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 

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: qldmanager@crcna.com.au

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Dr Lindy Swain, Western Australian Project Manager

Based in Broome, Lindy 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

Lindy has extensive knowledge and experience working in rural and remote health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, project  management, research and government advocacy. Before joining the CRCNA, Lindy was the inaugural Director and an Associate Professor at the Kimberley Rural Health Alliance (KRHA) Majarlin Kimberley Centre for Remote Health at the University of Notre Dame and worked to establish innovative student health placements across the Kimberley.

Lindy is a member of the advisory councils of the National Rural Health Alliance, the Northern Australia Research Alliance, and the Kimberley Aboriginal Health Research Alliance.

Some of the projects Lindy currently manages for the CRCNA include the Northern Australian Tropical Rock Oyster project,the Kakadu/Gubinge supply chain project and the Cherabin (freshwater prawn)aquaculture project in Broome.

Contact Lindy: wamanager@crcna.com.au