Media release: AEGIC announces new Executive General Manager

06 July, 2023

The Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Courtney Draper to the position of Executive General Manager to lead the organisation.

Ms Draper is a highly qualified executive with several years of experience working in food and agricultural trade and business development, including in-market experience in Asia.  She brings an innate sense of how to turn opportunity into actions where AEGIC can collaboratively work with Industry.

Before joining AEGIC in 2022 as Market Insights Manager, Ms Draper held senior roles with the Western Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) in agribusiness and trade development.

Ms Draper has extensive commercial experience, having begun her career as a resources lawyer which saw her work in Tokyo. She has qualifications in International Relations from the University of Western Australia.

AEGIC Chair Ron Storey said the AEGIC Board was delighted to appoint Ms Draper to lead AEGIC.

”We look forward to working with Courtney and the wider AEGIC team to deliver on our purpose of increasing value in the Australian grains industry,” Mr Storey said.

“She brings to the role a deep understanding of the Australian grains industry and the right combination of skills in project delivery, leadership and technical knowledge.

“In addition, she has established strong working relationships with our key stakeholders and partners; DPIRD, the Grains Research and Development Corporation and Grains Australia.”

In April 2023 AEGIC announced a closer alliance with Grains Australia. The new structure will allow both organisations to work closely together to deliver better outcomes for Australian grains growers and the Australian grains industry through a connected set of industry good services.

Ms Draper said she was humbled and thrilled by the opportunity.

“As Executive General Manager, I’m looking forward to being able to continue to work with inspiring colleagues to address the key challenges and opportunities facing the Australian grains industry,” she said.

“I come from a multi-generational farming family, spending my childhood in the WA wheatbelt. I’m incredibly passionate about the future success of the Australian grains industry.”

Mr Storey said the AEGIC Board of Directors thanked Dr Ken Quail for leading AEGIC over the last eight months.

“Ken did an excellent job as Interim CEO with his steadying and strategic approach. Ken will continue his role as General Manager – Research and Technical Services (Sydney),” Mr Storey said.

Ms Draper’s appointment follows a recruitment process led by the AEGIC Board that considered a strong field of internal and external candidates. She will take on the role of Executive General Manager from 24 July 2023.

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AEGIC combines market insight, analysis, and technical capability to develop applied solutions that increase value in the Australian grains industry.

AEGICs primary beneficiaries are Australian grain growers, but the impact of AEGIC’s work spans the whole grains supply chain from growers in Australia, whose grain is valued internationally, to consumers who enjoy baked products and beer made from Australian grain. 

AEGIC delivers value by:

  • Providing market insights to help the Australian grains industry breed, grow, classify, and supply grain that markets prefer to buy.
  • Educating grain customers on the premium value of Australian grain so they have a longer-lasting interest in purchasing it.
  • Developing new market opportunities and high-value alternative uses for Australian grain.
  • Maintaining access to existing, premium markets.
  • Diversifying market options to manage risk. 

AEGIC is an investment of the Western Australian Government through the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC). This structure will change during the second half of 2023 (as announced in April 2023) whereby Grains Australia will replace GRDC as a Member of AEGIC. 

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