Ben Dowling (Seed Grower - Director)
A Certified seed grower living in Mt Gambier, South Australia, with having established his own business. Ben has a diverse experience in all aspects of ViCSPA’s operation. In the 1980’s, Ben was involved in development of a tissue culture lab and Minituber houses for NSW Agriculture. Ben worked for Technico Pty Ltd, as Technical Manager and a key player in commercialisation of Technico’s trade secret propagation technology, and package of agronomic protocols for mass plantings of TECHNITUBER® seed. Ben has strong experience in all aspects of seed potato production from tissue culture to certified seed. He has been involved in Potato variety improvement from replicated small plot trials, to bulk plantings.
Qualifications: B Sc (Applied Biology), Certified Soil Foodweb Advisor
Charlie Martel (Skills based - Director)
Charlie is a primary producer and a highly experienced corporate/commercial solicitor. Charlie practices across all areas of corporate, commercial and property law with a particular focus on clients that participate in the agribusiness and resources sector. Charlie’s legal and business experience coupled with his interest in agriculture brings a valuable skill set to ViCSPA’s board. With his family, Charlie operates a beef cattle enterprise in West Gippsland, Victoria.
Qualifications: B Econ and B Laws
Con Powell (Seed Grower - Director)
A Certified seed grower at Ballarat, Con has had significant experience in local government as a Shire President. Con continues to contribute to his local community as a justice of the peace. An industry leader as President of the Ballarat seed growers and former Chair of Seed Potatoes Victoria.
David Antrobus (Skills based - Director)
David is an Agricultural Scientist who has extensive experience in arange of Agricultural crops. In particular, he brings to the Board his considerable experience and knowledge on potato production and French fryp rocessing with an international perspective. Dave also has valuable experience and knowledge of PCN management strategies and is involved in leadership roles in the potato industry.
Qualifications: B Sc (Hons)
Ken Labbett (Seed Grower – Director)
A Certified seed grower at Ballarat, Ken has had a long history with his involvement in on-farm research trials on new cultivars and disease management. Ken is an industry leader through his previous involvement in many committees including SPV, HAL Industry Advisory Committee and many others.