Government confirms new APVMA CEO

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The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has welcomed the appointment of Dr Chris Parker as its new CEO.

Assistant minister for agriculture and water resources, Luke Hartsukyer, announced Dr Parker’s appointment as APVMA CEO yesterday.

"Dr Parker is a demonstrated leader who brings a wealth of experience, deep industry engagement and proven credibility with government and APVMA stakeholders to this role," said Minister Hartsuyker.

"He has been able to achieve a significant amount during his short time acting as interim CEO, and I look forward to him progressing this work."

Since his appointment as interim CEO in June 2017, Dr Parker has delivered key policies that support staff retention and relocation, finalised the APVMA Armidale business operating model and progressed internal reform to improve operational performance.

"He will continue his work delivering the relocation of the APVMA to Armidale, helping build a Centre of Agricultural Excellence at the University of New England," added Minister Hartsuyker.

"This will deliver new jobs to the region, increase the availability of skilled employees, and increase the diversity and resilience of the region's economy."