BSES Chief Executive Officer Eoin Wallis retires today after dedicating 23 years to the sugar industry.
Eoin commenced his career in the sugar industry in 1989 when he was appointed Group Manager Extension Services at BSES. Prior to this appointment, Eoin was employed by the University of Queensland in the Department of Agriculture where he was involved in coordinating a research program for the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
In March 2001, Eoin accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director with BSES. Since then, Eoin has led BSES through numerous challenges including its corporatisation in 2003, and more recently the ASA’s industry reform program.
Prior to this appointment Eoin led the Sugar Research and Development Corporation as its Executive Director. He was a director of both the CRC for Sustainable Sugar Production and the CRC for Sugar Industry Innovation through Biotechnology.
Eoin’s extensive industry knowledge and leadership skills have served BSES well in meeting the challenges set out in the reform. His service to the industry was recognised in the Sugar Industry Research and Development Service Award in 2006.
‘My experiences within the industry have covered a wide range of emotions: some stimulating, some happy, some frustrating, some defining, but mostly enjoyable. I have met and interacted with a wide range of industry members and will have great memories of those interactions and discussions, but it is the dedicated and professional staff of BSES that I will miss the most,’ said Eoin.
‘While Eoin’s presence at BSES will be sadly missed, the BSES Board, management and staff wish Eoin all the very best for his retirement,’ said BSES Chair Paul Wright.
Photo: Eoin and wife Betty at Eoin's industry retirement dinner.