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New board for Grains Research and Development Corporation.



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The Hon. Tony Burke MP Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

New board for Grains Research and Development Corporation

26 November 2008 DAFF08/164B

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke has appointed new members to the Grains Research and Development Corporation board.

Both the new members and some returning members have been appointed until 30 September 2011.

Mr Burke said the group brought a range of skills and experience to help pursue research and development in the grains industry.

“The Rudd Government believes research and development are essential for the future of industries such as the grains sector,” Mr Burke said.

“Our research and development effort can help to boost productivity, improve drought tolerance and manage crop diseases.”

Mr Burke thanked retiring directors Ross Johns (also the board’s deputy chairman); Dr Don Plowman and Philip Young.

NSW grain grower Keith Perrett remains the chair.

The four new board members are:

Colin Butcher—a grain producer from Brookton in Western Australia. His farming business produces wheat, canola, barley, and hay for export, and sheep for meat and wool. He is also a board member of ChemCert WA and is a previous director of both CBH Ltd and the Grain Pool Pty Ltd. Mr Butcher has extensive experience in the grains industry and has represented the interests of grain producers at state and national levels. He also has a strong interest in the management and conservation of natural resources.

Jennifer Goddard—has 23 years of experience as an adviser to the Australian Government on national public policy, particularly economic policy, initially in the Treasury and then in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), including for the past four years as a deputy secretary in PM&C. She has extensive experience and understanding of government policy, processes and operations, with high-level policy experience across a wide range of macroeconomic, Commonwealth-state, industry, infrastructure and environment policy issues and extensive knowledge of Australian Government Cabinet and Budget processes.

Jeanette Long—a partner in a family farming business at Ardrossan in South Australia. Ms Long is also a partner in an agricultural consulting business specialising in farm consulting, research and development and training and facilitation. She is a board member of Australian Women in Agriculture Ltd, and has chaired the national program Partners in Grain since 2005. Ms Long has a range of skills and experience relevant to the GRDC including commodity production and marketing and sociology.

Professor Graeme Robertson—director of Curtin University’s School of Agriculture and Environment (the Muresk Institute) since March 2004, responsible for agribusiness, horticulture, viticulture, environmental biology, rangeland science and aquaculture. Curtin University is the

largest tertiary educator in agriculture in particular in broad-acre cropping, in Western Australia. He also chairs the Pastoral Lands Board of Western Australia. Previously Professor Robertson spent 10 years as Director General of the Western Australian Department of Agriculture and was the inaugural chair of the Land and Water Resources Research and Development Corporation.

The returning mmbers are:

Nicole Birrell—an operational risk management consultant with more than 25 years’ experience in banking and finance. She is also a director of SMS Management and Technology Limited, Superpartners Pty Ltd and a member of Wheat Exports Australia. She brings a range of relevant skills and experience to the GRDC including commercialisation of research and development.

Steve Marshall—a board director and consultant with a strong commercial background in the food industry. He is a director of Go Grains Health and Nutrition Ltd, a marketing and promotional entity for the grains industry. Previously he was Managing Director of Goodman Fielder Ingredients Limited. Mr Marshall was also a director and deputy chair of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, and a governing director of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation until 2007.

Professor Timothy Reeves—a director and principal of Timothy G Reeves and Associates Pty Ltd, a consulting firm specialising in international and national agricultural research and development, sustainable agriculture, natural resource management, international development and sustainable livelihoods. Previously he was Director General of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre in Mexico. He has a strong interest in climate change research, and international research and development.