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Board changes at Hort Innovation

Publication date: 24 November 2023

One new and two returning Board Directors have joined the grower-owned research and development corporation for Australian horticulture, Hort Innovation.

At the organisation’s Annual General Meeting, voting members elected John Said and re-elected Michael Nixon and Victoria Taylor to the Hort Innovation Board. Julie Bird was later re-elected as Chair by the new Board, and Victoria Taylor elected as Deputy Chair.

Ms Bird said the new Board Directors join Hort Innovation at a historical time for the organisation.

"In the backdrop of our recently unveiled 2024-2026 Strategy, which outlines our vision of a prosperous and sustainable Australian horticulture industry built on innovation, we warmly welcome our new and returning Board Directors," she said.

 "Our commitment lies in extracting value from the investments we make, ensuring benefits for all levy payers. The strategic guidance provided by our new  and returning Directors will be instrumental in driving Hort Innovation toward achieving this overarching goal."

The elected Directors bring a wealth of experience and skills to the role. The newly appointed Directors are:

  • John Said: Mr Said has established and successfully managed a thriving fresh produce company for the past 30 years developing great strength in strategy and business management. Mr Said is an experienced Board Chair and Director, servicing national and global horticultural associations.

  • Michael Nixon: First appointed to the Board in 2020. Mr Nixon is passionate about Australian horticulture and innovation. He grew up in agriculture, with his family farming sheep, cattle and wheat. Mr Nixon previously owned and grew a broad range of horticultural crops his Carnarvon-based business, River Lodge.

  • Victoria Taylor: First appointed to the Board in 2020. Ms Taylor has more than 20 years’ experience in agricultural policy, governance and communications. Ms Taylor is an experienced Board member, being the current Chair of the Rice Marketing Board for the State of NSW, Chair of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology at the Australian National University, and a Non-Executive Director of WaterNSW.

Ms Bird said the Board looked forward to working with the new Directors, Hort Innovation’s teams, delivery partners, and growers.

“We welcome our new and returning Directors and look forward to the skills and knowledge they will bring to the role, along with a desire to make a lasting impact through Hort Innovation’s work,” she said.

Ms Bird also acknowledged the work of outgoing Hort Innovation Board Director Paul Harker and thanked him for his contribution to both Hort Innovation and the broader Australian horticulture industry.

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