The appointment of Carter & Spencer Group’s Nicole Christodoulou as the new AgriFutures™ Ginger Program Advisory Panel Chair is a welcome decision by the Advisory Panel and a sign of what’s to come for the burgeoning industry.
Nicole joined the AgriFutures™ Ginger Program Advisory Panel in 2017 and put her hand up for the role with the encouragement of former Chair, Shane Templeton.
Outgoing Advisory Panel Chair, Shane Templeton of Templeton’s Ginger, said Nicole’s contribution to the Advisory Panel since her appointment has been noted, particularly her steely focus on ensuring R&D investment decisions are aligned with the industry five year plan.
“Nicole is a respected member of the Advisory Panel and stepping into the role of Chair is a wonderful opportunity to make her mark on the industry. She is a natural leader and brings a youthful energy to the team which we hope will inspire others to take note of the value, and importance, of R&D to the future success of the industry,” said Mr Templeton.
A particular focus for Nicole is encouraging more young people into the industry, and she believes opportunities with technology is the carrot needed to get the next generation on board.
“There are so many exciting opportunities to introduce technology into the ginger industry, we hope that through greater promotion of R&D we can bring these ideas to the table and drive practice change on farm and in our processing facilities,” said Ms Christodoulou.