Meet Our Key Contacts

Phil FrostPhil has over 10 years experience in the evaluation and development of crop production inputs including herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, PGR's and nutrients. He works closely with a number of the local industries to develop practical solutions to agronomic issues with the aim of improving the efficiency and sustainability of crop production.
With offices in both Launceston and Devonport the Tasmanian team is well positioned to access the diverse range of crops and agricultural industries in Tasmania where a relatively reliable climate with mild temperatures is ideal for growing high quality crops.



Research interests

Weed management.

Evaluation and development of crop production inputs

Solving industry production issues




Agsafe accreditation


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Bronwyn HallerBronwyn joined Peracto in early 2010 and is based in our Devonport office.  Bronwyn has worked in research and extension capacities in a number of different areas relating to environmental and agricultural land management, and brings a broad general knowledge base to the Residues team. 

Her main role within Peracto is the management of GLP-compliant residue studies.




Bachelor of Natural Resources (Hons) – University of New England

Graduate Diploma in Rural Science – University of New England


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Orville HildebrandFor the past 28 years, Orville has been employed in different sectors of agribusiness in South Australia, with a strong emphasis on technical support, research, product development, and marketing.   Commencing as a Technical Officer and most recently as a Senior Agronomist providing services to horticultural, broadacre and pasture clients.



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Ian MacleodIan has headed up Peracto since 1985 and has responsibility for setting and implementing strategic direction and overall company management.








Research interests

Developing and managing research teams and networks nationally and internationally

Crop protection research, particularly in poppies, pyrethrum and horticultural crops


Education, Qualifications and Professional Affiliations

Bachelor of Science (Hons)

Diploma Company Directors Course

Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM)

Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)

Director of the Global Alliance of Independent Agricultural Consultants

Member, Ag Institute Australia

Member, National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants


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Paul MunroPaul manages Peracto New Zealand, from his facility in Pukekohe.

With over 20 years experience in field research with major chemical companies in New Zealand, he successfully developed and managed his own research company Alpha Research Ltd (now Peracto NZ).

Paul adds further depth to the Peracto residue team with his understanding of, and his ability to access, the diverse range of crops and agricultural industries in New Zealand.




Research interests

Pest and disease management

Integrated Pest Management

Grower focussed research needs



Diploma in Field Technology

Diploma in Agriculture

Member of NZ Plant Protection Society

Member of Royal Society of New Zealand

Member of Horticulture NZ Research and Innovation Board


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Hoong Pung Hoong has extensive experience and knowledge in a wide range of diseases including Sclerotinia diseases, grey mould, downy mildew, poppy fire, white blister, root and stem rots by Rhizoctonia, potato diseases such as black scurf, common scab, powdery scab, pink rot and dry rot. Since 1995, Hoong has conducted plant pathology research in approximately 20 industry funded horticultural projects with the aim of developing commercially acceptable integrated disease management strategies with chemical, cultural and non-chemical methods in a wide range of crops (e.g. apples, legumes, leafy vegetables, brassicas, root vegetables, potatoes, poppies, pyrethrum).


Research interests

Diagnostic services, laboratory studies and field trials within commercial crops to investigate, identify, screen, evaluate and develop plant disease control strategies. Hoong has a special interest in horticultural crop diseases, optimising and integrating chemical and non-chemical control strategies for soil borne disease management and overall crop and soil health.



B.Sc. (Hons)

Ph.D (Plant Pathology)


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Chris ThemsenChris is based in Bundaberg and undertakes contract research in a wide range of broadacre and horticultural crops throughout the Widebay/Burnett region of Queensland.

Research interests

Chris has experience in citrus production and pest management as well as sales, management and technical development in the agchem and vegetable seed industries.
Particular interest exists in IPM, capsicum variety development and virus management in solanaceous crops.



Bachelor of Applied Science (Horticultural Technology) – University of Queensland

Post Graduate Diploma of Science (Entomology) – University of Queensland


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Melissa WebsterMelissa is based in Devonport and manages the Quality Assurance Unit. 
Melissa has been with Peracto since early 2010 and came to us with more than 15 years of experience working with Quality Management Systems, within a variety of industries.

She provides the direction for our GLP compliance procedures and ensures our quality standards are of world class.  Her systems and quality background provide essential support to many aspects of the company including leadership in the important OH&S area.

Andrew Woodcock Andrew manages the business and administrative side of Peracto, including development and monitoring of the annual budget process, forecasting, performance tracking, staff recruitment and contract negotiation.

He is also involved with IT systems development.

He has been with Peracto since 2005 and comes from a business management background in a variety of industries including hospitality and mining.




Bachelor of Business (Accounting) - University of Tasmania


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Graduate Program

Peracto offers an outstanding career development program for graduates of Agricultural Science or related disciplines.

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