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Hort Innovation's AGM 2019

Information for members

When and where

Hort Innovation's AGM 2019 will be held on 22 November in Sydney at Pullman Sydney Airport, 191 O'Riordan Street, Mascot NSW 2020.

The day has three key events, detailed below.

Hort Innovation Showcase: Meet the team and learn about the investments that matter to you

Time: 10am

Circulate around this interactive event to learn more about Hort Innovation direct from our team members – this is a great chance to chat about our areas of focus, the R&D, trade and marketing investments we make on your behalf, our Hort Frontiers strategic partnership initiative, and a whole lot more.

The 2019 Hort Innovation Annual General Meeting

Time: AGM registrations open from 9:30am; the AGM starts at 12pm

This is the official business portion of the day. At this year’s AGM, all Hort Innovation members that have secured voting entitlements via the earlier Annual Levy Return process will have the opportunity to vote to elect one Director to the Hort Innovation Board. On the day, the Board will also make two further appointments.

Workshop: Help shape Hort Innovation’s new Extension & Adoption function

Time: Following the AGM, this will be a 2-hour workshop

Horticulture growers have told us they want to have more direct engagement with Hort Innovation and more access to the knowledge we produce and hold – and our new Extension & Adoption function is going to facilitate just that. Come along to this workshop session hosted by Dr Anthony Kachenko, General Manager of Extension & Adoption, to learn more and, most importantly, to contribute to the conversation, share insights, offer ideas and provide feedback.


Securing voting entitlements

All Hort Innovation members that pay a statutory or voluntary levy have the right to apply for voting entitlements in order to vote at our AGM. To secure voting entitlements, members must complete an Annual Levy Return form. The Annual Levy Return process for 2019 is now closed.

All members who submitted an Annual Levy Return will be advised of their voting entitlement outcome as part of their official Notice of Annual General Meeting, which is being circulated during October.


If you have any questions relating to the Annual Levy Returns process and the allocation of voting entitlements once you receive your notification, you can contact Link Market Services on 1800 660 083 (free call within Australia) or email the Hort Innovation Company Secretary, Matthew Waring, at


Appointment of Non-Executive Directors

Three Director positions are available on the Hort Innovation Board this year

The Constitution of Hort Innovation requires in 2019 three (3) of its nine (9) Directors retire from the Board and three (3) Director candidates be appointed to the Board.

One (1) Director candidate will be elected to the Board by Voting Members at the Annual General Meeting and two (2) Director candidates will be appointed by the remaining Board members immediately following the Annual General Meeting.

The candidates

The Board andidates will be announced via Hort Innovation's official Notice of Annual General Meeting with information also to be made available on this website in due course.

Rimfire Resources, a specialist agribusiness search and recruitment business, was appointed again in 2019 to assist Hort Innovation in sourcing candidates for election to the Hort Innovation Board, and managing the selection process. Applications were received via an online application.

Following the conclusion of the advertisement and search processes, a four-person Director Nomination Committee met to agree on a shortlist of candidates for interviews, with the process progressing from there.

Hort Innovation’s commitment to diversity

Hort Innovation is committed to providing an environment that respects and promotes diversity.

Hort Innovation recognises that a workforce who represents a diverse range of backgrounds, age, ethnicity and gender will enable Hort Innovation to provide optimal service to its stakeholders.