PBRAC members

Chair - Mr Doug Waterhouse

Member with Appropriate Qualifications - Professor Andrew Christie

Member Representing Users - Ms Helen Dalton

Member Representing Conservation Interests - Ms Marnie Ireland

Member Representing Consumers - Mr Mark McKay

Member Representing Plant Breeders - Mr Christopher Prescott

Member with Appropriate Qualifications - Dr Roslyn Prinsley

Member Representing Indigenous Interests - Appointment process currently underway

Member Representing Plant Breeders - Mr Grant Wilson

Professor Andrew Christie

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Andrew Christie holds the Chair of Intellectual Property in the Melbourne Law School at the University of Melbourne.  He has Bachelors degrees in Science and in Law from the University of Melbourne, an LLM from the University of London, and PhD from the University of Cambridge.  He is admitted to legal practice in Australia and the United Kingdom, and worked for many years in the intellectual property departments of law firms in Melbourne and London.

Professor Christie has researched and published across all areas of intellectual property law.  His fields of expertise include patent law as it applies to biotechnology, and sui generis protection regimes such as plant breeder’s rights.  

Professor Christie is a former member of the Attorney-General’s Copyright Law Review Committee, the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Intellectual Property and Human Health, and the Innovation Minister’s Advisory Council on Intellectual Property.  He has acted as a Consultant-Expert for the World Intellectual Property Organization on a number of occasions.

Ms Helen Dalton


Helen Dalton and her husband Nayce own and manage their properties which consist of 805ha of irrigation and 3300ha of dry land farming. Farming activities include rice, corn and canola production, cattle and sheep breeding, winter cereals production such as wheat, barley and oats.

Helen’s involvement in the business relates to office work, day to day activities, environmental works such as native plant propagation and establishment, and other activities as stock husbandry, mustering, harvest, weed spraying and other related activities.

Helen also runs a small native nursery and consultancy business which in recent years has extended to dealing with buffer zones and windbreaks as well as areas salinity control and shelterbelts.

In 2006 Helen was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship and studied the “economic and ecological importance of native vegetation and biodiversity and farming systems in particular rice”. This provided her with the opportunity to study overseas, gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Presently Helen is an executive councilor on NSW Farmers and represents farmers across the state with water issues. Helen was also selected last July on the board of NSW Farmers.

Ms Marnie Ireland


Marnie Ireland has over 15 years experience in natural resource management, operations, strategic planning and consulting. Marnie has enjoyed senior roles in non-profit, Government and private sector organisations. 

Following completion of her environmental engineering, Marnie spent her early career within Australia's water industry in various roles ranging from catchment management to water recycling to contract management and regional scale strategic planning - working in Victoria, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.  Marnie then expanded her skills and interests through formal education including her current PhD by research (evaluating sustainable freight logistics to support remote economic participation) and an MBA specialising in incorporating triple bottom line principles into business planning and operations.

While in the role of Chief Operating Officer with the non-profit conservation organisation, Bush Heritage Australia, Marnie facilitated the development of their next 5 year strategic plan and was instrumental in steering the organisation from a non-profit mindset to a conservation enterprise with big plans to achieve significant gains in securing a suite of Australia's unique plants, animals, ecosystems and landscapes in collaboration with others, particularly Indigenous people.

As a consultant to Indigenous Business Australia and DEEWR's Indigenous Employment Program, Marnie has provided business development advice and strategies for  several Aboriginal clients establishing native produce enterprises.  This has involved developing IP agreements regarding native species and manufacturing processes, supply chains, food processing and product development advice and marketing strategies for bush foods and other native produce enterprises ranging from micro-enterprises to SME's.

Mr Mark McKay


Mark is a hands-on farmer at Warren running a 6500ha cropping and livestock farm in partnership with his wife and two sons. Winter cropping is the focus but cotton and livestock add diversity to the farm.

Mark has had a lifelong interest in developing farming systems that can handle the challenges of the Western Plains such as wide diversity of soil types and rainfall that can come at any time.

Many of the crop varieties we grow are covered by PBRs and we have an interest in making the system work effectively and efficiently for all parties.

Mr Christopher Prescott


Mr Prescott has 30 years experience in the cut rose industry, 24 of which as the Managing Director of his own enterprise, Prescott Roses Pty Ltd. He has formally taught commercial rose growing at Swinburne University and continues today as a consultant to the industry. He has worked as a Qualified Person (QP) since 1994 on roses and other ornamentals through a centralised testing centre where he processes many applications annually.

His involvement with Grandiflora Nurseries, a major cut rose agent and breeder, began in 2004 and he takes an active role on variety selections and IP strategies. He was nominated by the Nursery and Garden Industry of Victoria (NGIV) for his application. He currently resides in Clyde, Victoria.

Dr Roslyn Prinsley


Dr Roslyn Prinsley has recently been appointed as the National Science and Mathematics Education and Industry Adviser in the Office of the Chief Scientist.

Dr Prinsley was previously a Principal Strategic Consultant with Sinclair Knight Merz. Prior to this role, she held a number of senior positions at the Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC), most recently as General Manager New and Emerging Industries,  and was the Chair of Bioenergy Australia.  She also held the position of Manager of the Agricultural Sciences Program for the Commonwealth Science Adviser to the Commonwealth Secretary General in the UK.

Dr Prinsley holds a Bachelor of Science, a Diploma of Education (Science), a PhD in photosynthesis, and a Masters in Intellectual Property Law and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has published over 70 books and reports. 

Last Updated: 23/1/2014

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