Les Baxter is the Director, Agricultural Research and Development for Tasmanian Alkaloids Pty Ltd (TA). He is responsible for the strategic management of the TA Agricultural R&D program which aims to increase the yield and efficiency of agricultural and biological-based systems for the production of specific commercial alkaloids using innovative and technology-based solutions. Dr Baxter is also a member of the TA Executive Leadership Team.
Prior to joining TA, Dr Baxter was the Horticulture Research Program Manager with the Australian Commonwealth Government’s Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) which carried out Agricultural R&D in developing countries.
Dr Baxter has over 36 years’ experience in R&D management, general management, R&D, industry development and commercialization in the public and private sectors with an emphasis on agriculture, horticultural crops and extractive plant industries both in Australia and overseas. He began his career as a researcher working in plant breeding, agronomy and plant physiology on fruit and vegetable crops.
Dr Baxter holds a PhD from the University of Canberra, Masters Degrees in Agricultural Science (University of Queensland) and Business Administration (Southern Cross University), an Honours Degree in Applied Science (Horticultural Technology) (University of Queensland), and Diplomas in Agriculture (University of Queensland), Rural Techniques (Agriculture) (University of Queensland), Mathematics and Computing (University of Southern Queensland) and Law (Southern Cross University).