AGFORCE BOSS TO FINISH
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.