Two prominent West Australian agricultural leaders will make up Grains Australia’s new five-strong board, including Mt Barker’s Terry Enright who is the inaugural chairman. Mr Enright, who will step down as chairman of Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre, has held numerous high profile positions, including Grains Research and Development Corporation chairman, director of Grain Producers Australia, commissioner of the Export Wheat Commission and chair of the Australian Livestock Export Corporation. He is joined on the board by fellow West Australian Andrew Young, who has held senior executive and director roles in leading agribusiness organisations in Australia and South-East Asia. Mr Young is also managing director of grain accumulation and export business Plum Grove, and chairman of Westpork, WA’s biggest pork producer. Following years of industry consultation and debate, Grains Australia has been formed by the GRDC to combine several industry functions under one organisation. WA Grains Group chairman Doug Smith said the two WA appointments were a win for the State. But he said with Mr Enright leaving AEGIC, there were unanswered questions about the centre’s future. . GRDC previously indicated while AEGIC would remain a standalone organisation, parts of it could be shared or transferred into Grains Australia, including its market intelligence and education focus. Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan said previously she would push back against any move to “dismember” AEGIC. Mr Enright said today a key objective of Grains Australia was to develop market and consumer analysis and product awareness, to support longer-term demand for grain and value creation for the industry. “This is very much what AEGIC does, which has been built up over many years, and a significant investment by the State Government, in conjunction with GRDC,” he said. “From a Grains Australia perspective we don’t want to lose that as it is a vital piece of the work. My view is that Grains Australia will work very closely with AEGIC, and will see the functions and capacity within AEGIC as very important.” The other new board members on Grain Australia are NSW’s experienced agribusiness professional Rebecca Reardon, former Australian Wheat Board head Stuart Richardson from Victoria and commercial lawyer Catherine Cooper, who chairs the Environmental Protection Agency in South Australia. Grain Industry Association of WA deputy chairman Ash Wiese said the new board had equitable representation of the east coast domestic supply chains with WA’s and South Australia's export supply chains, and 40 per cent gender diversity.