It is with great pleasure that I announce that Mr Ross Leggett has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with Rural Solutions Queensland Inc. (RSQ) trading as Rural Financial Counselling Service and Small Business Financial Counselling Service Southern Queensland, commencing 1st November 2021.
Ross comes highly qualified to lead RSQ and most recently, he has worked as a Senior Manager with the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA). At QRIDA, he has demonstrated his commitment to rural and regional Queensland and his passion for assisting primary producers and small business owners to overcome challenges and improve their financial position. This involvement has spanned numerous QRIDA programs with which we are very familiar, including the Drought Loans, Disaster Assistance funding and the First Start and Sustainability Loans.
Ross holds a Bachelor of in Agricultural and Resource Economics, coupled with a Master of Public Administration and he has most recently completed the Company Directors Course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
In addition to his formal qualifications, Ross has extensive experience in leading and facilitating positive change within rural organisations and has utilised his leadership skills to guide and manage geographically dispersed teams such as ours. Currently, Ross is leading a portfolio management team based from the Gold Coast to Rockhampton, Innisfail and out to Hughenden whilst also working regionally himself.
With our warm welcome to Ross, comes a fond farewell to our highly respected Chief Executive Officer, Jenny Whip who shall step down from her role at the end of November after more than 20 years dedicated service. As the Foundation and only CEO of RSQ to-date, Jenny will be stepping back to spend more time with family. The organisation we see today is solely the result of Jenny’s dedicated and strong leadership where she has capably grown RSQ to be an established and respected provider of choice for many rural community support services, in particular, Financial Counselling Services within the rural and small business sectors. Jenny’s strong leadership, vision, determined commitment, dedication and passion has contributed hugely to the success of the organisation that we know today.
I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Jenny for her outstanding contributions over many decades to Rural Solutions Queensland, Rural Financial Counselling Service and Small Business Financial Counselling Service Southern Queensland and wish Jenny all the best for the future.
Chair of the Board
Rural Solutions Queensland Inc.