Peak grower body WoolProducers Australia, announced the results of its biennial election for independent directors at its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 9 November.
The successful candidates were Angus Hobson, Skye Ward and Simon Riddle.
NSW grower Stacey Lugsdin and Victorian grower Helen Carrigan were unsuccessful.
Office bearer positions for WoolProducers Australia were also determined at the AGM. Steve Harrison (President) and (Acting Vice President) were all elected unopposed.
WoolProducers Australia President Steve Harrison thanked all candidates for their nominations “It was pleasing to have a contested election which included nominations from a range of candidates who all possessed great credentials”.
“As President I am looking forward to working with the new directors and I know that they will bring a lot to the organisation”.
In his President’s report tabled at the AGM, Mr Harrison spoke about the challenges that has faced wool production over the past 12-months, including detrimental government policies, declining commodity prices and seasonal conditions.
Mr Harrison also spoke about the importance of collaboration within the industry going forward.
“With significant board renewal we will be able to have fresh eyes on how we as the peak body representing Australian woolgrowers, will be able to assist producers over the next few years”.
“2024 is shaping up to be a big year for the wool industry and along with the current directors, Angus, Skye and Simon’s insights will help guide our organisation to deliver the best outcomes for woolgrowers”.
“I would also like to acknowledge Stacey Lugsdin, who as Vice-President over the past 12-months has been a great support to me and WoolProducers.”
“We have also farewelled John Hassell, who has fulfilled his tenure at WoolProducers. On behalf of the Board and staff I would like to thank Stacey, John and Helen and wish them well in their future endeavours.” Mr Harrison said.
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.