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Friday, 31 May 2019

Nominations called for Dairy Australia Board

Dairy Australia is calling for nominations to fill three vacancies on its Board of Directors, in preparation for elections that will be held at its Annual General Meeting in November.

Three serving directors’ board terms are expiring this year. Chair Jeff Odgers and Professor Paul Wood have indicated that they will be re-standing for election; Mrs Jan West has indicated that she will be retiring from the Board.

In line with Dairy Australia’s Constitution, one of the vacant positions must be filled by a milk producer, with the other vacancies requiring a director with skills in agribusiness, innovation and adoption and one with extensive experience in finance, auditing and risk management.

All levy payers have recently been informed of the call for nominations through a letter sent by the Chair of the Dairy Australia Board Selection Committee, David Lord, which outlined the election process.

Mr Lord said Dairy Australia’s Board Skills Matrix states the Board must comprise of a mix of skills that represent all sections of the industry.

“With the industry going through particularly tough times, there has never been a more important time to get involved and we are looking for new leaders from right across the supply chain, to take up critical roles in helping dairy meet the challenges we are facing,” Mr Lord said.

The Board comprises of eight non-executive directors and the Managing Director. It determines the policies and directions for investing in industry service activities, approves strategic and operating plans and performance targets, and ensures good governance.

To stand for election, applicants must undergo a selection process overseen by a Board Selection Committee, made up of one Dairy Australia Board Director and four other Australian dairy industry representatives (two nominated by Australian Dairy Farmers and two by the Australian Dairy Products Federation).

Alternatively, candidates may stand for election if their nomination is endorsed with the signatures of at least 100 current Group A members.

Milk producers interested in standing should review the instructions received in the post and apply to the Board Selection Committee before 5pm, 1 July.

Executive Search firm Rimfire Resources is managing applications for the non-milk producer Director roles, to be advertised publicly. Enquiries in relation to these roles should be directed to Mick Hay of Rimfire Resources on 1300 380 701 (toll free) or on (07) 3878 3411.

Media enquiries:

Susan Hunter - Media Relations Manager, Dairy Australia

03 9694 3727 I 0417 540 059 I susan.hunter@dairyaustralia.com.au

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