2020-21 Board of Directors

The Association of Biosafety for Australia and New Zealand (ABSANZ) is governed by the Board of Directors.


Stephen Coulter - President


Stephen is the founder and director of Coulter Advisory Pty Ltd formed to provide specialist and independent design support and facility assessment for complex facilities. With over 19 years’ experience working as a consulting engineer for two of Australia’s leading multidiscipline pharmaceutical, biological containment and specialist laboratory design consultancies, Stephen has gained significant knowledge and understanding of the complex requirements for Physical Containment facilities. In his current role, Stephen is heavily involved in working as a client advocate, providing specialist facility design solutions and advice on technology intensive processes and facilities. Stephen has a practical approach to the design, construction and hands on commissioning of these complex facilities. Stephen adds meaningful value to both microbiological and engineering facets of the design by combining his engineering and biochemistry degrees with his extensive diverse local and international project experience.

Stephen is a Department of Agriculture and Water Resources accredited third party Approved Arrangement Assessor, a passionate and active participant in the regulatory environments of both the OGTR and the relevant Australian Standards as well as being an IFBA certified Professional.  Stephen has been a member of ABSANZ since 2011 and has actively participated in several roles including development and delivery of conference workshop material, development of IFBA training material, production of the ABSANZ newsletter, active participation in the finance committee, the professional development and standards committee and serving as chair of the editorial committee for several years.


Barry Wards


Dr Wards spent 20 years as a research scientist, primarily working in mycobacterial research and animal disease. He now works in a regulatory oversight role with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), developing facility standards and overseeing the approval and compliance program for containment facilities across New Zealand. 

He is the MPI liaison point with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), a member of the CH-046 AS/NZ 2243 committee and sits on three of the technical subcommittees for parts of the standard series, including 2243.3: Microbiological safety and containment.


Bernadette Bradley


Dr Bernadette Bradley has been the Biosafety Advisor for Curtin University in WA for the last eight years. She has developed and implemented a comprehensive bespoke biorisk management system for the business, and advised about the design of several physical containment facilities concurrently with the development of the facilities’ management strategies.  She is also interested in change management, incident investigation, and biosafety training. After her PhD studies in agricultural genetics, she worked for four years as a medical genetics research scientist and three years as the Biological Compliance Officer at the University of Western Australia.   



Carl Ramage

Carl is Director of Rautaki Solutions, a business that supports national and international AgBiotech organisations across public and private sectors. He focuses on providing strategic and operational direction in biosafety and bio-risk management.

Carl sits on several agriculture industry committees, including Institutional Biosafety Committees and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

His career has focused on building sustainable capability and capacity in biosafety and bio-risk management. He is actively involved in the development and implementation of compliance management frameworks and compliance plans for physical containment facilities (PC1 to PC3) as well as programs for the intentional release of genetically modified organisms into the environment. Carl also assist clients with regulatory strategy as well as drafting risk assessment dossiers for submission and assessment by regulatory authorities.

Carl is passionate about building both national and international regulatory cooperation and identifying opportunities for regulatory efficiency. His core objective for ABSANZ is to bring his leadership and strategic abilities, collaboration skills, and industry expertise, to ensure ABSANZ continues to support members, provide effective advocacy and deliver against the ABSANZ mission.


Lisa van Duin

Lisa is the Biosafety and Biosecurity Officer at Deakin University where she is responsible for managing the organisational oversight of biorisk as well as providing advice on biosafety and biosecurity.

Lisa originally qualified as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, specialising in virology and holds a Master of Science degree from Massey University. Lisa is registered and certified with ABSA International as a Biosafety Professional and certified as a Specialist Microbiologist in Biosafety. Lisa has more than 15 years’ experience working in accredited diagnostic and public health laboratories in New Zealand, moving to working as a full time biosafety professional in 2012. Lisa has extensive knowledge and expertise in infectious disease detection and characterisation, laboratory quality and compliance management, biosafety and biosecurity management as well as training personnel in Physical Containment (PC2 and PC3) practice. Lisa’s recent focus has been in the development and implementation of organisational biorisk management systems. 

Lisa currently sits on the working subcommittee for AS/NZS 2243.3: Microbiological safety and containment and the ABSA International Biosecurity Credentialing Taskforce. She also co-chairs the ABSANZ Regulatory Liaison Committee representing ABSANZ members on the Department of Agriculture’s Biological Consultation Group.


June Freeland


June, a professionally Chartered OHS Advisor, Biosafety Professional  and Chartered Biologist, has over 30 years experience authoring a range of scientific papers, university policy documents, and regulatory guidelines.

June’s collaboration with government agencies, nationally and internationally, and her wide knowledge of global biosafety has led to her creating several biological and general safety online training courses.  

In addition, she helped create an accredited Professional Biosafety Practitioner course which was subsequently adopted throughout the UK and introduced to the European biosafety community through the European Biosafety Association (EBSA) in which June was an active member. She also audited and reviewed EBSA training courses.


Michelle McConnell


Michelle McConnell has a PhD in Microbiology and holds dual roles at the University of Otago, as a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and also as the Biological Compliance Officer for the University.

In this second role she manages the university’s containment and transitional facility at the Dunedin campus and maintains oversight of the facilities at the Wellington and Christchurch campuses. The Dunedin campus houses the largest containment and transitional facility in New Zealand for microorganisms, GM animals , GM plants, GM invertebrates and organisms that are new to NZ such as Antarctic starfish and Xenopus as well as imported uncleared biological risk products.  In this role she supervises the Laboratory Compliance Co-ordinator and has oversight of 22 Sector Managers based in different departments within the University.



Richard Sale


Richard is a Queensland-registered Senior Architect with leading national architectural practice Conrad Gargett. After his architectural studies at the University of Queensland and post-graduate study overseas, including working in the UK, his interest in the field of technical facility design and construction aligned with his earlier concerns in the relationship between energy and buildings.

In a career spanning over thirty-five years he has focussed on the design and documentation of a range of laboratories, not least biocontainment facilities. He is has been involved in a laboratory specialist role in the design of such facilities across most Australian states, New Zealand and the Pacific. Like Stephen, he is a Department of Agriculture and Water Resources accredited third party Approved Arrangement Assessor.

Richard has also been an active participant in the Australian Institute of Architects and has held positions on the Queensland Chapter Council. He is also a former member of the state Education Committee and a long-standing member of the state Sustainability Committee and former Chair.

Richard has been a member of ABSANZ since its founding and has contributed to several ABSANZ Conferences as both a presenter and Committee participant.

Sean Lansley


Upon graduation from Curtin with the Bachelor of Medical Science, Sean obtained a position as a Medical Scientist in the Enteric lab at QEIIMC PathCentre (now PathWest) in 2003 with the Enteric lab being the state reference laboratory for Salmonella, Shigella and unusual parasites. After four years, there was an introduction of the National Health Security Act 2007. With the introduction of the Act, both Typhi and Cholera were classified as Security Sensitive Biological Agents (SSBA). For the next eight years, Sean was one of the few scientists from Enteric authorised to perform work on SSBA in this area.

In 2015 Sean was appointed the Senior Scientist for PathWest Biosecurity in the newly constructed PC3 lab. Within eight months, he was the scientist in charge of Biosecurity and Facilities due to pending retirements. For four years Sean had the privilege to work in Biosecurity.

Sean has recently been appointed the Chair of the ABSANZ Membership Development Committee.