WoolProducers Australia will be holding a contested election for this year’s Independent Director Elections.
Five nominations were received for the three positions open on the Executive of the nation’s peak body for woolgrowers, WoolProducers Australia.
President Steve Harrison said that the level on interest for this year’s election was pleasing for the organisation and it provides member woolgrowers to vote on who they think will best represent their interests in national policy setting.
“Eligible nominations were received from Helen Carrigan, Vic; Angus Hobson, NSW, Simon Riddle, Vic and Skye Ward, NSW, along with incumbent Independent Director, Stacey Lugsdin, NSW.”
“We are really pleased to have five great candidates vying for election to our Board. The Independent Directors add a lot to our discussions and overall culture of our Board and organisation”.
The successful candidates will be required to become directors of WoolProducers Australia Ltd as part of the WoolProducers Australia Executive and the positions are for a term of two years.
Candidate statements will be published on WoolProducers website and made available with the ballot paper.
Mr Harrison said, “I urge all eligible growers to read these statements and consider who will best represent your interests in terms of policy setting and advocacy on behalf of industry before you vote.”
All wool growers who are direct members of WoolProducers Australia or are members of a State Farm Organisation that is affiliated with WoolProducers Australia, which includes NSW Farmers Association, Victorian Farmers Federation, AgForce Qld, Livestock SA, Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association and WA Farmers are eligible to vote.
For the first time voting will be conducted electronically with independent voting solutions company, Vero Voting conducting the ballot on WoolProducers behalf.
There is also a mechanism for those who are unable to vote via email, whereby a voice message can be left at 02 6110 2067 by COB 16 October with name, phone number and State Farming Organisation and an alternative will be arranged.
The close of voting is Friday, 3 November. The results will be declared at the 2023 WPA Annual General Meeting on 9 November, 2023.
Further information can be obtained from the WoolProducers Australia office via firstname.lastname@example.org or on the website https://www.woolproducers.com.au/director-elections
WoolProducers Australia contacts:
Jo Hall, CEO
0488 554 811
Steve Harrison, President
0427 468 303
About WoolProducers’ Australia
WoolProducers plays a critical role in working closely with companies and entities funded by woolgrower funds including compulsory levies or fees for service.
Its mission is to develop constructive and profitable outcomes for woolgrowers nationally.
The agency is responsible for appointing a director to each of the Australian Wool Exchange and the Australia Wool
Testing Authority, promoting good corporate governance and ensuring that the interests of growers are met.
WoolProducers maintains a working relationship with Australian Wool Innovation as the voice of woolgrower shareholders. It aims to contribute to AWI’s programs for the benefit of growers, promoting responsible use of levy funds and ensuring good corporate governance.
WoolProducers is the sole wool industry member of Animal Health Australia, and as such, carries a significant responsibility for decision making on behalf of the industry in the event of an emergency animal disease outbreak.
As the only wool grower organisation with membership of the National Farmers’ Federation, WoolProducers is responsible for providing key policy advice on behalf of our members, and other wool growers, to Australia’s peak farm body.
WoolProducers also works closely with the Federal Government Departments on key issues such as animal health and welfare, biosecurity, pest management control, natural resource management, drought preparedness, emergency animal disease outbreak preparedness and industry development, including research, trade and logistics.