Personnel Profiles:

Rosemary Henderson

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Rosemary Henderson

Rosemary Henderson has been the managing director of Protech Consulting Pty Ltd, since its formation in May 1989. She graduated from La Trobe University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) degree. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology, a certified Practising Agriculturalist (CPAg) and a member of the Australasian Register of Agricultural Consultants.

Prior to establishing the consultancy she worked in research and development for Hoechst Agrivet for 11 years after periods with the Soil Conservation Authority and the National Parks Service. Her career with Hoechst started in the field conducting field trials with experimental products and then moved into the regulatory area. Her major tasks included maintaining the registration of all agricultural, horticultural and animal health products by assembling data and preparing submissions for the registration of new products. She recorded, collated and assessed agricultural trial reports from local and overseas sources and co-ordinated the analysis of trial data. Her responsibilities also covered updating product labels to ensure they complied with relevant regulations. She prepared and presented technical data and information for use in training, marketing and sales and the production of technical and promotional literature. As editor of the Hoechst Agrivet journal, 'The Herxter', Rosemary was responsible for the circulation of technical information to research and sales staff in the field.

As managing director of Protech Consulting, Rosemary provides technical support to a range of companies servicing the agriculture industry. She also contributes to Industry Associations through committee involvement. As a member of the Weed Science Society of Victoria Inc., she has been its secretary from 1982 to 1986 and first woman president from1987 to 1989. She was the organizing secretary of the first International Weed Control Congress in Melbourne in 1992. A long term member of the AVCARE Victorian committee, Rosemary held the position of Chairman for two years and Secretary for six years.

Janet Macdonald

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Janet Macdonald

Janet Macdonald also graduated from La Trobe University with a B.Agric.Sci. (Hons) degree. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology (AIAST), a member of the Register of the Australian Association of Agricultural Consultants (AAAC) and is a Certified Practicing Agriculturalist (CPAg).

Janet previously worked for the CSIRO Division of Animal Production in new product development and novel administration methods, particularly controlled release applications, of animal health and nutritional products for sheep and cattle, encompassing laboratory work through to field trials and liaising with companies commercializing the new products.

Janet has been working with Protech Consulting since Jan 1991, preparing submissions for approval of new active constituents, registration of new agricultural and veterinary chemical products, and ongoing regulatory support for crop protection and animal health companies. This support includes submissions to the APVMA in Australia and the ACVM Group and ERMA in NZ, maintenance and updating of existing registrations, label updates, applications for trial permits, updating MSDS's, knowledge of hazardous substances and dangerous goods legislations.

Catherine Jorgensen

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Catherine Jorgensen

After graduating from the School of Agricultural Science at Melbourne University, Catherine began her career in the Agricultural Chemical Industry twelve years ago with Shell Agrochemicals as a Field Development Technical Officer. During this time she planned, conducted and reported on field evaluation trials. She then spent a short time as a Sales Representative for companion animal vaccines with Cyanamid Websters, before taking a Regulatory Affairs position with AgrEvo. There she concentrated on Regulatory work in Crop Protection whilst also providing technical support to Market Development activities for four years. More recently she has resumed her professional career in a part-time capacity due to family reasons, but remains committed to providing Regulatory Affairs and other services for a range of product types.

Sally Stewart-Wade

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Sally Stewart-Wade

After completing a Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Biology (Honours), Sally Stewart-Wade continued on at RMIT University doing a PhD on biological control of weeds using fungi. She then worked as a Plant Pathologist for 18 months at the (former) Department of Agriculture, Knoxfield, before venturing over to the University of Guelph in Canada for three years to do postdoctoral research into bioherbicides. She has spent the last ten years as a lecturer at the University of Melbourne, where she has honed her expertise in plant disease and scientific communication.

Sally is particularly skilled at distilling large amounts of complex technical information into succinct summaries and clearly communicating information to a variety of audiences, including other scientists, industry stakeholders, school and university students, and laypeople. Her strengths include ensuring multiple, varied tasks are completed simultaneously to a very high standard in a timely manner. Sally has recently taken on copyediting for CSIRO Publishing and joined Protech Consulting in March 2010.