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Leader for Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges

Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Leanne Donaldson has announced the appointment of Mark Tobin as the chief executive of Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges.

“Mark Tobin has a strong background in both agriculture and education and I have accepted the unanimous recommendation of the governing board,” the Minister said.

“Mr Tobin is director of Emerald Agricultural College and has previous experience as the owner and manager of a cattle enterprise, as a leader in education at CQUniversity and in corporate governance in medical and health-related organisations in Central Queensland.

“He has a proven record and I am pleased to welcome him to his role guiding young people towards careers in the agriculture and agribusiness sectors.”

Hugh Rose, governing board chairman of Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges, said “The organisation has a very positive future with Mark Tobin at the helm. Mr Tobin is exactly the sort of person we want to lead Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges. He has loads of enthusiasm and experience.”

Mr Rose said the CEO role is one which is driven by performance, and the governing board will be supporting Mr Tobin to implement a results-based, vision-inspired plan.

“This will ensure Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges’ place in the Australian agricultural education landscape” he said.

“Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges is positioned to take advantage of opportunities for growth and we are really excited about what the future holds for Mr Tobin and the organisation”, said Mr Rose.

Mark Tobin said “I am thrilled about my role and equally excited about moving the organisation forward into the future.”

“It’s a really great opportunity for me both professionally and personally and I am grateful to the Board for giving me this opportunity to provide organisational leadership”.

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges delivers practical, skills-based training to rural industries and regional communities throughout Queensland and into other areas of Australia. The organisation aims to reflect and lead industry ‘best practice’ to provide a platform for school education, vocational education and training, higher education and agricultural research.

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