The Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) has welcomed the appointment of six Directors to the CRDC Board by the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP.
Led by incumbent Chair Mr Richard Haire and CRDC’s Executive Director Mr Bruce Finney, the CRDC’s Board will also comprise former Directors Ms Kathryn Adams, Mrs Liz Alexander and Mr Greg Kauter, who have each been returned for a second term on the CRDC Board, and new Directors Dr Jeremy Burdon, Prof Les Copeland, and Rosemary Richards.
Mr Haire welcomed the Directors, who come from a diverse range of backgrounds across the cotton, agriculture, science, education and commercial sectors.
“The role of CRDC is to drive innovation in the Australian cotton industry through investing in research, development and extension (RD&E) on behalf of cotton growers and the Australian Government,” Mr Haire said.
“Our role in working with the industry to set and invest in research priorities is critical – ensuring our industry remains profitable, sustainable and competitive into the future.
“One of the great strengths of the CRDC Board has long been its diversity, with Directors each utilising a range of skills to help drive the organisation – and the industry – forward. Today’s announcement is no exception.
“I welcome Kathryn, Liz and Greg back to the CRDC Board, and Jeremy, Les and Rosemary to the Board for the first time.
“I look forward to working with the Directors over the coming years to ensure CRDC continues to achieve strong outcomes on behalf of growers, the Government and the wider industry,” he said.
Mr Haire also paid tribute to CRDC’s outgoing Board, whose term finishes on 30 September.
“I thank outgoing Deputy Chair and cotton grower Cleave Rogan and Director Michael Robinson for their invaluable contribution to the Board over the past six years,” Mr Haire said.
“The focus for the new Board will be to ensure the cotton industry continues to be well prepared for the future. I look forward to working with my fellow CRDC Directors to achieve this.”