Dr Jessica Lye leads the Science & Extension project team at AUSVEG Ltd., Peak Industry body for Australian vegetable and potato growers. Areas of expertise include plant biosecurity policy, exotic pest incursion response, agricultural engagement and extension, science communication, and promoting agricultural innovation and practice change. Jessica is currently a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Women in Agriculture. In 2016, Jessica received the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award (Victoria), an award that identifies and supports emerging women leaders who have the desire, commitment and leadership potential to make a greater contribution to primary industries and rural communities. Jessica currently leads several industry levy funded projects encompassing agrichemical needs and priorities, sustainable farming, exotic pest management, plant pest surveillance, and farm biosecurity. She is industry representative on the Consultative Committee for Emergency Plant Pests, and sits on multiple committees, including the Commonwealth Imported Seed Regulation Task Force, and the Farm Productivity and Resource Use Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the Vegetable R&D Levy (Hort Innovation).