APAL Tasmania Director Scott Price: The benefits of an APAL Board roleNews
At the upcoming Annual General Meeting on 10 November, current APAL director from Tasmania, Scott Price intends to step down as director on the Board of APAL.
Nominations are now open for the appointment of a new director to take on the role for the next 12 months through to November 2022.
Class A Members of APAL who carry out business in Tasmania are eligible. Nominations forms must be lodged no later than Friday 29 October 2021. Please contact Beth Schofield, CFO / Company Secretary at email@example.com.
Being a Director on the APAL Board
Scott has been involved in the apple and pear industry for over 40 years, currently as Production Manager for R&R Smith, and has been an APAL Director since 2011.
Scott believes the APAL Director role is a great opportunity for personal and professional development.
“Being a Director improves your overall understanding of the industry, and improves your own business by putting you at the forefront of new ideas as they come into Australia,” Scott said. “It’s character building, not only because you’re doing something for the benefit of the industry, but it will make you a better board-person, better at meeting procedures, improve your public speaking, and give you a great opportunity at a state level to meet all your fellow growers and hopefully make good friendships.”
One of the most valuable experiences of his time on the board was the personal connections he made with growers around Australia.
“While we haven’t had a face-to-face meeting for a while, that is one of the highlights,” Scott said. “Making friendships with fellow growers and independent Board members gives you a better insight into the Australian industry and makes you more attuned at a national level.”
Through his time as Director, Scott saw first-hand the development of the commercial arm of APAL – and the impact on industry.
“I probably didn’t realise how involved the commercial business was,” Scott said. “As it’s grown over the years, the Pink Lady business puts APAL in a very rare area as one of the few peak bodies that’s not mostly reliant on government or other bodies to fund projects. It’s vitally important for growers going forward that we have the financial ability to support them at a political and a coal face level, and becoming a Board member makes it easier to get a handle on how it all works.”
So, who would be the best person for the role?
“I think a younger person would do well as Director, someone with good financial understanding,” Scott said. “And of course they need to have a real passion for the industry.
“We are also fortunate to have such versatile people working in the management team at APAL, it’s a huge resource for Board members to call on. It’s very reassuring as a new Director to have that library of people, and for those of us with other roles to play in our own states, it helps us serve the needs of our growers and regions even better.”