Dr Bertie Hennecke named Chief Environmental Biosecurity Officer

Dr Bertie Hennecke, Chief Environmental Biosecurity Officer at DAFF

Dr Bertie Hennecke has been named the Chief Environmental Biosecurity Officer for the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF). Deputy Secretary of Biosecurity and Compliance, Chris Locke, welcomed Dr Hennecke’s appointment and further said that Dr Bertie Hennecke brings many years of knowledge and experience to the position.

What does Dr Hennecke bring to the role?

“Dr Hennecke’s background is in natural resource management, invasive species, and agricultural sciences, with about 30 years of experience in the public service and academia. He holds a PhD in Botany and a master’s degree in International Agriculture,” Locke said.

Chris Locke, Deputy Secretary of Biosecurity and Compliance at DAFF

“Dr Hennecke has held senior leadership roles in the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) and several of the department’s plant biosecurity areas. The position is purposely to liaise between government and the community to raise awareness and build Australia’s capacity to manage biosecurity risks.”

“Dr Hennecke’s skills will ensure he excels in this national leadership role. I congratulate him and wish him the best of luck in the role. We also thank outgoing Chief Environmental Biosecurity Officer Dr Robyn Cleland for her significant contributions to environmental biosecurity during her time in the role and wish her all the very best in her retirement.”

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