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Jonathan Eccles says he's come from looking
after Australia's favourite fruit to its favourite
By PETER BRADY
BORN in Scotland of Irish parents, Jonathan
Eccles says he was almost certainly destined
to have a future with potatoes.
But before starting work in early February as the
first Potatoes South Australia Inc chief executive
officer, he had put in the hard yards in horticultur-
al industry development.
Mr Eccles started his working life at the
Department of Primary Industries, New South
Wales. He worked for the Horticultural Research
and Development Corporation on the potato
research and development program and later
became the first national industry manager for
After a stint running his own consultancy, Mr
Eccles was appointed Australian Banana Growers'
Council chief executive officer where he helped
steer that industry through last year's devastating
Queensland floods and the aftermath of Cyclone
"I guess I've come from looking after Australia's
favourite fruit to its favourite vegetable," Mr
Eccles said. The job, however, would be just as
"What attracts me is working through the whole
supply chain and the fact that it's a new organisa-
tion," Mr Eccles said.
"My background has been industry develop-
ment, and I've initiated many initiatives in horti-
culture and seen them through." He would pursue
a good working relationship with politicians and
various government departments to make clear
and focused presentations on behalf of industry on
the various issues confronting it.
"I'm really looking for ward to representing all
sectors of the industry, from growing to seed and
processing," he said.
"I also think there is also a need to promote fresh
product and the excellent new varieties."
Based in Adelaide, Mr Eccles he will be responsi-
ble to the PSA board.
"Once I have a better understanding of the State
and how the industry operates, I will work with
the board and the various sectors on a strategic
plan for the SA industry," he said.
Chairman of the PSA board Nick Psevdos said he
and his fellow directors were delighted to
announce the appointment of Mr Eccles "to help
develop and lead the new organisation".
"His skills and experience in industry develop-
ment, communications, marketing and leadership
(and) his extensive horticultural background and
passion are an asset to PSA."
Details: Nick Psevdos 0407 727 305 or Jonathan Eccles
0407 242 757.
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