News Article


   Monday 1st July, 2019

The Board of Food & Fibre Gippsland is delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Griffin as its new Chief Executive Officer.
He will join Gippsland’s peak industry body for the seven-billion-dollar food and fibre sector on July 15, 2019.

With a 20-year career in financial services, Mr. Griffin brings a strong background in business development and relationship management, combined with a passion for innovation and economic growth.

Having spent the last four years with the Commonwealth Bank in Gippsland in an Agribusiness Relationship Executive role, he is looking forward to the challenges ahead as the sector strives to achieve sustainable targets to increase food and fibre productivity in Gippsland.

Reflecting on his appointment, Paul said: “I am both honoured and excited to be selected to lead Food & Fibre Gippsland into this next phase of growth, and to build on an already well-established culture of collaboration, innovation and engagement.

“I accept with confidence and determination that we will continue the momentum of this collaborative powerhouse to shape the future development of the sector.

“Having called Gippsland home for the last seven years, I love everything about life in the region and to be at the helm of the organisation representing and advocating for such large and diverse sector that plays a vital part in the economic prosperity of so many communities, is a dream role for me.

With proven leadership and customer relationship skills, Paul is keen to hit the ground running in a few weeks to connect with food and fibre producers and processers of all sizes and types to continue to understand and respond to their challenges and ideas.

“Members, stakeholders and industry partners will certainly be a huge focus for me, and I’m keen to further develop relationships that help build on core capabilities right across the region.

“We are so lucky to live in such a fantastic part of Victoria – and together with industry partners, our Shire Councils and the wider community, I want Food & Fibre Gippsland to continue to lead the charge in making Gippsland’s food & fibre producers and processors of all sizes and every associated business in the sector a constant talking point, not only here in our own state, but across Australia and even more ambitiously, the world ! “he concluded.

The CEO appointment follows a successful amalgamation earlier this year between Agribusiness Gippsland and the East Gippsland Food Cluster (EGFC) that has been stewarded by Dr. Nicola Watts as interim CEO, following nine years of leading EGFC to be one of the most successful food clusters in the Asia Pacific region.

“I congratulate Paul on his appointment, and I am pleased to be handing over to him a strong and well-positioned organization, which is already set to directly deliver more than $4.5m of projects over the next couple of years to support a prosperous and sustainable Gippsland food & fibre sector.

Dr. Watts will continue to be involved in Food & Fibre Gippsland in a project consultant capacity.

“I am looking forward to working with Paul and continuing to be part of the collaborative force which is leading capacity building, innovation and greater connectivity, for the greater good of the sector across the whole of Gippsland, as well as engaging in some interesting new opportunities”

Co-Deputy Chairs Andrew Bulmer and Stuart Quigley extended a warm welcome to Mr. Griffin and shared their enthusiasm for a bright future with the peak industry body.

“In amalgamating two strong organisations, we are now ready for a significant era of growth and transformation as we deepen our collaboration with members, industry partners and stakeholders.

“We are confident that Paul’s skills and experience will be invaluable in leading Food & Fibre Gippsland into this next phase as the sector continues to evolve as the economic engine that drives the region.”

Dr. Watts remains interim CEO of Food & Fibre Gippsland until Mr. Griffin formally takes over on 15th July.