Dr Sam Beckett


PO Box 8016

Gundaroo, NSW





Sam, formerly a rural veterinary practitioner, holds Bachelor s and Master s degrees in Veterinary Science (University of Sydney) and a PhD in import risk analysis (Massey University, New Zealand). The research component of Sam s Doctoral thesis was to design and implement the computerised expert system, HandiRISK (Help with Animal Disease Risk Analysis). This software was developed in partnership with NZ MAF and under the co-supervision of Dr Stuart MacDiarmid, and is currently being marketed through Massey University.

Professional Experience

Sam Beckett is currently an Associate Director of Broadleaf Capital International (Broadleaf), an independent risk management consulting firm. In this role, Sam provides advice to Government and industry in Australia and overseas about methods and models for risk management, and, as required, takes carriage of individual risk management projects.

Before joining Broadleaf, Sam Beckett was employed as Principal Veterinary Officer for the Australian Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), where he was responsible for the development of Biosecurity Australia s Guidelines for Import Risk Analysis and for methodology issues associated with Australia s obligations under the WTO SPS Agreement. Sam was also responsible for investigating and implementing measures to improve the efficiency with which Biosecurity Australia (Animal Biosecurity and Plant Biosecurity) carried out import risk analyses, and for issues associated with their transparency and presentation.

Contribution to the Profession

Whilst employed by DAFF, Sam was also directly responsible for carriage of a number of high-profile import risk analyses, and for advice to Biosecurity Australia Risk Analysis Teams on methods, models and assessments. In 2002 he was nominated for a Commonwealth Government Australia Day Award for his work on BSE.

Sam has organised and conducted numerous training and extension exercises in risk analysis and epidemiology in Australia and overseas. He is a Member of, and currently Head Examiner in epidemiology for, the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists. Sam has contributed papers on animal health and production, epidemiology and risk analysis to many international journals and has provided editorial critique for Preventive Veterinary Medicine, the OIE Scientific and Technical Reviews, the Australian Veterinary Journal and the New Zealand Veterinary Journal. Sam has also been asked to sit on an international OIE Ad Hoc Group on Risk Analysis and Surveillance.