GROWCOM'S annual general meeting last week marked the last duties of outgoing chairman John Bishop and director John Brent who have served their full terms under the constitution.
Growcom thanked Mr Bishop and Mr Brent for the valuable service they had given the Queensland horticulture industry and wished them well in their next endeavours.
Mr Bishop has been a successful horticultural producer for more than 40 years, growing a wide diversity of crops including heavy produce such as potatoes, other vegetables including salad vegetables and orchard crops such as mangoes and figs.
He has had decades of active involvement in the affairs of the horticulture industry before this term of office, beginning his involvement with the Committee of Direction as a member of the Vegetable Sectional Group Committee in the 1970s.
He began a second term as board member of Growcom (then Queensland Fruit and Vegetable Growers Ltd) in the late 1990s and became Growcom chairman in November 2007.
Mr Brent's family has farmed vegetable crops in Boonah for more than 90 years. He and his brother Peter chose to diversify their business into fresh food processing in the 2000s.
Mr Brent became a non-executive Growcom Board Director in 2005.
Growcom thanked both men for their selfless dedication to the advancement of the horticulture industry.
The incoming Growcom chairman is Jonathan Shaw, Austinville blueberry grower, agricultural consultant and active member of the Australian Blueberry Growers Association.
The meeting also welcomed new board members:
Derek Lightfoot, (deputy chairman) managing director of Tropical Pines
Susan Allan, Mundubbera fruit grower
Matthew Hood, Lockyer Valley vegetable grower
Colin Jeacocke, Gin Gin mango and dragon fruit grower
Les Williams, Wamuran pineapple grower
Kent West, Kalbar carrot and beetroot grower
Lorelle McShane, Dalbeg zucchini and squash grower.
Growcom management welcomes the depth of commercial experience and knowledge of the new board and looks forward to the next phase of Growcom's growth.