SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — Fiona Nash has been appointed as a non-grower director to the GrainGrowers board following an executive search.

“I would like to congratulate Fiona on her appointment to the GrainGrowers’ board,” said David McKeon, GrainGrowers chief executive officer (CEO). “I believe Fiona’s passion and commitment to improving outcomes for regional communities is widely acknowledged and we are looking forward to her contribution as part of the GrainGrowers board.”

Fiona Nash, Photo courtesy of the Parliament of Australia.

Nash has standing connections to regional communities, having served 12 years in Federal Parliament as an NSW Senator. Her ministerial positions included Rural Health and cabinet positions across Regional Development and Regional Communications.

“A rigorous recruitment process was followed for the non-grower director position and we had an extremely high caliber of individuals who were interested,” said McKeon. “We are looking forward to another successful 12 months on delivering outcomes for our grain farmers and are excited about the skills and experience Fiona will be bringing with her appointment.”

Nash’s appointment will be taken to the 2020 GrainGrowers’ Annual General meeting for ratification by members.

Nash’s appointment is in addition to the appointment of Nigel Corish, who was elected as a grower director for the Northern Region at the GrainGrowers 2019 Annual General Meeting.

Corish is a fourth-generation farmer from Goondiwindi, Queensland and runs family grain fed food and fiber company. Corish is passionate about GrainGrowers being a strong voice for grain farmers and strong representation to influence policy.