Balonne Beacon - - FRONT PAGE - Mar­guerite Cud­dihy, Molly Han­cock

AF­TER 16 years in the busi­ness and four years as the AgForce gen­eral pres­i­dent, Grant Maud­s­ley has de­cided to step down.

Durong cat­tle pro­ducer Ge­orgie Som­er­set will re­place him later this year af­ter Mr Maudlsey chose not to re-nom­i­nate.

Mrs Som­er­set will be­come the first fe­male gen­eral pres­i­dent of AgForce.

CEO Michael Guerin wel­comed Mrs Som­er­set to her new role and paid trib­ute to Mr Maud­s­ley, a Mitchell cat­tle and grain pro­ducer who has been in­volved at var­i­ous lev­els with AgForce for 16 years.

“It‘s been an ex­cit­ing and chal­leng­ing time in Queens­land agri­cul­ture over the past four years, with drought, veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment and an aborted De­fence De­part­ment plan to com­pul­so­rily ac­quire farm­land among the is­sues con­fronting our mem­bers,” Mr Guerin said.

“Grant has been a prom­i­nent voice and tire­less ad­vo­cate for Queens­land agri­cul­ture, and has been at the helm while AgForce stream­lined our or­gan­i­sa­tional struc­ture.

“It’s a re­flec­tion of his strong lead­er­ship that our mem­ber­ship num­bers have been in­creas­ing steadily and there is re­newed in­ter­est from pri­mary pro­duc­ers right through­out Queens­land seek­ing in­volve­ment in AgForce boards and re­gional coun­cils.”

Mr Maud­s­ley said it was a priv­i­lege and hon­our to serve in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties for AgForce and he looked for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to serve as gen­eral pres­i­dent for the next two months be­fore step­ping back to give a new team the op­por­tu­nity to take AgForce for­ward.

“I feel a great sense of pride in how AgForce has strength­ened over the past four years, how the in­dus­try has united on com­mon causes, and how in­di­vid­ual pro­duc­ers have felt more em­pow­ered to speak up on their own be­half or through our or­gan­i­sa­tion and oth­ers,” he said.

Mrs Som­er­set runs a fam­ily beef cat­tle farm­ing busi­ness in Durong with her hus­band, Robert, and also serves on the Aus­tralian Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion board, is a di­rec­tor of the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice in Queens­land, and Chil­dren’s Health Queens­land Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice.

The changeover will take place af­ter the AgForce an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on Novem­ber 20.


AGFORCE: AgForce gen­eral pres­i­dent Grant Maud­s­ley will step down later this year af­ter four years in the top job.

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