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Nigel Burnett elected new chair of Cotton Australia board

Aug '21
Nigel Burnett; Pic: Cotton Australia
Nigel Burnett; Pic: Cotton Australia
The cotton industry’s peak grower body Cotton Australia (CA) has announced the election of Nigel Burnett as the new chairman to lead the sector into an era of growth, quality enhancement and environmental efficiency. Burnett was elected at a virtual meeting of board members that also acknowledged the work of outgoing chair Hamish McIntyre.
Burnett, previously the deputy chair, comes from a family of agricultural leaders, with his father Ian previously serving as president of AgForce Queensland and brother Ross the deputy chairman of the Queensland Farmers Federation and a director of the Cotton Research and Development Corporation.
“I was looking forward to working with the board and Cotton Australia staff to further advance our reputation as among the world’s best producers of quality cotton,” Burnett said in a press release. “We have a number of key priorities that I will be giving attention to including rebuilding trust in our industry, our environmental sustainability framework, our industry leading myBMP programme and the many projects with our partners, aimed at improving stewardship and biosecurity.”
“As deputy chair I was lucky enough represent Australian cotton growers in Hong Kong, Shanghai and the export market development tour to Qingdao and Nantong. I will be vitally interested in global developments for cotton including securing new markets for our product,” Burnett added.
“I am honoured to have worked alongside Burnett, the board and senior leaders during such a difficult period including drought, the trade issues with China and the unique challenges of the pandemic,” McIntyre said in the release.
“I am pleased that I am leaving the role with the industry in a good place with strong demand for our cotton at strong prices as the industry looks to a much-improved crop of more than 4.5 million bales next season.”
Cotton Australia's CEO Adam Kay thanked the board for their guidance during the last term and joined the chair in welcoming McIntyre’s re-election to the board along with new board members Elizabeth Stott and Angus O’Brien. Rowena grower Bernard Bierhoff was elected deputy chair, according to the company.
“We have an exciting season in front of us and some issues, but we are up to the challenge. We are committed to growing the reputation of Australian cotton with our trading partners, retailers and the general public – all of whom are demanding not only quality but the best environmental outcomes,” Kay said.

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