Experienced grains industry professional Jonathan Wilson has been appointed as the inaugural chief executive officer of Grains Australia Limited (GA).
Mr Wilson, who has been involved in the Australian grains industry for almost two decades working with the pre and post-farm gate sectors.
He brings senior management experience in supply chain, trading, marketing, logistics and strategy, will commence the role in mid-December.
GA Chair Terry Enright said the Board has every confidence that Mr Wilson’s experience will enable him to deliver on GA’s mission to provide specific industry-good functions that enhance the sector’s competitiveness and profitability.
“Jonathan has a proven track record of negotiating change in his various roles across the industry,” Mr Enright said.
“It is this experience which convinced us that he understood the mission of GA and what we are seeking to achieve.
“Which is to consolidate the delivery of important services and functions on behalf of the entire grains supply chain.
“He has strong links right across the value chain and is vocal advocate for a sustainable and profitable industry in Australia.”
Mr Wilson has served on many industry boards, including the Wheat Classification Council and the Boards of the Australian Grain Exporters Association and the National Grower Register.
In 2019-20, he led the development of the South Australian Grain Industry Blueprint on behalf of Grain Producers SA and the South Australian Government.
He worked across the entire value chain to provide direction to grow the SA industry over the next decade.
Most recently, he has been working as a consultant to the agriculture sector, primarily on commercial and strategy matters.
Mr Wilson said he was looking forward to hitting the ground running in his new role.
“There is a considerable amount of work to do to ensure we keep the business as usual functionality of the existing industry-good organisations.
“But we also want to look forward and identify what the big opportunities will be for the Australian grain industry over the next few decades,” he said.
“We will be looking across the entire value chain to find ways we can maintain and enhance the value of Australian grain.
“There are some passionate individuals in the industry, so I will be looking to build on the collaborative and cooperative relationships that already exist across the value chain, including growers, traders, end users, breeders and researchers.”
Mr Wilson said one of his first jobs will be to develop a strategic plan for GA, with input from industry representatives.
While the Grains Research and Development Corporation has funded all of the initial investment in GA, industry organisations across Australia will contribute to the operations of the company through involvement on committees, councils and working groups.
About Grains Australia Limited
The formation of Grains Australia Limited (GA) is an initiative of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Grain Growers Ltd (GGL), Grain Producers Australia (GPA) and Grain Trade Australia (GTA). GA will consolidate a multitude of industry-good functions in one organisation. These functions are likely to include trade and market access, commodity variety classification, market information and export and domestic education.
As outlined in its constitution, GA’s core functions are:
- To provide services that maintain and improve trade and market access for grain.
- To engage and communicate with organisations and businesses across the grain value chain to develop priorities for the industry to support a competitive environment and maximise the impact of industry-good services.
- To establish and maintain a grain variety classification system based on the requirements of the customer and end-product requirements of grain.
- Develop long-term market and consumer analysis and product awareness to support the longer-term demand for grain and value creation for the grain industry.