News Article

FPSA Independent Chair

Introducing our new Independent Chair, Martin Andrew.

Martin brings a wealth of experience in chairing meetings throughout his career, beginning from his time as university student. Over the years he has chaired bodies in the research, rural industry, education and NFP sectors.

Martin is a graduate of the AICD‘s Company Directors course.

Martin‘s connection to the fruit industry goes back to his roots – he was raised on a family orchard at Waikerie. (He recognises, however, that his 50+ year old skills in cutting apricots are no longer really relevant!).

Martin’s career has spanned the CSIRO in Darwin where his colleagues included to tropical horticulturalists brackets mango, cashew).  He was the last Academic Director at what was Roseworthy Agricultural College and became Associate Professor in the University of Adelaide following its merger.

His subsequent consulting career focused in the rural sectors for Government and R&C Corporation clients. His work included R&D planning and evaluation, and pioneering work in vegetation carbon offsets. His consulting assignments included projects covering horticulture.

Martin is a member of the Rural Media and Communicators SA-NT, and he has been attending their meetings for the last 35 years.

For the last 15 years he has focused in organisational improvement through helping clients make sense of the ISO standards for Quality, Safety, Environment, and Information Security. Martin is a lead auditor for all these standards.

And for something a little different, he is also a sessional commissioner in the SA Environment, Resources and Development Court; this draws on his original training in vegetation ecology.

Martin looks forward to getting his hands dirty as he gets involved with the apple, pear and cherry industries, and supports the FPSA board and its CEO Jose to achieve their vision for these industries.