We are delighted to advise the two peak industry bodies for food and fibre in Gippsland, Agribusiness Gippsland and the East Gippsland Food Cluster, have now officially united to form Food & Fibre Gippsland. This single entity will support the region’s significant $7 billion food and fibre industry.
This amalgamation follows an extensive process of consultation with members and other stakeholders across industry, government, research, education, and community around the benefits of joining forces.
Now officially endorsed by Consumer Affairs Victoria, the new incorporated Food & Fibre Gippsland signals the beginning of an exciting new era for the sector and the region, with a determined focus on collaboration, innovation and engagement.
Both organisations bring a diverse and active member and stakeholder base, and it is anticipated that an increasing number of Gippsland businesses and other organisations will join to access the benefits that will naturally come from being a part of this new collaborative powerhouse.
The first board to take Food & Fibre Gippsland forward includes four representatives of the boards of Agribusiness Gippsland and East Gippsland Food Cluster.
These are Stuart Quigley, Nicola Pero, Kate Wallis, Brian Davey, Damien Gannon, Andrew Bulmer Sallie Jones and Barry Rogers, who collectively bring a diverse wealth of skills and experience.
The Board will be co-deputy chaired by Stuart Quigley and Andrew Bulmer.
Recruitment processes will be initiated for an independent Chair and CEO.
Peter Schutz, Executive Chairman of Food Innovation Australia Limited’s (FIAL) – Australia’s Growth Centre for food and agribusiness – is filling the independent chair role in an advisory capacity until a recruitment process is concluded.
Dr Nicola Watts, former CEO of East Gippsland Food Cluster, will be the interim CEO through to June 30th.
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