Spencer told the APL board this week that he would not renew his contract and would leave the company when it expires on 21 July 2019. He added that it was time for renewal in the organisation and believed it was the right time to move on.
“My only regret could be to leave the industry before it emerges from the present oversupply and grain price difficulties, so I’ll continue to work flat out for the next 10 months to improve conditions for our pig farmers,” said Spencer.
Some of Spencer’s highlights at Australian Pork have included being a pivotal figure in helping pork become one of the more popular meats in Australia.
Spencer revealed that although he does not have any professional plans after he steps down from his role, he would pursue his chairmanship of the Australian Farm Institute.
Australian Pork’s board members paid tribute to Spencer’s work and acknowledged his contribution to the country’s pork industry.
“Andrew has helped navigate the industry through an array of challenges throughout his time at Australian Pork, including the large increases in imported pork volumes, the ‘Swine Flu’ pandemic of 2009, and the price slumps of 2007/8 and 2017/18,” said Australian Pork’s board chair Andrew Lock.
“Despite all this, Andrew has overseen a long period of consumption growth, which has resulted in pork becoming the second most-consumed meat in Australia.”
The APL has begun its search to find a suitable candidate to succeed Spencer from next year.