Dr Gavin Porter

Dr Porter, who grew up at Gatton, graduated from the Queensland Agricultural College, now known as the UQ Gatton Campus, in 1983 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Horticultural Technology).

After managing a vegetable property for two years he returned to UQ.

For 17 years he lectured and researched at the University and became an industry leader in the field of intellectual property management and commercialisation of new fruit varieties.

During this time he mentored and taught hundreds of students who went on to have successful careers in agriculture and horticulture.

Dr Porter thoroughly enjoys his career and he encourages people to enter the horticulture industry. His commitment to ‘learning something new every day’ is the secret to his successful career.

While at UQ he was awarded a Doctor in Philosophy (Botany) for his study in Physiological and Biochemical Factors contributing to the Postharvest Characteristics of Peaches.

With the skills, Dr Porter gained from his time at UQ Gatton he transitioned into working for industry in 2002.

He took on the role as Company Secretary and Treasurer in the Associated International Group of Nurseries based in Washington State, USA.

After eight years he became the Chief Executive Officer of this organisation.

Dr Porter is also the Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Australian Nurserymen’s Fruit Improvement Company and the Chief Executive Officer for Horticulture Fresh Australia.


Gatton Gold Medal


Bachelor of Applied Science
Doctor of Philosophy