Our people

Anthony Curro

Anthony Curro, Chief Executive Strategy and Engagement

Possessing a diverse background, Anthony brings a wealth of experience supporting private and corporate business, research organisations, universities, government and natural resource management organisations in relation to agriculture and community health initiatives. 

Based in Townsville, Anthony is responsible for leading the CRCNA's strategy, engagement, business development and impact monitoring priorities. He is also responsible for water development research that de-risks and brokers opportunities for agricultural development across Northern Australia. 

Contact Anthony: a.curro@crcna.com.au


Sarah Docherty

Sarah Docherty, Chief Executive Operations

Sarah brings to the CRCNA more than a decade of project management and business development experience. 

Based in Mount Isa, Sarah is responsible for leading the CRCNA's operations and also manages a diverse portfolio of research into First Nations led business development, aquaculture industry growth and health service delivery. 

Sarah is a former teacher, and previously worked for the North and West Remote Health in Mount Isa where she was responsible for overseeing the delivery and compliance of the service's Community, Aged and Disability programs and contracts.

Contact Sarah: s.docherty@crcna.com.au


Dr Ian Biggs Queensland Project Manager

  Dr Ian Biggs, Senior Project Manager 

Working from the CRCNA’s head office in Townsville, Ian is responsible for identifying and brokering Queensland-focused research collaborations and RD&E ventures, which align with the CRCNA’s strategic investment plan.

After acquiring a PhD in crop physiology, Ian has gained extensive experience in developing and managing projects in all aspects of Research, Development, Extension and Adoption in agricultural science and industry development, gained while working in government research organisations, university, and agricultural consultancy.

As Queensland Project Manager, Ian will use his experience of research process and project management to work with stakeholders in all CRCNA’s focus areas to develop and support projects targeting northern Australia’s economy and community.

Contact Ian: i.biggs@crcna.com.au


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Belinda (Bel) Carlson, Creative Content 

Belinda is a passionate advocate for the sustainable development of Northern Australia. Prior to joining the CRCNA she worked for the Australian Government’s Office of Northern Australia where she led the coordination of the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia, and strategic communications and engagement to support economic policy outcomes.

Belinda was also a Senior Adviser with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in the Indigenous Affairs Group for the Arnhem Land and Groote Eylandt region as well as a Government Business Manager across Arnhem Land and the Southwest Gulf of the Northern Territory.

Belinda has a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Cultural Heritage, an Advanced Diploma in Interior Design and a Diploma in Aboriginal Interpreting. Belinda is a member of the Northern Territory Commonwealth Heads of Agency, Northern Territory Government ArtsNT advisory board, and the Developing Northern Australia Conference committee.

Contact Bel: b.carlson@crcna.com.au


Allan Dale

Professor Allan Dale, Chief Scientist

 As Chief Scientist, Allan’s extensive knowledge and experience across northern Australia informs and supports the strategic direction of science   within the CRCNA’s investment portfolio.

 Allan supports the CRCNA staff and CEO by overseeing and coordinating a range of projects with significant policy implications for the   development of northern Australia. These include projects associated with industry/sector situational analyses, de-risking landscapes for   investment, identifying priority investors in northern Australian agriculture, and work concerning the cost of freight, communications and energy in   the northern development context.

 Allan is a Professor of Tropical Regional Development at the Cairns Institute, James Cook University.

Contact Allan: enquiry@crcna.com.au