Hen­der­son joins AgriFu­tures board

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AUS­TRALIAN Vine­gar CEO Ian Hen­der­son feels he is in an “ex­cit­ing space”.

Mr Hen­der­son is one of four new non-ex­ec­u­tive directors on the board of AgriFu­tures Aus­tralia ap­pointed on Oc­to­ber 1.

“I have been ini­tially ap­pointed for a three-year term,” Mr Hen­der­son said.

“AgriFu­tures was for­merly known as RIRDC, which is the Ru­ral In­dus­tries Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion.

“They (RDCs) are gov­ern­ment spon­sored but largely in­dus­try funded bod­ies that lead re­search and innovation in that field to de­liver re­search based com­mer­cial out­comes.”

Mr Hen­der­son de­scribed the role of AgriFu­tures as un­lock­ing Aus­tralia’s po­ten­tial to pro­duce in­no­va­tive food.

“They cover new and emerg­ing foods... and a lot of ex­otic meats and ex­otic foods,” he said.

The CEO of Aus­tralian Vine­gar said AgriFu­tures worked with a range of dif­fer­ent food to be able to re­move ex­ist­ing bar­ri­ers.

“They go look­ing at how can re­search be used to de­liver bet­ter out­comes for farm­ers, bet­ter out­comes for con­sumers,” he said.

“It re­ally is about un­lock­ing Aus­tralia’s po­ten­tial to grow new and in­ter­est­ing foods and find new and in­ter­est­ing ways to process them into val­u­ated prod­ucts.

“It’s re­search and it’s food, it’s an area very close to my heart.”

Mr Hen­der­son said his first event was to at­tend the an­nual meet­ing of stake­hold­ers.

“The first thing I am go­ing to do in this job is go and lis­ten to what the stake­hold­ers want.

“I think any good di­rec­tor will lis­ten first and de­cide sec­ond not the other way around.”

Mr Hen­der­son said his role as board di­rec­tor was not so much a job but a chance to con­trib­ute.

“I am re­ally ex­cited and it’s ac­tu­ally an op­por­tu­nity to serve the coun­try.

“It’s a chance to con­trib­ute to food and innovation and help shape the di­rec­tion of agri­cul­ture. It’s an in­cred­i­ble hon­our.”

PHOTO: FILE

EC­STATIC: Aus­tralian Vine­gar CEO Ian Hen­der­son at his fac­tory in Stan­thorpe.

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