WAFarmers has appointed Trevor Whittington as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), who brings a wealth of political and agricultural experience which will position the organisation strongly ahead of the Federal Election.
WAFarmers President Tony York said that Mr Whittington has been acting in the role for five months and his official appointment demonstrates confidence in his ability to drive strategic outcomes, improve operational procedures while overseeing and implementing policy and advocacy for our members in the farming community.
“We are pleased that Trevor has accepted a long-term contract with WAFarmers and he can continue our work to strengthen, reform and invigorate our organisation to put our members’ agenda front and centre in the public arena,” Mr York said.
“Trevor joins WAFarmers at a time where the industry is under greater scrutiny and our farmers need strong representation at state and federal levels to ensure their voices and the needs of agribusiness are heard.”
Trevor Whittington has extensive managerial and political experience having worked as the Chief of Staff for State Government Ministers responsible for mines, petroleum, fisheries and agriculture and has been a CEO of a not-for-profit organisation.
Mr York said that Mr Whittington’s appointment is not only timely ahead of the Federal Election but it is also six weeks ahead of the WAFarmers Annual Conference (14 – 15 March 2019).
“Under Trevor’s guidance this year’s Annual Conference: Trending Ag 2019 will be an excellent opportunity for members and the wider industry to share and understand more about the evolution of agribusiness in Western Australia,” he said.
Growing up on a family farm in Corrigin, Mr Whittington has been active in the Western Australian agricultural sector including horticulture, viticulture, pastoral, produce exports and agricultural machinery.
“This is a great opportunity for me to use my skills and experience in support of an organisation that represents the people who are the back bone of Australia.
“As CEO of WAFarmers I plan to work with our members, industry and government to ensure the best possible outcomes and practices for agribusiness in Western Australia.
“We have our work cut out for us, but we are a strong and agile team and we are ready to be a proactive voice in Perth and in Canberra,” Mr Whittington said.