Henderson joins AgriFutures board
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.”
ECSTATIC: Australian Vinegar CEO Ian Henderson at his factory in Stanthorpe.