New sheep chief

By Country News

Sheep Producers Australia has a new chief executive officer, with Graham Smith replacing the Sue Dillon in the role.

Mr Smith brings 30 years’ experience working in the food and agriculture industries in a number of senior commercial positions, mainly in Australia and New Zealand.

For the past four years, he was chief executive officer of New Zealand’s Federated Farmers and has previously run the Institute for Environmental Science and Research, one of the country’s largest science and innovation organisations.

‘‘After an extensive recruitment process, the board of SPA is thrilled to have a candidate of Graham’s calibre working with us,’’ SPA chair Chris Mirams said.

‘‘He joins SPA at an exciting time for the organisation, which transitioned to a company structure with a skills-based board late last year.

‘‘This has meant a transition in governance, strategy and positioning as an organisation.’’