Grains Australia chief departs

Gregor Heard
By Gregor Heard
Updated January 14 2022 - 3:13am, first published 2:57am
Former chief executive of Grains Australia Jonathan Wilson has parted ways with the organisation.

THE CHIEF executive of newly-formed industry good body Grains Australia (GAL) has resigned after just over a year in the role.

Jonathan Wilson informed the board of Grains Australia he would be stepping down.

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In response GAL has appointed its non-executive director Andrew Young as interim chief executive while it hunts for a permanent replacement for Mr Wilson.

"Andrew is a highly experienced agribusiness leader who has held several senior executive and director roles across both grain and livestock supply chains over the past 26 years," GAL chairman Terry Enright said.

Mr Young is currently chair of Western Australia's largest pork producer, Westpork, and a director of grain accumulation and export business Plum Grove.

"The appointment of Andrew as interim chief executive will ensure the organisation maintains its strategic focus and momentum to deliver on its objective to combine a multitude of industry good functions under the one organisation," Mr Enright said.

He paid tribute to the contribution Mr Wilson had to getting the new organisation off the ground.

"Jonathan bought to the role enthusiasm, integrity and a relationship-oriented approach that was appreciated as we look to bring the industry together," he said.

"We wish him well in the next stage of his career."

Mr Enright said the change at management level would not impact GAL's goals.

"The board of GAL is committed to illustrating to industry a clear path to integration of grain classification, trade and market access, market information and education in a timely manner," he said.

"Following the integration of the Grains Industry Market Access Forum (GIMAF) we are well progressed with the integration of Wheat Quality Australia (WQA) and have taken responsibility for the daily administration of the National Working Party on Grain Protection (NWPGP)."

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Gregor Heard

Gregor Heard

National Grains Industry Reporter

Gregor Heard is Fairfax Ag Media's national grains industry reporter, based in Horsham, Victoria. He has a wealth of knowledge surrounding the cropping sector through his ten years in the role. Prior to that he was with the Fairfax network as a reporter with Stock & Land. Some of the major issues he has reported on during his time with the company include the deregulation of the export wheat market, the introduction of genetically modified crops and the fight to protect growers better from grain trader insolvencies. Still involved with the family farm he is passionate about rural Australia and its people and hopes to use his role to act as an advocate for those involved in the grain sector. Away from work, he is a keen traveller, having spent his long service leave last year in Spain learning the language.

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