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Experienced agribusiness professional Caroline Rhodes has been appointed to the position of Group B Trustee with the South Australian Grain Industry Trust.

Ms Rhodes has specialised in stakeholder management and regulatory affairs during her 16-year career in agribusiness.  She has held senior positions in both the corporate and government sectors, and spent six years working for State and Federal farmer representative bodies in Australia.

Minister for Agriculture Leon Bignell appointed Ms Rhodes for an initial three-year term following an extensive recruitment process.

“I believe Ms Rhodes will be a great contributor as a SAGIT trustee in administering the Trust in accordance to the Deed,” he said.

Ms Rhodes said she was excited at the opportunity to again work with SAGIT having worked as the Trust’s Executive Officer when she was employed with the former South Australian Farmers’ Federation in the early 2000s.

“It is both an honour and a privilege to be re-joining SAGIT in its 25th year of operations,” she said.

“As a former SAGIT Executive Officer, I share in the organisation’s proud history and understand its role in championing innovation in South Australia. In particular, I look forward to engaging with the research community again and seeing firsthand the impact SAGIT investment has on-farm.

“As Trustee, I hope to work with SAGIT to further strengthen its governance arrangements and service delivery to South Australian growers, to ensure its continued success.”

SAGIT Chairman Michael Treloar welcomed the appointment and said he was looking forward to working with Ms Rhodes.

“Caroline is extremely experienced and competent and we believe she is a great fit for SAGIT,” he said.

“She brings a fresh perspective to the team and we know she will work hard to progress and communicate the work SAGIT does.”

Ms Rhodes holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Adelaide, a Master of Agribusiness from the University of Melbourne and a Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  She is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program. She has a particular interest in the non-profit sector and proudly serves on the board of umbrella charity, Foodbank South Australia and the rural service provider, Rural Business Support.

In December 2015, she completed a three-year term as the Grain Trade Australia (GTA) nominated Director to the Board of Wheat Quality Australia Ltd, a company jointly owned by GRDC to administer Australia’s wheat classification system. She has previously served as a director of Pulse Australia Ltd (2011, 2012), the Australian Grain Exporters Association (2011, 2012) and the National Grower Register Pty Ltd (2012-13).

She was previously appointed to the Genetically Modified Crops Advisory Committee by the South Australian Government (2010-13) for expertise in grain production, processing and marketing.

In 2016, Caroline established her own consulting business and now advises leading Australian and international businesses on political, regulatory and strategic communications matters across a range of rural industries.

ENDS

For interviews, contact Michael Treloar, SAGIT chairman, 0427 765 034.

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