The PCA board has announced new leadership including Andrew Tout as chair 

Andrew Tout, chair of the PCA board

Andrew Tout has been elected as the new chairman of the PCA board.

Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) the peak industry body representing commercial hydroponic and greenhouse growers in Australia has elected Andrew Tout as the new chairman of the board.  

Tout, formerly a casual director, stepped into the role with a commitment to innovation and growth. 

In a statement, Tout expressed gratitude to the outgoing chair, Matthew Plunket, who was in the role for over six years.  

“I am honoured to build upon the strong foundation laid by Matt, my fellow directors, our current EO Julie Krieger and her team, and I am eager to lead the PCA into a future of continued success.” 

The election also saw Andrew McIlwain take on a new role as new deputy chair. McIlwain initially came on board in July of 2023 as a casual director. 

“As our industry continues with strong growth, I am eager to continue the forward momentum, delivering value for our members and industry partners,” McIlwain said. 

New directors Melanie Power, Jack Mooney, Louise Austin and Alistair Mclean were also elected during the October AGM.  

Tout expressed enthusiasm about their diverse perspectives and is especially excited about bringing two growers to the board which he says is, “a very positive step for the organisation.”