Our people

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Anne Stünzner, Chief Executive Officer

Anne has more than 20 years experience working and leading teams in agriculture, research and development, and strategic economic and policy development.

She comes to the CRCNA having previously worked as the Executive Officer for Growing Central Queensland, CEO for the Central Queensland Forest Association and Senior Advisor for the Minister of Northern Australia and Resources . Most recently Anne has worked as a strategy, advocacy and economic advisor for local governments and regional economic development organisations in central-western and far north Queensland.

As a north Queenslander, Anne understands the challenges of doing business in the north but is also passionate about the vast opportunities which exist across the region and how using good science can overcome impediments to the development and underpin sound decision making processes and governance frameworks.

Contact Anne: 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, de-risking 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 


                    Carla Keith, General Manager 

Carla Keith

As the CRCNA’s General Manager, Carla oversees the delivery of the organisation’s research programs and day-to-day operations of the CRCNA, including strategic communications, media and stakeholder management.  Carla also manages the CRCNA’s education and workforce development program.

Before joining the CRCNA, Carla worked in strategic communications, stakeholder engagement and business development for raw sugar marketer Queensland Sugar Limited and spent seven years as a radio journalist and news director for a regional radio network.

Contact Carla : generalmanager@crcna.com.au 


Dr Ian Biggs Queensland Project Manager

Dr Ian Biggs, Senior Project Manager

Working from the CRCNA’s head office in Townsville, Ian is responsible for identifying and brokering Queensland-focused research collaborations and RD&E ventures, which align with the CRCNA’s strategic investment plan.

After acquiring a PhD in crop physiology, Ian has gained extensive experience in developing and managing projects in all aspects of Research, Development, Extension and Adoption in agricultural science and industry development, gained while working in government research organisations, university, and agricultural consultancy.

As Queensland Project Manager, Ian will use his experience of research process and project management to work with stakeholders in all CRCNA’s focus areas to develop and support projects targeting northern Australia’s economy and community.

Contact Ian: qldmanager@crcna.com.au 


Anthony Curro

 Anthony Curro, Senior Project Manager

Possessing a diverse background, Anthony brings a wealth of experience supporting private and corporate business, research organisations, universities, Local/State and Federal government and natural resource management companies in relation to agriculture and community health initiatives. 

Based in Townsville, Anthony joins the CRCNA team with a focus on water infrastructure, which includes prioritising, de-risking and brokering agricultural development across Northern Australia. Involving working across jurisdictions to improving water sustainability and provide a pathway for future development and improve the health and wellbeing of the north’s communities.

Themes of water storage and extraction, new water efficient cropping systems, new catchment scale development models, mobilising indigenous water resources and lifting human capacity and skills in the water sector will be a key consideration for Anthony.

Contact Anthony: a.curro@crcna.com.au 


Sarah Docherty

 Sarah Docherty, Senior Project Manager

Sarah brings to the CRCNA more than a decade of project management and business development experience. 

A high-school mathematics and science teacher by trade, Sarah joins the CRCNA after working with North and West Remote Health in Mount Isa where she was responsible for overseeing the delivery and compliance of the service's Community, Aged and Disability programs and contracts.

Based in Mount Isa, Sarah is responsible for identifying and brokering new research collaborations across Northern Australia. As a Senior Project Manager, Sarah will also continue to support CRCNA project participants and stakeholders.

Contact Sarah: s.docherty@crcna.com.au