Matthew Coleman has been elected to the position of Chair of the Board & President of The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria Ltd (RASV), effective as at the completion of RASV’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 23 August, taking over from Stephen Spargo AM who announced he was vacating the position.
Mr Spargo will continue to serve on the Board, of which he has been a Director for almost 16 years, including seven years as Chair.
Mr Coleman owns and lives on a commercial dairy farm in Gippsland and has an extensive background in government and private enterprise. He has been a Director of RASV since 2011.
“I am delighted that my new role will enable me to contribute further to the development of RASV's business and, with our management team, to help RASV celebrate the importance of Victorian agribusiness,” Mr Coleman said.
“Stephen Spargo has overseen great change at RASV and strengthened our relationships with all agribusiness sectors and government and I thank him, on behalf of RASV, for his invaluable contribution as Chairman of the RASV Board.”
Mr Spargo welcomed Mr Coleman’s appointment as Chairman of RASV and said the organisation was fortunate to have a person of Matthew's calibre, with his depth of agricultural experience and business skills, to lead the RASV Board in the years ahead.
“It has been a great pleasure for me to serve our members and be involved in so much that is happening in agribusiness in Victoria," Mr Spargo said.
"Through the dedicated work of the management team, RASV has kept agriculture front and centre in all of its annual programmes and events to ensure the critical importance of agribusiness to the Victorian economy is understood and appreciated.
“RASV conducts important agricultural events and programmes throughout the year, including the unique and much loved Royal Melbourne Show as well as managing a most important commercial venue business at Melbourne Showgrounds.”
RASV's flagship event, the Royal Melbourne Show, has maintained its position as Victoria’s largest annual community event and premier showcase for agribusiness in the State, contributing economic value in the order of $240 million.
“The overall estimated total value of RASV activities and events, including events held at Melbourne Showgrounds is approximately $332 million,” Mr Spargo said.