Minister Announces New Appointments For QATC Board

Minister Announces New Appointments For QATC Board

Queensland Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Bill Byrne

QATC Strengthened With New Board Appointees

Victor P Taffa

Five new appointees have been announced to fill vacancies on the boards of the Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC).

Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Bill Byrne confirmed the names of the new members who will help to take the Colleges forward.

“The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries’ A/Deputy Director-General Leith Brown and Councillor Tony Rayner would take up positions on the QATC Governing Board.” Minister Byrne said.

“Ms. Brown has extensive expertise in corporate governance and financial management.”


“Cr. Rayner is General Manager of Remote Area Planning and Development Board Employment Services, and has many years’ experience in senior primary industries roles with the Queensland Government.”

“He was formerly the Executive Director of the Australian Agricultural Colleges Corporation, which later became the QATC. He is also a councillor of the Longreach Regional Council.”

Governing Board of the QATC decides the corporation’s strategies and its operational, administrative and financial policies.

Governing Board is also responsible for ensuring the corporation performs its functions in a proper, effective and efficient way, and acts in accordance with its strategic and operational plans.

Minister Byrne said appointments were also being made to the local college boards.

Cr. Rayner will also serve as Deputy Chair of the Longreach Pastoral College board alongside new board member Belinda Turner who is skilled in agribusiness and financial management.

Richard Pietsch, previously the deputy chair, is being appointed as chair of the Longreach board.

Kerryn Piggott will join the Emerald Agricultural College board, bringing her invaluable expertise in rural management.

Minister Byrne said the new appointees would work closely with their fellow board members to oversee the day-to-day operations of the colleges.

“The local college boards are responsible for key business planning and performance matters and curriculum development.” Minister Byrne said.

“The appointments are effective up to June 2017, which coincides with the expiry of the remaining QATC board members’ terms of appointment.” 

“QATC is an important link in Queensland’s training and skills chain, providing a pathway for young people entering the broad-acre agricultural industry, as well as further industry training for existing workers and owners.” Minister Byrne said.


Summary Of New Appointments:

QATC Governing Board:

  • Tony Rayner,
  • Leith Brown

Longreach Pastoral College Board:

  • Richard Pietsch, chair,
  • Tony Rayner, deputy chair,
  • Belinda Turner

Emerald Pastoral College Board:

  • Kerryn Piggott