Media Release – GWRDC seeks new Executive Director

Article: GWRDC seeks new Executive Director

The Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC) will launch a national search process to recruit an Executive Director following the resignation of incumbent Neil Fisher.

GWRDC Chairman, the Hon Rory McEwen, said the Corporation was facing a time of significant change as it transitioned, with Wine Australia, into a new statutory Corporation, Grape and Wine Australia, a transition targeted for 1 July 2014.

‘This is an exciting and challenging role in the Australian wine sector, given the pivotal role research and development plays in creating innovation and value’ said Mr McEwen.

Mr McEwen said the GWRDC had carefully considered the need to appoint a new manager, with the transition looming, and decided the significant change coupled with the recent Federal approval of the new 5 year research and development plan to invest approximately $100m warranted a senior executive to manage an effective transition.

Mr McEwen said it was important that the new Executive Director, in conjunction with the dedicated management team, ensure that the investment in research and development would be disseminated for uptake by the sector.

‘A key role as we transition into Grape and Wine Australia will be to foster and further enhance our existing relationships with our key stakeholders, the Commonwealth, Wine Grape Growers Australia (WGGA) and the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA)’ said Mr McEwen.

‘Grape and Wine Australia must have the Board and management skill set to manage this significant investment and the new Executive Director will assist the GWRDC Board in articulating to our key stakeholders the required Board and Management competencies’ he said.

Mr McEwen thanked the outgoing Executive Director, Mr Neil Fisher for his contribution to the Corporation including the process for the development of the new 5 year plan, and that GWRDC was now much more active than passive in our relationships with the research community and our key stakeholders.

Mr Fisher has accepted the position as CEO of BSES, the principal provider of research and development to the Australian Sugar industry.

Mr McEwen said it was hoped the new Executive Director would be in place by October.

A position description for the role of Executive Director is available below