After an extensive recruitment process, peak industry body for Queensland horticulture, Growcom is pleased to announce the appointment of Rachel Chambers to the role of Chief Executive Officer.

In welcoming Ms Chambers, Growcom Chair Belinda Frentz said the company’s members would be well served with Ms Chambers diverse background and strong reputation for future focused, data driven advocacy.

“The Growcom Board’s mandate to Ms Chambers includes ensuring the needs of Growcom’s members are met through optimising the structural and operational needs of the business,” Ms Frentz said.

Ms Chambers comes to Growcom after a short-term contract with the Local Government Association Queensland (LGAQ) as the Lead Transport & Logistics. Prior to her role at LGAQ she served as Mayor of the North Burnett for six years and has worked in economic development, education, health, and small business.

Ms Chambers said she was immensely grateful to the Growcom Board for entrusting her with their vision.

“The responsibility Growcom has to advocate for and improve outcomes on behalf of its members is one I don’t take lightly,” Ms Chambers said.

“I look forward to building on Growcom’s strong advocacy platforms and shaping an organisation where members are the foundation on which all our knowledge, understanding and resulting actions are based.

“I have a firm belief that to understand completely you must experience it yourself, so I will be an active Chief Executive Officer right across Queensland, because as we all know, there are not too many farms in Brisbane on George Street.

“What is near George Street however are politicians. The familiar saying, ‘It takes one to know one’ rings true in this case, as after spending the last six years as a politician I have learnt the art of being able to navigate, communicate and negotiate with government.

“In my future discussions I will strongly represent the members of Queensland’s horticulture industry with data driven arguments and eloquent debate.

“The horticulture sector will need unity, strength, leadership, and innovation to overcome the current challenges being thrown its way.

“Growcom has been a partner in horticulture for many years, and I will ensure we continue to have the industry’s back into the future as we ride out this next chapter together.”

Ms Chambers will commence her role with Growcom on Monday 27 June 2022.

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