Society management

Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia appoints new chief executive

The Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia has announced the appointment of Robyn Sermon as Chief Executive.

Revealing the appointment, Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia (RASWA) President David Thomas said “The RASWA Board is extremely pleased that Robyn is joining the society at a time when she has endured two difficult years, but at the same time had a very successful Royal Perth Agricultural Show 2021.

“Additionally, the future redevelopment of the Claremont Showground will feature prominently in our future plans and we have been very impressed with Robyn’s credentials in this regard.

“Robyn has leadership and board experience in a range of industries, including agriculture, and with her broad and unique skillset, she is ideally suited to lead the Royal Agricultural Society in Western Australia.”

Sermon (Photo), Fellow of the Australian Institute of Corporate Directors, has served for long periods on the boards of not-for-profit organizations including the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), also working on teams of management having served as Managing Director of the Board of Directors of the WA Future Fund. with a board of prominent Western Australians to fund and develop community partnerships.

During his time at Rio Tinto, Sermon was instrumental in developing the partnership with RASWA as a major exhibitor at the Perth Royal Agricultural Show 2017, celebrating 50 years of iron ore export.

Warning that Sermon is well equipped to lead RASWA in its very important next chapter, Thomas added: “Robyn also owns a farm in the Wheatbelt and with a very successful career focusing on regional players, she is passionate about the role of agriculture and the importance of strategic partnerships that link business, government and communities.

Sermon is the current Chair of the Curtin WACHS Regional Health Alliance and since 2019 has served as Executive Director of Innovation and Development WA Country Health Services.

She will take up her new duties on March 8.

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