Northern Mallee’s John Gladigau takes the reigns at GPSA

Northern Mallee grain producer John Gladigau has been appointed as the new Chair of Grain Producers SA (GPSA) at the 2023 Annual General Meeting on 29 August 2023.

Mr Gladigau takes the reigns from Hamley Bridge grain producer Adrian McCabe, who was Chair for three years and a Board Director for nearly seven years.

Eyre Peninsula grain producer Peta Willmott was appointed Vice-Chair, while Murray Plains grain producer Deanna Paech and Independent Director Dave McKeon were also appointed to the Board.

Mr Gladigau said he looks forward to the opportunity to lead the GPSA Board.

“I’m excited to be stepping into the role and working with a high-quality Board to build the future of the grain industry in South Australia,” he said.

“There’s never been a more important time for us as an industry to have strong representation, especially in light of key issues such as the Grain Harvest Code and chemical stewardship.

“I’d like to recognise the services of Independent Directors Dr Steve Jefferies AM and Professor Wendy Umberger who have both retired from their Board positions, and thank Adrian McCabe for his strong and effective leadership over the past three years”

GPSA Chief Executive Officer Brad Perry said he looks forward to working with the new Chair to deliver important strategy and policy for the grains industry.

“I’ve known John for many years having lived and worked in Loxton for almost a decade and it’s exciting to have him take on the role as Chair of GPSA,” he said.

“The grain industry in South Australia owes much gratitude to Adrian McCabe for his leadership during his time as Chair guiding the industry through some challenging times and being at the forefront of key issues, such as sustainability.”

The GPSA Board is made up of: John Gladigau (Chair), Peta Willmott (Vice-Chair), Nick Hillier, Chelly Litster, Deanna Paech, Dave McKeon, Dylon Kay and James Heaslip.

Grain Producers SA is the peak industry body representing the 4,500 grain farming businesses in South Australia.

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