Rachel was appointed to the role of Deputy Director-General and Chief Biosecurity in January 2023. Prior to this, Rachel was the Chief Operating Officer for the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority. A veterinarian by profession, she has worked in animal health, regulatory and government leadership roles for 25 years. In her role she leads the state’s efforts in the management of animal and plant pests and diseases, invasive species, animal welfare and agricultural and veterinary chemical control of use.

Rachel is the Queensland Government representative on the National Biosecurity Committee. Rachel’s focus is on effective public sector leadership, building organisational capability and strong, collaborative partnerships with stakeholders to ensure Biosecurity Queensland continues to protect Queensland’s ecosystems, industries and our way of life along with maintaining our reputation for product safety and integrity and ongoing market access for our commodities.

She is committed to lifelong learning having completed a Master of Human Resources and Organisational Development and an Executive Master of Public Administration.