RIRDC appoints new Managing Director 04 Mar 2016

The Board of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) has appointed John Harvey as the Corporation’s Managing Director.

The appointment of Mr Harvey follows the retirement of RIRDC’s previous Managing Director, Craig Burns in late February.

RIRDC’s Chair, Professor Daniela Stehlik said that Mr Harvey brings a wealth of relevant experience to the role and will provide strong leadership through a time of change and opportunity for the Corporation.

“Mr Harvey’s long experience in the agricultural sector and proven leadership skills will ensure RIRDC’s quality work and high standing amongst its stakeholders will continue under his management,” Professor Stehlik said.

“The RIRDC Board undertook a thorough and extensive national search for a suitably qualified person and we are confident that Mr Harvey will lead RIRDC successfully through what we anticipate will be an exciting time for the Corporation.”

Mr Harvey commenced his career in agriculture as a soil conservationist and extension agronomist with the Queensland Department of Primary Industries. He joined the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) in 1997, and there held several positions including as Program Manager, Farming Systems; became an Executive Manager in 2001, and Managing Director and CEO in 2011.
Richard Clarke, Chair of GRDC wished Mr Harvey every success in his new role.

“It is a great outcome for Australian agriculture that John‘s experience and networks will continue to be influencing the rural innovation sector. We look forward to working with him in his new role in the future,” Mr Clark said.

Mr Harvey will be taking up his position on 3 May, 2016.