Sheep Producers Australia chief executive officer Kat Giles will step down from the role after seven years with the organisation.
SPA president Allan Piggott said Dr Giles was moving back to her home state of South Australia with her husband and young family and would be taking on a role in government following the move.
‘‘We are disappointed that Kat won’t be continuing with Sheep Producers Australia and leading us into the new era of sheep industry leadership and representation that started last week, however, we wish her all the best in a career in her home state,’’ he said.
‘‘Kat has made some major achievements for the industry including reforming the peak industry body’s governance and operational structures, China free-trade agreement, ovine Johnes disease management reform, and the development of the Sheep Industry Strategy Plan 2020.’’
Dr Giles said after nearly seven years with the organisation (formerly the Sheepmeat Council of Australia), as policy officer and chief executive officer, it was a difficult decision to leave.
‘‘Moving back to South Australia has always been on the radar, so I am excited for the future ahead for my family, but I also look forward to maintaining the connections I have in the red meat sector and to continuing to work in regional development and agriculture,’’ she said.