Staff role changes for several key horticultural groups | Queensland Country Life


There have been several leadership and staff changes within horticultural organizations over the past few months.

Here’s a rundown on who does what.

New CEO for Ausveg

MICHAEL Coote was announced as the new CEO of Ausveg in May.

Mr. Coote has been a key member of Ausveg’s management team, having served as National Director – Export Development since 2014.

New CEO of Ausveg, Michael Coote.

Mr. Coote has a background in agriculture and government.

Ausveg Chairman Bill Bulmer said Mr Coote was well known to the Australian vegetable and potato industry.

“During his time at Ausveg, Michael demonstrated exceptional management, leadership and stakeholder engagement skills that have helped improve the export prospects of Australian vegetable growers in key markets” , said Bulmer.

Mr. Coote succeeds James Whiteside who has held the position since 2016.

vegetablesWA announces the resignation of its CEO

VEGETABLESWA CEO John Shannon resigned his post at the end of July.

Mr Shannon completed three months of long-term leave which he said gave him the opportunity to think about other career paths he would like to pursue.

VegetablesWA President Damir Kuzmicich said the management committee, staff and members expressed their thanks to Mr. Shannon.

“John has made a very significant contribution and impact as CEO of VegetablesWA over the past decade,” said Mr. Kuzmicich.

“He has been present for over 10 years, through very difficult and difficult times in the horticultural industry which, as we all know, is changing rapidly.

“During his tenure, John tackled issues related to changing water availability, threats from new pests and diseases, as well as workforce issues, while overseeing a strong and diverse team at vegetablesWA.

VegetablesWA will now begin a nationwide search for a new CEO. Manus Stockdale has been appointed interim CEO.

Almond Board sees staff movements

Changes have been made to key personnel at the Almond Board of Australia.

Ross Skinner will retire as CEO later this year, allowing for a smooth transition to a new CEO.

In advising the Board of Directors of his decision, Skinner said it has been a huge privilege to be given this role over the past 10 years.

He oversaw several major initiatives, including the establishment of the 60 hectare ABA Almonds Center of Excellence experimental orchard.

MOVING: Ross Skinner, outgoing CEO of Almond Board of Australia.

MOVING: Ross Skinner, outgoing CEO of Almond Board of Australia.

The recruitment of a new CEO of ABA has started.

Laurence van Driel also finished as ABA Marketing Director.

Mr van Driel has indicated that he will not keep his post after the annual general meeting in October.

He had a director for nine years. He is also moving away from his role with Select Harvests.

Debbie McMahon, ABA’s longest-serving staff member, will also retire in August.

Ms. McMahon has been with the organization for 13 years, assuming her administrative and financial role.

Hort Innovation in the process of appointing new directors

HORT Innovation is in the process of appointing three new directors to join its board of directors in accordance with its constitution which requires that one third of the members of the board of directors retire due to the length of their mandate.

All director nominees should have experience in finance and risk management, governance and compliance, strategy and business management, as well as a variety of other practical skills.

Applications closed on July 5. Applications will be submitted to the Hort Innovation Director Nomination Committee.

The four-person committee is made up of a representative of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, a representative of the taxpayer, a distinguished independent member and a current director of Hort Innovation. Board.

The Directors Nomination Committee will meet to determine a shortlist of candidates from the pool of candidates for an interview in August 2021.

The final candidates for the position of director will be announced before the annual general meeting in November and appointed at the event.

A sales professional joins the PiNata team

PINEAPPLE, strawberry and mango producer Pinata Farms has appointed Bronwen Louw to its national sales team based in Wamuran, South East Queensland.

Senior Account Manager, Ms. Louw has extensive experience selling fresh produce in her home country, South Africa and Australia.

IN: Bronwen Louw is the new Senior Account Manager for Pinata Farms.

IN: Bronwen Louw is the new Senior Account Manager for Pinata Farms.

She specialized in the export of citrus and deciduous crops from South Africa to West Africa, the Middle East and Europe before migrating to Australia 12 years ago. .

Ms. Louw is responsible for the sale and supply of Pineapple Piata, Strawberries, Honey Gold Mangoes and Raspberries to customers in national supermarkets.

Maguire joins The Yield

THE Yield Technology Solutions appointed Patrick Maguire as CFO in May.

Mr. Maguire will play a key role in the company’s expansion plans in the United States.

He is an experienced CFO and corporate secretary with a global career gained in public and private companies.

The Yield's new CFO, Patrick Maguire.

The Yield’s new CFO, Patrick Maguire.

Prior to joining The Yield, Mr. Maguire was CFO of QSR International, supporting the software company through a successful sale process to a US-based private equity firm.

He then spent the last two years in the United States supporting the business transition that followed.

The Founder and Managing Director of The Yield Ros Harvey said she was delighted to welcome Mr. Maguire to the team.

“Performance is at an exciting growth stage which will be driven by the completion of a Series A capital increase this year,” said Harvey.

“This will lay the groundwork for the Series B capital increase scheduled for next year to support entry into the US market.”

Tim Ebbeck has become the new independent chairman of The Yield's board of directors.

Tim Ebbeck has become the new independent chairman of The Yield’s board of directors.

The Yield has also appointed Tim Ebbeck as the new independent chairman of the board.

Mr. Ebbeck has extensive experience in counseling, management and consulting. He was previously CEO of ANZ at SAP and Oracle and Commercial Director of NBN Co.

He has held CFO positions at a number of multinational technology companies and board positions at ReadyTech (ASX.RDY), Tymlez (ASX.TYM), CPA Australia and Nextgen Distribution.

Amber Atkinson leaves vegetables WA

VEGETABLESWA’s Communications and Policy Officer, Amber Atkinson, is leaving the organization.

Ms Atkinson coordinated the weekly email newsletter, as well as industry updates, webinars, WA Grower quarterly magazine, and helped disseminate COVID-19 information, relevant to growers.

Ms. Atkinson is about to take on another role in the agriculture industry.

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