Minister appoints Ms Cathy McGowan AO as the new Chair for AgriFutures Australia


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Monday, 16 January 2023

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Mr Murray Watt has today welcomed the appointment of Ms Cathy McGowan AO to the position of Chairperson of the AgriFutures Australia Board.

Ms McGowan is a sixth-generation farmer from north-east Victoria and has held various leadership roles of rural and regional organisations, including as President of Australian Women in Agriculture. Ms McGowan was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia in 2004 and was elected and served in the Australian Parliament as the Federal Member for Indi from 2013 to 2019.

AgriFutures Australia, Managing Director, Mr John Harvey welcomed Ms McGowan to the Chair role at AgriFutures Australia.

“Ms McGowan joins AgriFutures Australia at an exciting time. We are six months into our new Research and Innovation Strategic Plan and have a jam-packed agenda ahead of us. Ms McGowan’s knowledge of agriculture, rural communities, and leadership experience will be invaluable as we commence this next phase of the AgriFutures Australia journey.”

Ms McGowan said she was excited to be joining the organisation and looked forward to working with the Board and team to continue to grow the long-term prosperity and sustainability of Australian rural industries.

“I hope my previous experience and understanding of the agriculture sector will add value to this unique, regionally-based Research Development Corporation,” said Ms McGowan.

Ms McGowan replaces Mrs Kay Hull AO, who served as the AgriFutures Australia Chair from 2016 to 2022. On behalf of AgriFutures Australia, Mr Harvey thanked Mrs Hull for her outstanding dedication and service and wished her well in retirement.

“Under the guidance of Mrs Hull, AgriFutures Australia has continually strived to ensure the best possible future of all our levy-payers and other stakeholders,” said Mr Harvey.

“Mrs Hull worked tirelessly, and I thank her for the passion and energy she bought to AgriFutures Australia every single day.”

Ms McGowan commenced in the role as AgriFutures Australia Chair on Wednesday, 11 January 2023.

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