Experienced WA agribusiness senior executive and director Andrew Young has been appointed the new chair of Grains Australia, replacing Terry Enright, who has stepped down after three years in the role. Mr Enright, a former Mt Barker farmer and well-known industry leader, stepped down from the board at Grains Australia’s annual general meeting earlier this month, having served as chair since Grains Australia’s inception in 2020. Grains Australia, an initiative of the Grains Research and Development Corporation, is responsible for vital industry services and functions that improve the industry’s competitiveness and profitability. GRDC chair John Woods welcomed the appointment of Mr Young, who has more than 25 years of experience in senior executive and director roles in leading agribusinesses based in Australia and South-East Asia. Mr Young has served on the board since its inception and completed a stint as interim chief executive officer in 2022, when Grains Australia’s first boss Jonathan Wilson stepped down after one year in the role. “Andrew has served with distinction on the board . . . collaboratively bringing to life much of the early structure, team, Commodity Councils and Grains Australia programs,” Mr Woods said. “In his board and CEO roles, he has demonstrated the leadership qualities required to ensure that Grains Australia continues to enhance the profitability and competitiveness of Australian grain into the future.” He is the current chair of WA grain exporter and pool manager Plum Grove, and has previously worked at CBH and AgraCorp. Mr Young also has close ties to the livestock sector through his role as chair of Westpork, and serves as a non-executive director of the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre. He is also represented on the Strategic Review Group for Grains Australia and AEGIC. Mr Woods commended the chairmanship of Mr Enright, a former grain and livestock producer from WA’s southern region who had long played a prominent role in Australian agricultural research. “Terry has been integral in successfully steering Grains Australia into a position where it is delivering genuine value on behalf of grain growers,” Mr Woods said. “His dedication, commitment and ability to bring people together has been key to Grains Australia being able to consolidate and build upon a range of critical industry services and functions that benefit the grains sector.” Mr Enright was this year recognised for his outstanding contribution to the Australian grains industry, receiving the GRDC Seed of Gold award. He has dedicated more than 40 years to the direction and management of agricultural research, including as chair of the GRDC, LiveCorp, Grains Australia and AEGIC. Mr Woods also welcomed the appointment to the board of Andrew Earle, who has spent three years on the Grains Australia advisory committee and served for 10 years on the Grain Producers Australia board, including as deputy chair. Mr Earle is managing partner of the farming operation Bullawarrie at Thallon on the Queensland and New South Wales border.