John Harvey takes up role as RIRDC’s Managing Director 03 May 2016

The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation’s (RIRDC) new Managing Director, John Harvey started with the Corporation today.

Mr Harvey has taken on the role after the retirement of RIRDC’s previous Managing Director, Craig Burns in late February.

Mr Harvey joins RIRDC after spending 18 years at the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), with the last five years as the Corporation’s Managing Director.

Mr Harvey said he is excited about starting in the role and about the future for RIRDC.

“RIRDC is heading into a period of both change and opportunity,” Mr Harvey said.

“There are enormous opportunities for RIRDC to build on its strong history and to become an established and vital part of Australian agriculture’s growth. Through innovation and building R&D partnerships we will see new and emerging industries grow and flourish, as well as seeing established industries become more productive, sustainable and efficient.

“My focus will be to ensure that we continue to provide a high level of service to our portfolio industries, and I’m confident we can do that.

“I look forward to meeting RIRDC’s key industry stakeholders and getting insights into the way RIRDC currently does business with them, understand what their R&D priorities are, and see how we can work with them to deliver on those priorities.

“RIRDC’s commitment to regional Australia - and agriculture more broadly - will be further demonstrated by the Corporation’s move Wagga Wagga this year, which presents a new and exciting opportunity for our organisation and the rural industries we support.”

Mr Harvey commenced his career in agriculture as a soil conservationist and extension agronomist with the Queensland Department of Primary Industries. He joined the 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.
Mr Harvey thanked Christine Quick, RIRDC’s General Manager - Corporate who was acting in the Managing Director role for the past two months.