Movements in primary industries
Grain Producers SA Chief Executive Caroline Rhodes has resigned after being appointed the inaugural CEO of parent organisation Primary Producers SA.
It follows a restructure in governance at PPSA, which also this week announced the appointment of former Charles Darwin University Vice-Chancellor Simon Maddocks as Chair.
Rhodes’s resignation and subsequent appointment comes after leading South Australia’s grain growing peak body for more than three years.
She joined GPSA in April 2018 after a year-and-a-half stint as Chief of Staff to South Australian Liberal Senator David Fawcett.
Her career in primary industries has seen her take on roles with agricultural logistics company Viterra, Wheat Exports Australia, the Grains Council of Australia and the South Australian Farmers’ Federation.
Among her key achievements at GPSA, according to Chair Adrian McCabe, was repealing a 16-year moratorium on genetically modified crops in South Australia and developing the SA Grain Industry Blueprint, which outlines a 10-year plan for developing the sector.
GPSA has engaged an external firm to find Rhodes’s replacement.
PPSA announced Rhodes’s appointment shortly after GPSA announced her resignation.
Rhodes said she was “immensely proud” of her achievements at the grain-growing peak body but saw the newly-created CEO role as an “ideal opportunity to continue my service to agricultural representation”.
Meanwhile, Maddocks has been appointed as PPSA’s new permanent Chair following a decision by former SA Premier Rob Kerin’s to retire from the role in June.
Maddocks was President and Vice Chancellor of the Northern Territory’s Charles Darwin University from 2014 to the end of 2020.
Prior to that, he held a number of senior research roles with the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Research and Development Institute, including Chief Scientist, Division of Livestock & Farming Systems, Professor of Animal Science and Director of the University of Adelaide’s Roseworthy Campus.
“I know there are big shoes to fill taking over from former Chair Rob Kerin but I am thankful for the support shown by the PPSA Council in choosing me for this role,” Maddocks said.
“Together with Caroline, I look forward to working with the commodity associations and Government to ensure there is a strong and viable primary production sector in South Australia, which is valued by government and the community.