New hor­ti­cul­ture leader

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - NEWS - DAVID THOM­SON

HOR­TI­CUL­TURE is widely ac­knowl­edged as the “next big thing” in agri­cul­ture and has enor­mous po­ten­tial.

As Grow­com’s new CEO, I am keen to build on nearly 100 years of rep­re­sent­ing Queens­land grow­ers and am ex­cited to be join­ing an in­dus­try that is full of pas­sion­ate, ex­pe­ri­enced and com­mit­ted play­ers.

I am com­mit­ted to work­ing with all lev­els of gov­ern­ment to en­sure the pol­icy set­tings are right to en­able Queens­land fruit, veg­etable and nut grow­ers to reach their po­ten­tial and con­tinue Grow­com’s rep­u­ta­tion as an apo­lit­i­cal ad­vo­cate for ev­i­dence based pol­icy.

I have worked for more than 30 years in man­u­fac­tur­ing, dis­tri­bu­tion, lo­gis­tics, pol­i­tics and tourism in pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors around Aus­tralia.

I bring with me knowl­edge in fi­nance, mar­ket­ing and sales through my prior ex­pe­ri­ence in man­age­ment and ad­vi­sory roles.

While I don’t have a hor­ti­cul­ture back­ground, I have found through my ca­reer that there are a set of con­sis­tent man­age­ment prin­ci­ples I am sure will be equally ap­pli­ca­ble at Grow­com.

These in­clude re­spect for oth­ers and the need to earn their re­spect, clear, open and em­pa­thetic com­mu­ni­ca­tion and con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment in ev­ery­thing we do.

I am com­mit­ted to an ab­so­lute fo­cus on mem­bers and what is im­por­tant to them.

In the com­ing weeks, it’s my pri­or­ity to meet our mem­bers to de­ter­mine how Grow­com can best ser­vice the needs of the hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try and its var­ied stake­hold­ers.

I would like to take the op­por­tu­nity to thank our de­part­ing CEO, Pat Han­nan, and wish him a happy and safe re­tire­ment.

His ded­i­cated ser­vice and pas­sion for the role has left a last­ing im­print on the com­pany.

I also thank the Grow­com board for its con­fi­dence in me

Iam com­mit­ted to an ab­so­lute fo­cus on mem­bers and what is im­por­tant to them. — David Thom­son

to bring about ef­fec­tive change through ad­vo­cacy, im­proved grower en­gage­ment and the de­liv­ery of ser­vices to our grow­ers on which our econ­omy re­lies.

I look for­ward to lead­ing the com­mit­ted team at Grow­com to en­sure the long-term sus­tain­abil­ity of the Queens­land hor­ti­cul­ture sec­tor.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

AT THE HELM: Grow­com wel­comed in­com­ing CEO David Thom­son this week.

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