Jonathan Wilson has been named the inaugural CEO of Grains Australia Limited (GAL). He begins the role in mid-December.
The organisation is an initiative of the Grains Research and Development Corporation, Grain Growers Ltd, Grain Producers Australia and Grain Trade Australia. It aims to combine industry-good functions in one peak organisation.
Wilson comes to the role after helping lead the development of the South Australian Grain Industry Blueprint, a framework for the industry to 2030, on behalf of Grain Producers SA and the South Australian Government.
The Adelaide-based consultant has been involved in the grains industry for almost two decades, including with agricultural organisation Viterra.
Wilson has also served on industry boards, such as the Wheat Classification Council, Australian Grain Exporters Association and the National Grower Register.
He said one of his first jobs would be to develop a strategic plan for GAL, with input from industry representatives.
“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,” Wilson 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.”