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Australia: Selwyn Snell to step down as Chair of Hort Innovation

Hort Innovation Chair Selwyn Snell is set to retire from horticulture’s research and development corporation in November this year.

The change comes as the company’s Constitution calls for three of its nine sitting Directors to retire from office in 2020. The three positions will be filled by one Director candidate nominated by voting members at the Hort Innovation annual general meeting in November, with a further two appointed by the remaining Board members immediately following the meeting.

While retiring Directors can choose to reapply for directorship, for Selwyn the time will be right to say farewell to the company he’s been a part of for more than a decade, as total retirement beckons on the horizon.

“It’s been a genuine privilege to lead the Board of Hort Innovation for all these years, and to help set the company’s course in delivering research, marketing and trade activities for the profitability and sustainability of horticulture’s producers,” he said.

Selwyn said he recalls his first address to the horticulture sector as Chair of Hort Innovation, then Horticulture Australia Limited, in 2009. “I remember talking about how the main driver for success and productivity in the sector would be unity. That’s something that’s remained a focus for me ever since, and I think that’s come through in the changes we’ve seen in the sector, and in the initiatives that Hort Innovation continues to deliver.”

On the local stage, Selwyn said in recent times he is proud to have helped bring Australian horticulture together to share learnings through the joint-industry Hort Connections conference and trade show. “Hort Innovation has been a major source of support for establishing this unifying event, delivered through AUSVEG and PMA A-NZ.”

While Selwyn and the current Board continue to work hard, applications for directorship of Hort Innovation have now opened, and will close on 6 July 2020. More information on the process and how to apply can be found here.

Other Directors who are set to retire from office, but who are able to choose to reapply, are Dr Mary Corbett, who is Hort Innovation’s current Deputy Chair, and Jenny Margetts.

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