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Troeth announces membership details of new RIRDC Board.

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Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry




1 July 1999



The Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forest ry, Senator Judith Troeth, today announced membership details of the new Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Board.


Senator Troeth said the new Board would help ensure RIRDC continues to invest in R&D that will benefit Australia’s smaller rural industries as well as the wider rural sector.


She said the new Board members have been appointed for three-years and include: Professor Margaret Britz, Mr John Herbert, Ms Helen Cameron, Dr George Gardiner, Dr Paul Donaghue and Professor Rob Clark. They will join RIRDC Chair Professor Elizabeth Woods, who was appointed in January 1998.


“Professor Britz and Mr Herbert are sitting directors and, as such, will provide the RIRDC Board with a degree of corporate continuity,” Senator Troeth said.


“Professor Britz has a strong background in food science, agribusiness and science policy, while Mr Herbert has excellent corporate and strategic management skills following many years experience in commodity production and marketing.


“Of the other nominees, Ms Cameron brings to the Board commodity production, finance and marketing skills, while Professor Clark has an academic background complemented by his ownership of a horticultural enterprise.


“Dr Gardiner is the Chairman of the Ord River District Cooperative and has broad experience in horticultural and pastoral industries and in community development.


“Dr Donaghue has recently retired as Chief Scientist of Orica (formerly ICI), and brings with him knowledge and experience in marketing, science and technology and R&D administration.


“I’m confident the new Board has the right balance of expertise and experience to allow RIRDC to build on its past achievements and help promote what could prove to be some very significant rural industries for Australia over the coming years.”


Senator Troeth thanked the retiring members of the previous Board for their contributions over the past three years.


“RIRDC’s reputation as a dynamic and effective research investor owes a lot to their dedication and enthusiasm,” she said.


Further inquiries Senator Troeth’s office: Alex Staples (02) 6277 3002 or 0417 449 921



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