The BHA Team

The BHA team fosters a culture of innovation and excellence founded on the premise that effectively applying research to real-world situations is the pinnacle of success. With cross-functional expertise in commerce, engagement, research, development and manufacturing each member brings a depth and breadth of skills – not to mention a sense of purpose that goes beyond the bottom line. Above all the BHA team embraces diversity, encourages opportunity and strives for solutions.

Duncan Ferguson
Board Chair Director

Experience: Duncan brings over 15 years of experience in industry and commercially focussed research collaboration, investment, IP management, commercialisation and start-up boards. He is currently Commercialisation Manager, Agriculture and Food, Business Development and Commercial for the CSIRO.

Prior to joining CSIRO, he held commercialisation and business management roles in research and investment organisations including BSES Limited, Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries and Livestock Australia and Director of Commercialisation for Uniquest. He has managed technologies across animal and plant supply chains, including genetic and genomic tools, pest and disease control, breeding, automation and robotics, value-added food products, biopharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals

Belief: Collaboration and effective planning achieve mutually beneficial milestones and deliver results above and beyond expectations.

Peter Riikonen
Peter Riikonen
Managing Director / CEO Board Member

Experience: Peter has 30-plus years in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries, with a particular interest in investing in innovative ideas for biotechnological applications.

For the past 20 years Peter has held various executive roles in sizeable pharmaceutical organisations, managing all aspects of the product life cycle from inception, through to development, operations and distribution to the customer.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Science (Chemical Engineering).

Belief: By tapping into the knowledge of dedicated team players and clients we make smart – and right – decisions.

Aspiration: To transform a number of innovative biological research outcomes into industrial agricultural solutions of lasting benefit.

Stephen Denaro
Company Secretary

Experience: A pivotal player in national and international mergers and acquisitions, business valuations, accountancy and financial services, Stephen understands the intricate operations required for successful ASX listed and unlisted companies.

His particular expertise in Corporate Governance has given him insight into realising commercial opportunities well beyond the technical applications.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Business (Accountancy). Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance.

Belief: That the complex, and often obscure, details when woven together result in outcomes far bigger than envisaged and become a model for success.

Aspiration: To build a strong financial base and diverse market penetration to guarantee BHA continued viability and growth.

Associate Professor Vic Galea
Head of Science and Development

Experience: With more than 30 years’ national and international experience in research and lecturing, Vic has specialised in beneficial fungi and diseases of vegetables, fruit, field crops and native plants.

Vic’s interest and enterprise in plant pathology have led to numerous research projects and discoveries in the fields of horticultural crops, the management of plant disease using biological methods through to his current large-scale research into the development of effective bioherbicides.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Science with Honours. Doctor of Philosophy (Plant Pathology).

Belief: Sustainable and environmentally effective solutions in nature will enhance agricultural productivity – and sharing these research outcomes with those that benefit is a key driver for success.

Aspiration: To create extraordinary opportunities for BHA and our clients through partnering, networking, shared goals and ground-breaking results.

Christine Borthwick
Head of Communications and Stakeholder Management

Experience: More than 25 years in communications, engagement and public affairs, Christine brings a practical and focussed approach in building long-term, positive relationships with clients and industry.

She has particular expertise in understanding the various stakeholder contexts and strategic objectives to ensure the smooth execution of program or project deliverables.

Qualifications: Registered Nurse. Bachelor of Business Communications.

Belief: Effective and honest communications underpin sustainable stakeholder relationships, build trust and lead the way for mutually beneficial outcomes for all parties.

Aspiration: To communicate the real benefits of this growing technology to the entire agricultural industry.

Dr Ken Goulter
Head of Product Development and Operations

Experience: Growing up on a farm, Ken has developed a deep knowledge of the life of plants – from diseases of the sunflower through to engineering crops for disease resistance and sugarcane biotechnology.

He has particular expertise in microbiological applications, protein biochemistry, molecular methodologies for isolating encoding genes and, more recently, in the area of bioherbicides for agricultural pest management.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Environmental Resource Management. Masters of Science and Biopharmaceuticals. Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Pathology.

Belief: Harnessing the natural ability of microorganisms can transform the way we deliver better solutions for agricultural management.

Aspiration: To develop practical solutions and delivery mechanisms for safer, smarter and more sustainable management practices for the agricultural industry.