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CRDC appoints new General Manager, R&D Investment (24 June 2019)

CRDC has today announced the appointment of Allan Williams, a long-standing CRDC R&D Manager, to the position of General Manager, R&D Investment.

The General Manager position was vacated by Dr Ian Taylor in March 2019, upon his appointment as CRDC’s Executive Director.

Allan grew up on a cotton farm near Wee Waa and brings extensive experience in the cotton and research and development sectors to this leadership position, having worked in both the Australian and international cotton industries for the last 25 years. 

Before joining CRDC in April 2012, Allan’s roles have included Senior Agronomic Advisor for the global Better Cotton Initiative, the Executive Officer for the Australian Cotton Growers Research Association, the Executive Officer for the then Cotton Consultants Australia (now Crop Consultants Australia), and a lawyer for the firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques. During his time with ACGRA, Allan was responsible for the development of the BMP Program - the predecessor to myBMP.

Since 2006, Allan has also held the position of Chair of the International Cotton Advisory Committee’s (ICAC’s) Expert Panel on the Social, Economic and Environmental Performance of Cotton, and is currently the Vice-Chair of the Australian ICAC Plenary Meeting committee for the upcoming conference in Brisbane in December 2019.

Allan holds Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Law (Hons) degrees from the University of Sydney, is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program, and has been a finalist in both the Australian Cotton Industry’s Researcher of the Year and Service to Industry Awards.

On behalf of CRDC, we congratulate Allan on his appointment to the General Manager, R&D Investment position. Allan is supported in this role by the CRDC R&D team, including R&D managers Susan Maas, Stacey Vogel and Rachel Holloway, innovation broker Jane Trindall and commercialisation manager Jarrod Ward.