Ben Stapley
Executive Director

Ben Stapley commenced as Executive Director of Animal Medicines Australia in October 2016.

Prior to joining Animal Medicines Australia, he was the Chief Executive Officer of a major agricultural producer representative organisation. He has a strong background in advocacy, representation, policy development and media engagement, with extensive experience in chemical policy and advocacy that has included roles with the Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association (PACIA), CropLife Australia, Agsafe, AgStewardship Australia and the Commonwealth Department of the Environment.

Ben undertook his tertiary studies at the University of Adelaide and holds bachelors degrees in Architectural Design and Law.

Dr Charmian Bennett
Science and Technical Manager

Dr Charmian Bennett commenced as Science and Technical Manager of Animal Medicines Australia in February 2017.

Prior to joining Animal Medicines Australia, she was working at the Australian Veterinary Association on antimicrobial stewardship and animal health policy, following extensive experience in the research sector as a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University. She has a strong background in science, focussed on complex multidisciplinary issues and evidence-based policy development.

Charmian undertook her tertiary studies at Monash University, the University of British Columbia (Canada) and the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), and holds postgraduate degrees in environmental science, geography and epidemiology, as well as qualifications in effective communication and teaching in tertiary education.

Geoff MacAlpine
Regulatory Policy Manager

Geoff joined Animal Medicines Australia in June 2018.

With a background in applied science (agriculture) Geoff has held positions in the private and public sectors – business management, research and development, technical, regulatory, policy, company and industry representation at state, national, and international levels.  Organisations have included CSIRO, NSW Agriculture, NSW TAFE, Bayer, Rhône-Poulenc, Avcare, AgriScience, Accord Australasia, and the Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association (PACIA).

Geoff previously represented the interests of the animal medicines industry in his position as Technical Director of AMA’s predecessor, Avcare.

As Director Industry Development with PACIA, Geoff championed industry contribution to delivery of significant savings and opportunities.  This was achieved through effective lobbying and policy influence at political levels, with governments, agencies and departments; strong focus on solutions and business value; effective stakeholder engagement; and development of valued information products.

Vanessa Clark
Business Manager

Vanessa comes from an Advertising background in Sydney where she worked as Account Manager with clients such as Toyota and IKEA. Moving from Sydney to Canberra Vanessa worked at Point Project Management (now RMS) as Project Assistant/EA to the Canberra Principal. Following this she worked at Rork Projects, a construction company based in Canberra as Business Manager. Vanessa has now been with Animal Medicines Australia for over two years as Business Manager assisting in designing and implementing business plans and strategies, analysing resources and coordinating operations to ensure maximum productivity, management of accounts, HR and office operations.

Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sydney University and a Diploma in Advertising through UTS.