Sugar Research Australia – Non-Executive Chair & Directors

  • Location: Brisbane, Queensland
  • Type: Recruitment
  • Job #2134
Sugar Research Australia
  1. Non-Executive Chair
  2. Two Non-Executive Directors

Sugar Research Australia Limited (SRA), Australia’s leading Sugar Industry Research Organisation, is seeking to appoint a Board Chair and two Non-Executive Directors to join its board.

About SRA

SRA is an industry-owned company which invests in and manages a portfolio of research, development, and adoption (RD&A) projects that drive productivity, profitability, and sustainability for the Australian sugarcane industry.

SRA is governed by a skills-based board of seven directors, a majority of whom must be independent. The role of the board includes to approve strategic and operating plans, review the company’s performance against plans, and seek advice and recommendations from the SRA Research Funding Panel for contestable investment of the SRA Research Funding Pool.

Key selection criteria

For the three current vacancies, the Director Selection Committee is particularly seeking directors with expertise and knowledge in one of the following

  1. Sugarcane processing.  
  2. National and international Research and Development, technology, technology transfer, commercialisation and adoption including:
    • a background in science or technology with working knowledge of the Australian and global research sector and a strong understanding of contemporary developments in research, translation, adoption, and extension, and
    • strategy level experience in the commercialisation of R&D, IP and the integration of technologies into marketable products and services.
  3. Administration, prioritisation, oversight, monitoring of Research and Development which includes executive and/or Board experience in this area and an understanding of benefits of economic analysis in relation to R&D projects.

Non-Executive Chair

In addition to the key selection criteria outlined above, the Chair must also be able to meet the following criteria:

  1. a non-executive Chair with an understanding of the agri-business sector, and
  2. experience chairing a Board of a corporation or governance body with demonstrated rigorous and sophisticated governance structures (incl. strategic thinking, organisational/cultural change, legal and compliance).

The Chair will also have commercial skills and experience in achieving strategic outcomes in an agriculture-based industry. The Chair will be required to spend time visiting the sugar cane growing areas in Qld and northern NSW regions.

Directors are remunerated by way of a fixed annual fee. Reasonable board-related expenses are met by the company. Directors will be appointed for a maximum term of up to three years.

For further information including a position details document, contact Glee Mitchell at

Applications close midnight on Sunday 23 June 2024.


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