Dr Prue McMichael is a Plant Pathologist whose career has focused on biosecurity and plant health management in horticulture and viticulture. Her professional roles have spanned research, extension and consulting, with positions held in California and South Australia. In consulting (with Scholefield Robinson), she was engaged primarily in technical, forensic and legal matters related to plant health, crop loss, biosecurity, plant movement practices and propagation material quality.

Prue graduated with B Ag Sc from the University of Adelaide and from the University of California, Davis, with an MSc and PhD in Plant Pathology. She has been a past Chair and director of the Dried Fruits Research and Development Council (DFRDC), long-term Secretariat of the National Vine Health Steering Committee, and member of the Premier’s Climate Change Council (SA). Prue is a Fellow of the Ag Institute Australia (AIA).

Although officially retired from active consulting, Prue maintains a strong interest in biosecurity and quarantine matters, and in industry engagement and capability building. She is a director of Plant Health Australia and currently serves on committees within Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, the AIA (SA) and in Water Polo SA. Prue was appointed to the Board on 1 July 2016.