Kiwifruit Vine Health Chair to step down

09 March 2023

KVH Board Chair Dr David Tanner announced today that he will step down from the role, and KVH Board in August 2023.

“I have been honoured to have served on the KVH Board for the past six years, including five as Board Chair, and I am thankful for the support received from across the industry. Biosecurity is integral to the ongoing success and sustainability of our industry, and I will continue to support both the KVH Board and team.”

Well known throughout the kiwifruit growing community and with a wealth of experience across the industry, David brought to the role a career steeped in horticultural science and innovation leadership. David’s involvement in the formation of KVH, and biosecurity incursion leadership has been invaluable when applied to leading the KVH Board and guiding the organisation’s strategic direction.

David looks forward to leading a seamless transition of the Chair role in the time leading up to the AGM in August. “I believe that the organisation and Board are well resourced, with the necessary skills, to continue to provide biosecurity leadership to our industry” says David. “I believe that with Simon Cook as Vice Chair, and a stable and capable board, the organisation is well prepared for this transition”.

The Board and management of KVH thanks David for his time and immense commitment during his tenure as Chair since April 2018 and as a Director since September 2016, and looks forward to his continued involvement in the industry, helping ensure continued biosecurity resilience.

With David’s resignation comes the opportunity for another grower to stand for the KVH Board. “I encourage growers to consider themselves for election in the vacancy that this change creates, as it is an important role for our industry” says David.

The KVH Director nomination process will commence in May and will be advised by the KVH Bulletin newsletter that can be subscribed to and is accessible via the KVH website.