Australia government agency looking for new MD

By on 24/09/2015 | Updated on 25/09/2020
Australia’s rural development agency is looking for a new managing director.

Australia’s rural development agency is looking for a new managing director.

The Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC), which was established by the Australian government to work with industry to invest in research and development for a more profitable, sustainable and dynamic rural sector, announced the vacancy yesterday.

The MD is tasked with enabling the organisation to achieve goals and targets set out in its five-year corporate plan, R&D plans and the annual operating plans.

He or she reports to the board of directors, and is accountable for the overall performance of the corporation.

“Maintaining sound and effective relationships with the Board, government and industry stakeholders, co-investors and other research partners, and as the face of the organisation operating in a funded environment, a strong personal presence and the ability to form win-win partnerships in public and private sectors will be vital,” the job ad says.

It also says that “proven leadership will be essential in building a strong, committed team, with a strategic, logical and proactive approach to targeted research portfolio management and delivering results.”

Current MD is Mr Craig Burns, who started the role in July 2010. He previously held several senior positions focusing on trade and development policies for primary industries in the Australian government.

His roles have included engagement on a range of multilateral, regional and bilateral trade agreements, international agricultural cooperation and minerals and energy policy.

He has experience working with international organisations including the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation and the OECD.


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For confidential inquiries call Mick Hay or Sharon Moloney on +617 3878 3411 

About Winnie Agbonlahor

Winnie is news editor of Global Government Forum. She previously reported for Civil Service World - the trade magazine for senior UK government officials. Originally from Germany, Winnie first came to the UK in 2006 to study a BA in Journalism & Russian at the University of Sheffield. She is bilingual in English and German, and, after spending an academic year abroad in Russia and reporting for the Moscow Times, Winnie also speaks Russian fluently.

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