Australia Day Honours for Crawford Fund Connections

February 1, 2016

The Crawford Fund is pleased to announce that Mr Ian MacKinnon, Dr Bruce Standen and Mr Mitchell Hooke received Australia Day Honours this year. All were appointed as members in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM).

Ian MacKinnon AM is a member of the Crawford Fund Board of Directors and Chair of the Tasmanian State Committee. He has been a Tasmanian agriculturalist for four decades and is a former Chair of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (Southern Panel). Ian received Australia Day Honours for his significant service to primary industry, particularly to crop research and policy development, and to agricultural advisory committees.

An interview with Ian is available on ABC Rural, where he talks about agricultural research. You can access the interview here.

Bruce Standen AM, member of our NSW State Committee, is the former Managing Director of the Australian Meat and Livestock Corporation. Bruce was awarded his Australia Day Honours for services to primary industry, particularly to agricultural economics, sustainability and research.

Bruce has been Coordinator of the NSW Committee for 13 years, since its inception in 2000. In addition to his work for the Crawford Fund and the Australian Meat and Livestock Corporation, Bruce’s roles at Ocean Watch Australia, the Sydney Fish Markets and the University of New England Foundation have been mentioned. You can read more about Bruce in our January Highlights E-Newsletter, and in a number of rural publications including Beef Central, Food Magazine and the North Shore Times.

Mitchell Hooke AM, former Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Council of Australia (2002-2013), was on the Crawford Fund board from 1996 until 2003. He received his Australia Day Honours for significant service to business, particularly to the mining and minerals sector, to policy development, research and trade opportunities, and to the Indigenous community. You can read more about Mitch’s contributions in some local publications including the Southern Highland News and The Land.

Congratulations to the recipients, and thanks goes out for their continued support of the Crawford Fund and international agricultural research.