Biosecurity Experts

Prof. Simon McKirdy 

Non Executive Chairman

Prof. McKirdy has international expertise in biosecurity and, in particular, plant biosecurity.  He completed his PhD in Plant Pathology at the University of Western Australia.  Prof. McKirdy’s experience covers research, policy development and the management of biosecurity within the government and private sectors.  His career has included the roles of Quarantine Plant Pathologist, Program Manager at Plant Health Australia, and eight years as CEO of the Australian Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre. Most recently he has held the roles of Biosecurity Science and Risk Manager, Chevron Australia, and is currently Professor Biosecurity and Sustainable Development Murdoch University.  He is Deputy Chairman of the Western Australian Biosecurity Council, which provides advice to the Western Australian government through the Minister for Agriculture, and is a board member for Bondi labs.

Prof. Yong Lin Ren

Chairman, Advisory Board.

Prof. Ren has a PhD in Applied Science from the University of Canberra. Prof. Ren specialises in post-harvest plant biosecurity with expertise in the use of fumigants, fumigant chemistry, controlled atmospheres, heat disinfestation, and methyl bromide treatments of grain, fruit, vegetable, timber and soil. Prof. Ren is an internationally recognised scientist who has led research teams in the development of management and commercialisation strategies for grain pest technology and quality control. He is the co-author of numerous publications and has initiated and worked on a wide range of research projects in the area of plant biosecurity.  Currently, he is a member of the Controlled Atmosphere and Fumigation Permanent Committee and the Australian representative on the Plant Health Quadrilaterals Scientific Collaboration Working Group: Methyl Bromide Alternative Project.