire, recruitment, contract management, call centres, manufacturing, automotive, environmental science, waste management, clean carbon applications, and international trade as well as global security and threat assessment.

Ken has also performed the role of Chairman of a range of organizations in the public sector where he has a passion for driving improvement, efficiency and effective utilization of technologies. His many appointments have included Emergency Service Organisations (police, fire, ambulance & rescue), Defence, Agriculture and Gaming.


The Directors are:


Mr Lachlan Bruce

Mr Lachlan Bruce

With 20 years of public sector executive experience, six at Deputy Secretary level, Lachlan has held senior executive roles in the Victorian and South Australian Public Services managing major projects and development proposals.

These roles have been focussed on delivering policy and program initiatives, and major infrastructure and change projects and have involved managing large teams, engaging, influencing and leading a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders and remaining commercially astute in all dealings with private sector participants.


Dr Amanda Caples

Dr Amanda Caples

Victoria’s Lead Scientist
Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
Victorian State Government

Dr Amanda Caples (BSc Hons PhD GAICD) is Victoria’s Lead Scientist, a ‘catalyst’ responsible for working across the Victorian Government to identify opportunities for economic outcomes by building relationships between business, the research sector and government. Amanda brings to the role broad experience in technology commercialisation, public policy development and governance of public and private entities.

Amanda joined the Victorian public service in 2002 as the inaugural Director of Biotechnology and subsequently was appointed as the Executive Director Science and Technology and Deputy Secretary Sector Development and Programs to drive the state's science agenda. In these roles, Amanda has led the development of industry sector strategy plans, delivered research-led health initiatives, regulatory and legislative scientific reforms and established international business development and research alliances. Amanda has worked with Commonwealth agencies on national science and innovation policies and programs, including the Australian Synchrotron and the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme.


Mr Andrew Peacock

Mr Andrew Peacock

Andrew Peacock is the incumbent Director of Strategic Sourcing and Procurement at La Trobe University

Andrew transitioned to Strategic Sourcing and Procurement as a career choice in 2001 within a large European pharmaceutical packaging manufacturer. Since that time Andrew’s career in Strategic Procurement leadership has spanned the UK, New Zealand, Australia and South East Asia. The majority of this experience was gained in Shell New Zealand, Australia and Asia Pacific operating units, primarily in the “downstream” including Shell’s Retail, Corporate Services, Lubricants, Marine, Aviation and Bitumen businesses.
Shell’s divestment of downstream businesses in Australia occurred in 2014 at which point Andrew took up his current role at La Trobe University.


Ms Jenny Selway

Ms Jenny Selway

Jenny Selway, (BEng Hons, B Sc, GAICD, FIEAust) is a non executive director and engineering executive with broad international experience in the management and operation of major infrastructure assets in the energy industry. Her career has included leadership and management roles for production facilities based in Australia, USA, Chad, Canada, and PNG. She has extensive experience in joint venture management and enjoys working collaboratively with multiple stakeholders to find solutions to complex problems. Jenny has been appointed by the to the AgrioBio board as an Alternate State Director where she brings strengths in strategy, risk management, governance and joint venture management.

Jenny is a Fellow and Chartered Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia in both Asset Management and Leadership & Management. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has formally recognised skills in joint venture management, and has completed a number of business and leadership courses at international institutions. With her particular interest in ESG issues, Jenny is also undertaking postgraduate studies at the Australian National University Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions.


Mr Mark Smith

Mr Mark Smith

Mark Smith has been the Chief Financial and Operations Officer of La Trobe University since 2017. He is a senior Corporate Commercial, Finance and Operations Director with extensive experience in leadership, financial analysis, forecasting, profit improvement, strategy development, business development, stakeholder and operations management.

Mark spent the bulk of his career at Accenture in various finance and commercial roles across the world.

He also has experience across a range of industries including facilities management, retail, property development, manufacturing and service delivery.

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