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CEO moves on

David Eyre, founding CEO of the Future Food Systems CRC, is stepping down from the role.

Future Food Systems Chair, Fiona Simson, thanked Eyre for his vision and dedication over the past three years in leading the CRC.

“David’s belief in the CRC model, and the power of industry, government and research institutions working together has laid a great foundation for our CRC. The CRC is perfectly positioned to achieve a step-change in our food value and supply systems which is a fitting testament to David’s vision,” she said.

Eyre said the CRC’s mission to join low-environmental-impact food production and better human nutrition is of immense importance to global sustainability. It is also critical to ensuring that Australian industry adapts to the ‘conscious consumer’ mega-trend.

“I am very proud of what the team has achieved with our partners”, he said. “With 10 projects completed, 19 in progress and many more commencing, including the flagship Food Technology Facility and food innovation hub collaboration in WA, the CRC is in great shape for its next phase of growth.”

“After four intense years, first building the consortium and then as Future Food Systems CEO, I need to take the foot off the pedal and spend more time with family.”

Under an innovative and collaborative pilot arrangement, Food Agility CRC has agreed to provide the services of Richard Norton, currently CEO of Food Agility, to undertake the role as Interim CEO.

Norton will be the joint CEO of both organisations, which will create exciting new opportunities for both CRCs and for the Australian food sector.