CBH veteran Will Piercey has been appointed the new manager of the grain handler’s Albany Port Zone and will make the move from Perth to the Great Southern to take up the role. It will be a homecoming of sorts for Mr Piercey, who has spent the bulk of his 15-year career at CBH working in the Albany Port Zone, plus a few years in Perth. Mr Piercey started his career at CBH in 2005 when he was appointed Area 14 manager, based at Hyden, before becoming terminal manager at Albany Port Terminal in 2008. He spent nearly 10 years working for CBH at Albany, as both the terminal manager and the Albany Port Zone stock manager. Since August 2017, he has worked as the company’s country quality manager from his base at Australian Grains Centre in Forrestfield. In that role, he is responsible for making sure all of the grain delivered to CBH’s receival sites complies with necessary regulations for export. Mr Piercey will start his new role on July 6 and will initially be based at Perth before moving to Albany, but exactly when he will make the move has not been finalised. His initial focus as Albany Port Zone manager and the leader of about 500 staff will on preparing for the upcoming harvest. CBH normally starts to open a trickle of Great Southern receival sites in November before harvest really gets going in December. Mr Piercey said he was excited to return to the same zone he started his career at CBH in. “It is a productive zone and I really enjoyed working in it,” he said. “I was really excited to have the opportunity to work in the Albany Port Zone again and to work with the teams to plan this harvest. “The first priority will be planning and preparation for the upcoming harvest... and travelling through the zone to meet the teams.” With dozens of receival sites, four zone areas, and a port, Mr Piercey will have his hands full as the Albany Port Zone manager. The zone stretches from Lake Grace in the north to Albany in the south, and west and east to Boyup Brook and Jacup respectively. Growers in the zone harvested 3.2 million tonnes of grain last harvest. Mr Piercey said he wanted to be the type of leader who listened to and empowered staff, and gave them the information required to make decisions independently. Raised on his family’s farm at Esperance, Mr Piercey worked on the property for several years after finishing high school before leaving the farm to go travelling in 2000. A trip around Australia saw him land in Geelong, where he completed a diploma of agribusiness at Marcus Oldham College. He spent about five years travelling and working in different roles across Australia before returning to WA to work in farm management roles near Esperance. He took up his first role at CBH in Albany in 2005. Mr Piercey said he was passionate about the Albany Port Zone and would draw on his extensive experience in the area to benefit growers. “The Albany Port Zone has a mixture of a lot of different commodities... it has a road and rail network, grain is sold into the domestic market and for bulk export,” he said. “There are a lot of different farming practices between the Lakes area and the South Coast, with different rainfall totals and challenges. “It is a really important part of WA.” Mr Piercey’s appointment will return a sense of normality to the Albany Port Zone, after former manager Adam Wray left CBH on April 24. Kwinana North general manager Allan Walker has been acting as a temporary replacement for Mr Wray, while CBH Area 4 manager Chad Atkinson has stepped into Mr Walker’s role in an acting capacity. Both Mr Walker and Mr Atkinson will return to their normal roles in July. Mr Wray resigned 14 months after he replaced long-standing predecessor Greg Thornton, who held the Albany Port Zone manager post for 10 years. Mr Wray, an experienced chemical engineer, was at the time described by CBH chief executive Jimmy Wilson as one of the two hires “new to grain”. CBH started advertising the position on its website on April 29, saying it was looking for a leader with “extensive experience in the Australian grains industry”, with “exposure to either storage and handling, logistics, grain marketing, or agronomy”.