QRIDA’s new Chief Lending Officer ready to bring fresh perspective

17 June 2021

Extensive experience in agribusiness and general business lending both in Australia and abroad has placed the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority’s (QRIDA) new Chief Lending Officer in good stead.

Jacqueline Ryan joined QRIDA earlier this year following the retirement of long-standing predecessor Tony O’Dea who was awarded the Public Service Medal for his 30 plus years contribution.

Jacqueline brings with her a fresh perspective on the rural and business lending space in which QRIDA operates.

“I’m mindful that Tony was here for a long time and he’s certainly left his own mark in the institution, so I have big shoes to fill, but equally, I hope I’ve brought a fresh perspective as well,” Jacqueline said.

Jacqueline has held senior executive roles at ANZ and NAB, worked at the former Queensland Industry Development Corporation (QIDC) and Queensland Treasury Corporation earlier in her career, as well as with Wells Fargo Bank and John Hancock (agribusiness) in the United States, managing relationships with a series of international agricultural market movers and shakers.

Jacqueline holds an MBA from the University of New England, a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) from the Queensland University of Technology and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

A memorable experience was her involvement in intensive ‘hog school’ in the United States in which Jacqueline was given an insight into the pork supply chain.  

“There’s a lot of science in the ag sector but it’s also very progressive and dynamic, which has always impressed me about this sector,” she said.

“I enjoy working with all areas of the ag and business sector – which provides plenty of challenges, access to many differing opportunities and also the chance to give back.”

Jacqueline said she was looking forward to bringing her skills to the role and making a meaningful impact on QRIDA’s role among rural and small businesses across Queensland.

“QRIDA has a strong sense of public service which is important to me. It’s great to be able to work for an organisation where there is the opportunity to fulfill that,” she said.

“There’s a lot to be proud of at QRIDA – it has a unique, niche capability as an independent administrator of government loans and grants, and it has seen a significant transformation over the last two years in particular, which has been a real accomplishment for the organisation. I am looking forward to the opportunity to be a part of the organisation as it continues its journey.”

“QRIDA’s purpose of supporting rural and regional communities drives everything we do. You can certainly sense that in the people who work in the organisation. There’s a high level of pride in what we do, and you can see the fruits of our efforts in terms of helping the rural sector and the small business community more broadly.”

QRIDA is a specialist provider of government financial assistance, farm debt services and advisory support to agencies, businesses and industries across Queensland.

For more information contact QRIDA on Freecall 1800 623 946.

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