Our people

CEO Jed Matz

Jed Matz, CEO

Jed is the CRCNA’s inaugural CEO.  He has more than 20 years of experience providing policy, strategy and operational leadership in Australian agriculture.

Jed works closely with CRCNA staff to coordinate and broker projects across northern Australia, with a particular focus on developing strategic policy solutions.

Before joining the CRCNA, Jed was the CEO of the Cattle Council of Australia.

Contact Jed: ceo@crcna.com.au


Allan Dale

Professor Allan Dale, Chief Scientist

As Chief Scientist, Allan’s extensive knowledge and experience across northern Australia informs and supports the strategic direction of science within the CRCNA’s investment portfolio.

Allan supports the CRCNA staff and CEO by overseeing and coordinating a range of projects with significant policy implications for the development of northern Australia. These include projects associated with industry/sector situational analyses, derisking landscapes for investment, identifying priority investors in northern Australian agriculture, and work concerning the cost of freight, communications and energy in the northern development context.

Allan is a Professor of Tropical Regional Development at the Cairns Institute, James Cook University.

Contact Allan: enquiry@crcna.com.au 


Anne Francis

Dr Anne-Frances Watson, Education Program Coordinator

Anne’s role within the CRCNA is to coordinate and lead the implementation of the organisation’s Education Program. A core aim of the CRCNA’s Education Program is to build and retain research capacity and workforce skills across the north by offering scholarships, bursaries as well as training and development opportunities to students.

Anne works closely with tertiary and education providers to identify research opportunities and support students in their studies and professional development.

Before joining the CRCNA team in Townsville, Anne was a Lecturer and Study Area Coordinator in Media and Communications.

Contact Anne: epc@crcna.com.au 
Anne works Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.


Sally Leigo

Sally Leigo, Northern Territory Project Manager

Based in Darwin, Northern Territory, Sally is responsible for identifying and brokering Northern Territory-focused research collaborations and supporting RD&E ventures which align with the CRCNA’s strategic investment plan.

Sally currently manages the northern Australian aquaculture, forestry, rice and health sector situational analyses,  the Integria Healthcare and the Menzies School of Health Research traditional medicinal plant agribusiness collaboration and Perfection Fresh’s Calypso™ mango export work

Before joining the CRCNA, Sally managed and led several beef cattle research and extension projects across the NT and Northern Australia, most notably the Precision Pastoral Management Tools project.

Contact Sally: ntmanager@crcna.com.au


Kristin Nunn

Kristin Nunn, Queensland Project Manager

As the Queensland project manager, Kristin works from the CRCNA’s head office in Townsville.

Kristin is responsible for identifying and brokering northern Queensland-focused research collaborations and RD&E ventures which align with the CRCNA’s strategic investment plan. As a project manager, Kristin’s extensive research management experience helps her support research providers with planning and reporting, ensuring research impact is meaningful and outputs delivered within set timeframes and budgetary requirements.

Some of the projects Kristin currently manages the Queensland regional supply chain studies, various Queensland broadacre cropping trials and Indigenous horticulture projects.

Contact Kristin: qldamanager@crcna.com.au


Catherine Marriott

Catherine Marriott, Western Australian Project Manager

Catherine is responsible for identifying and brokering northern Western Australian-focused research collaborations and RD&E ventures which align with the CRCNA’s strategic investment plan.

Some of the projects Catherine currently manages for the CRCNA include the  Tropical Rock Oyster project, the northern Australian beef sector situational analysis and the Kakadu Supply Chain projects.

Catherine has worked in management, consulting and leadership roles in the agricultural, research and regional development sectors in Australia and internationally, including as a Commissioner for the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).

Contact Catherine: wamanager@crcna.com.au
Catherine works Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.