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Chiefs for Gender Equity profile - Scott Ashby

Chief Executive, Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA)

Scott AshbyScott Ashby was appointed Chief Executive of Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) in February 2013. He brings to the role more than 20 years of leadership experience and knowledge in primary industries, water management, natural resource management, and environmental protection, as well as central agency experience.

He leads PIRSA at a time of key challenges in helping shape the future economy of our State, in particular our regions. The State Government’s strategic priority of Premium Food and Wine from our Clean Environment drives PIRSA’s business.

Scott will ensure PIRSA continues to build reputation of a long history of excellence and drive a policy-focused, high performing, collaborative, trusted department that works in partnership with regional industry and communities.

Prior to this appointment, Scott was Chief Executive of the Premier’s Murray Darling Basin Plan Taskforce in the South Australian Government. The Taskforce, established in June 2012, was successful in driving the State Government’s response to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, and achieving its critical priority of securing a healthy future for the River Murray and the communities who depend on it. A major element of this process was engaging the South Australian and national community through the Fight for the Murray campaign.

Scott has previously held the positions of Chief Executive in both the Department for Water (DFW) and the Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation (DWLBC) in the South Australian Government.

Scott has also held the positions of the South Australian Commissioner on the Murray-Darling Basin Commission and South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Officials Committee (BOC) member.

His central agency experience included Deputy Chief Executive in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC) in South Australia, where he led a number of policy and program divisions, and corporate services.

Scott has worked in both the South Australian and Victorian public sectors since 1991, in a wide range of policy areas, including as Executive Director Strategic Policy in the Victorian Department of Primary Industries and a number of Executive positions in the Victorian Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

These roles included responsibility for policy areas addressing agriculture, biosecurity, forestry, minerals and petroleum development, fisheries, science policy, regional economic development, natural resources management, environment protection, water management, greenhouse and climate change, and intergovernmental relations.

Scott is a member of the Senior Management Council, the SA Government ICT Board, and the State Emergency Management Committee.

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