GPA Northern Region Grower Director, Andrew Earle, has recently announced his decision to step down from the GPA Board, to take up a new role as a Director of Grains Australia.
Andrew manages a 20,000 hectares family farming cropping enterprise ‘Bullawarrie’ at Thallon, located on the Queensland/NSW border. He’s been a significant contributor and strong advocate in his different roles representing Australian grain producers, over the past 10-years.
Since his election in 2013, Andrew’s GPA roles have included serving on the Audit & Risk Committee and the Board Selection Committee, and Deputy Chair. He’s also represented GPA on the GRDC Board Director Selection Committee, including as Chair, and other important industry committees relating to grain market access, RD&E investments, grains supply chains and competition, and more.
Andrew’s depth of knowledge, expertise and experience representing grain producers will be of great benefit to Grains Australia’s important task and goals, enhancing market value for growers and consolidating industry good functions. Andrew’s appointment was formally ratified at the Grains Australia AGM held in Perth, last Wednesday (25 November 2023).
Andrew said he’s been honoured to represent growers in Northern Australia over the past decade and leaves GPA in a strong position, as a peak, national representative body.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to represent growers in a new role with Grains Australia and continue delivering outcomes that strengthen our industry’s profitability and sustainability,” he said.
“I’d like to thank GPA members and the GPA Board for giving me the opportunity to represent growers as a GPA Northern Region Grower Director.
“This role has given me a front row seat to positively influence the development of grains industry policy and advocacy which has such a significant impact for growers and our sector.”
Nominations are now open to GPA members in NSW and Queensland for the vacant Northern Region Grower Director’s position. The GPA Selection Committee will consider nominations for an appointment to fill this casual vacancy, to then be ratified at next year’s AGM.
Nominations from interested and eligible growers can be submitted HERE along with your CV – the deadline is midday Tuesday December 5, 2023.
GPA Chair, Barry Large, said this position provides a unique and vitally important opportunity to represent growers through the GPA Board, with responsibilities for matters of national policy and advocacy, to improve the profitability and sustainability of Australian grain producers and our industry.