Minister Welcomes New Appointments To QRAA Board

Minister Welcomes New Appointments To QRAA Board

Queensland Minister for Agriculture Bill Byrne

New Appointments To QRAA Board

Victor P Taffa

Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne has welcomed the appointment of two experienced agribusiness finance executives to the board of the Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority (QRAA).

New QRAA Board Members:

  • Leith Boully,
  • Zoe Kenneally.

“They have strong agricultural backgrounds and bring a wealth of financial, business, governance and risk management skills to the QRAA board.” Minister Byrne said.

Leith Boully

Ms. Boully has served on many boards across the water and natural resource management, agricultural and education sectors, including currently as chairperson of SunWater.

Ms. Boully is also a director of the Isis Central Sugar Mill and an adjunct professor with the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland.

Ms. Boully is a former graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program, has tertiary qualifications in science and business, and has operated a successful farming and grazing agribusiness for 30 years.

Zoe Kenneally

Ms. Kenneally is currently the chief financial officer with international agribusiness investment firm Laguna Bay Pastoral Company, and worked for 13 years as an agribusiness director with consultancy group, Ernst and Young where she oversaw a range of technical accounting and assurance roles for major clients.”

Ms. Kenneally is a chartered accountant with extensive experience working with agricultural industries, primarily in beef, and in dealing with pastoral property valuations and audit committees.

Minister Byrne said in the last few weeks QRAA had approved more than $3.5 Million in loans and grants to hundreds of primary producers, small business and not for profit organisations impacted by Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

In 2016-17 to date, QRAA has delivered a total more than $244 Million in financial assistance supporting 3,300 Queenslanders across primary industry, small business and non-profit sectors.

QRAA Chairman, Wayne Carlson said the new directors would bring additional financial and governance experience to the board at an exciting time for QRAA which is delivering record levels of financial assistance and from 1 July 2017 will become the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) reflecting its broader role and functions including farm debt mediation.

Current director Dugald Warby has been reappointed for a further term. Mr. Warby is also a chartered accountant and is a director of Williams Hall Chadwick with extensive experience in agriculture and services to regional Queensland.

Chairman Wayne Carlson thanked outgoing board members, Georgie Somerset and Christopher Hood for their valued contribution to the QRAA board and strategic direction during their terms.

QRAA Board

  • Chairman Wayne Carlson,
  • Zoe Kenneally,
  • Leith Boully,
  • Dugald Warby,
  • Belinda Turner,
  • Elton Miller,
  • Warwick Agnew.

QRAA is a Queensland Government statutory authority and specialist administrator of government financial assistance programs including loans, grants, rebates and subsidies with a specific focus on the development of rural and regional Queensland.