Back in chair’s role

By Country News

Grain Growers Limited director Andrew Carberry has stepped down and John Eastburn has taken the reins once again.

The change of position followed a meeting of the board in Sydney earlier this month.

The appointment came as a result of the stepping down of Narrabri farmer Andrew Carberry, due to family commitments.

Mr Eastburn, a grain grower from Baradine in north-west NSW, is an experienced member of the board having served as chair between 2008-2014 and as director since 2006.

Mr Eastburn thanked Mr Carberry for his contribution to the organisation.

‘‘Under Andrew’s leadership Grain Growers has continued to mature into an organisation that is well placed to represent the interests of Australia’s grain growers in 2016 and beyond,’’ Mr Eastburn said.

‘‘I understand very well the time commitments the chairman’s role requires and I, speaking on behalf of the entire Grain Growers board, extend sincere appreciation to Andrew for his commitment to, and passion for, the position and the organisation as a whole.’’

Mr Eastburn’s appointment ensures continuity in a time of potential transition for Grain Growers.

During late 2015 the Grain Growers board initiated a wide-ranging review of the organisation’s constitution.

Mr Eastburn said the board remained committed to the constitution review process .

‘‘As part of the review the board and executive will carry out national consultation with members to canvas their opinions on matters such as board skill-compilation, voting mechanisms and processes and membership eligibility,’’ Mr Eastburn said.

He said he was looking forward to engaging with grain growers across Australia as part of the consultation process.