New CEO unpacks suitcase for WAFarmers

25 Aug, 2014 11:33 AM
I wanted to do something where I could maintain my interest in agriculture

WAFARMERS has appointed a new chief executive officer.

Stephen Brown will start work at the new James Street, Guildford office on Tuesday (tomorrow) and is more than ready to take on the challenge.

Mr Brown, who is originally from Narrogin, has had a career spanning 38 years in the agricultural industry which has seen him travel across Australia and overseas.

Mr Brown, who lives in Perth, said he was excited to be a part of a vibrant and promising industry.

"I have been involved in agriculture through the banking, finance, finance broking, machinery imports, and distribution and management sectors," Mr Brown said.

"I applied for this role, as I wanted to do something where I could maintain my interest in agriculture.

"I have lived out of a suitcase for the past 38 or so years, travelling around Australia and internationally, so this (role) will give me a chance to be based in Perth, but also to get out and meet members at field days and events."

Since the lobby group's previous CEO Peter Nolin resigned in May, the role has been shared between WAFarmers president Dale Park and vice president Tony York.

Mr Park said he was happy to hand the reins over to Mr Brown saying he was the best person to fill the position.

"We are excited to have Mr Brown join the WAFarmers team, bringing his wealth of experience in the agriculture industry with him," Mr Park said.

Mr Brown said his experience working for Wesfarmers in 1976, in machinery and finance, and having learnt so much from his time at Bankwest and more recently, Farmpower will put him good stead at WAFarmers.

"I think I have something to offer and I think over the next five years there is a lot of exciting things happening in agriculture," Mr Brown said.

"My role will obviously be to assist the board and support them, so they can focus on helping our members.

"We need to demonstrate to our members here in WA, that they are getting something for their membership.

"The board has been making some changes over the past 12 months, which I hear from members, have been beneficial."

Mr Brown said it would take time before he is across all the issues in the industry.

However, he will be attending the up-coming machinery field days to introduce himself and meet industry representatives face-to-face.

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25/08/2014 6:27:28 PM, on Farm Weekly

Noby already knows me I went to school with him , and a fine little cricket player he was too ,


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