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AgriFood Skills Australia names Anwen Lovett as CEO

The Board of AgriFood Skills Australia has announced the appointment of Ms Anwen Lovett as the new Chief Executive Officer.

Ms Lovett will replace retiring CEO, Arthur Blewitt, who is retiring from the position in mid-September having led the organisation since its inception 10 years ago.

Ms Lovett is currently the Executive Manager of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) and has held senior roles at the Australian Solar Institute; Land and Water Australia and the National Farmers Federation.

On announcing the appointment, Chairman of AgriFood Skills Australia’s Board, Geoff Richards, said  “We are very pleased that Anwen Lovett has accepted our offer to join the team at AgriFood. Anwen has strong strategic qualifications as well as significant executive management and financial skills.”

“The Board is acutely aware of the challenges facing the Vocational Education and Training sector in serving the industry and, at the same time, the opportunities which agrifood industries have to grow and value-add.  This will however be dependent on the availability of a highly skills and capable workforce which is the primary focus of AgriFood’s work. ”

“As a Board, we are confident that Anwen Lovett will help guide the organisation through its next important stage.”
“We would also like to acknowledge Arthur Blewitt’s role in building a highly regarded and innovative company focussed on skills development and culture change in the agrifood industry and regional Australia.  We wish him well in his future endeavours,” Mr Richards said.

Ms Lovett will take up her new role in mid-September 2014. 

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Ron Forrester
Senior Manager, Communications 
AgriFood Skills Australia
P: 02 6163 7214

About AgriFood Skills Australia
AgriFood Skills Australia is the key body in skills training and workforce development issues in the agrifood industry and regional Australia. It covers all rural and related industries, food processing, meat, seafood and racing. Almost 900,000 Australians are employed in this industry, and it contributes more than $200 billion to the national economy.

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