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November 29, 2017

Fruit Growers Victoria executive officer Tony Harris.

Fruit Growers Victoria has appointed Tony Harris as its new executive officer.

Chairman Gary Godwill said this appointment would help Fruit Growers Victoria implement its new strategy for improved member services.

‘‘Tony comes with a great deal of experience managing member-based organisations, and we’re very pleased to have him leading FGVL,’’ Mr Godwill said.

‘‘He recently ran member services for the Australian Stock Horse Society, based in Scone, NSW. The society has more than 9500 members.

‘‘Prior to that Tony worked in the meat processing industry as member services officer at NCMC in Casino, and business process manager at Midfield Meat in Warrnambool.

‘‘He has also had experience working on his family dairy farm, as well as roles in banking and finance.’’

Mr Harris thanked the Fruit Growers Victoria Board for the opportunity.

‘‘I look forward to a long and productive time working with FGVL members, growers, directors and staff for the benefit of all in the industry,’’ Mr Harris said.

‘‘My proudest achievement at the Australian Stock Horse Society was offering members reasons to belong and reversing declining membership numbers.

‘‘This requires hard work and listening to others — both of which I’m keen to do in this industry.

‘‘We have a good strategic plan for FGVL, and my immediate focus will be on implementing this for members.’’

Mr Harris is based at the Mooroopna FGVL offices and attended the annual meeting on November 14 and the recent Future Orchards walk.

■Mr Harris is available on 0448 288 253 or email execofficer@fgv.com.au to discuss any FGVL matters and he welcomes contributions and ideas from everyone.

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