Movements in primary industries
Managing Director of Grain Producers SA Caroline Rhodes resigned after being appointed inaugural CEO of parent organization Primary Producers SA.
It follows a restructuring of governance at PPSA, which also this week announced the appointment of the former vice-chancellor of Charles Darwin University. Simon maddock as president.
Rhodes’s resignation and subsequent appointment comes after leading South Australia’s grain crop summit for more than three years.
She joined the GPSA in April 2018 after a one-and-a-half-year term as chief of staff to Liberal South Australian Senator David Fawcett.
Her career in primary industries has taken her to positions with agricultural logistics company Viterra, Wheat Exports Australia, the Grains Council of Australia and the South Australian Farmers’ Federation.
Among his main achievements at GPSA, according to President Adrian McCabe, the repeal of a 16-year moratorium on genetically modified crops in South Australia and the development of the SA Grain Industry Blueprint, which outlines a 10-year plan to the development of the sector.
GPSA hired an outside company to find Rhodes’ replacement.
PPSA announced Rhodes’ appointment shortly after the GPSA announced his resignation.
Rhodes said she was “extremely proud” of her accomplishments at the leading grain growing body, but saw the newly created CEO position as “the perfect opportunity to continue serving the agricultural representation.”
Meanwhile, Maddocks was named the new permanent president of the PPSA following a decision by former South African Prime Minister Rob Kerin to step down in June.
Maddocks was president and vice-chancellor of Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory from 2014 to late 2020.
Previously, he held several senior research positions at the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Research and Development Institute, including Chief Scientist, Division of Livestock & Farming Systems, Professor of Animal Sciences and Director of the Roseworthy Campus of the University of Adelaide. .
“I know there are big shoes to fill to succeed former President Rob Kerin, but I am grateful for the support the PPSA Council has shown in choosing me for this role,” Maddocks said.
“With Caroline, I look forward to working with commodity associations and government to ensure a strong and viable primary production sector exists in South Australia, which is valued by government and the community.