The AWI Board is committed to adopting corporate governance principles and best practice recommendations in broad terms consistent with the rest of the corperate business community.
As outlined in the Company's constitution the management and control of the business and affairs of the company are vested in the Board. The Board is committed to the governance systems that enhance performance and ensure AWI operates legally and responsibly on all matters and maintain the highest ethical standards.
The main functions and responsibilities of the Board include but are not limited to; general oversight of the Company, governance, risk management, people and remuneration, and communication with shareholders. A detailed list of the roles and responsibilities of the Board can be found in the Board Charter.
The Board is composed of Directors who collectively possess the skills required to fulfill the purpose of the Board and lead the Company.
Four committees have been established within the Board to assist in the executing and delivering their roles and responsibilities. These committees include.
Audit and Risk Committee (ARC)
Chaired by David Webster
Renamed from Finance & Audit committee to Audit & Risk Committee in January 2020. Directors appointed by the Board provide guidance and recommendations to the Board and the CEO to assist in fulfilling their responsibilities relating to risk, accounting, reporting and compliance practices of the Company.
People and Culture Committee (PCC)
Chaired by James Morgan
Renamed from Remuneration & Appointments Committee to People & Culture Committee in January 2020. This committee provides guidance and recommendations to the Board and the CEO in matters pertaining to recruitment and retention on employees and policies governing remuneration for current and potential employees.
Research Development Education & Extension Committee (RDEEC)
Chaired by Michelle Humphries
Renamed from Science & Welfare Committee to Research Development Education & Extension Committee in January 2020. This Committee was established to provide guidance and recommendation to the Board and CEO regarding the scientific and research policies of the Company and on the conduct of programs relating to activities undertaken by the Company that utilise science or impact animal welfare activities. Oversight of the Education & Extension portfolio was added to the responsibilities for the committee in January 2020.
Board Nomination Committee
Established to assess the skills of those seeking election to the Board of AWI, the five-member Committee was introduced in 2011 in accordance with AWI’s Statutory Funding Agreement with the Federal Government.
Mr Laurie was elected to the Board in Novemebr 2015. He was apointed as Chairmen of teh AWI Board on 30 June 2021 foloowingMs. Garnsey's resigination as Chairman. Mr Laurie and his family operate a farming business that consists of wool, lamb and grain.
Georgis Hack was elected to the AWI Board in Noevember 2021. Georgia Hack is an accomplished retail marketing and business professional with a proven track record of building brand equity and driving profitable growth. She has over 18years experience across all marketing....
Mr Morgan was elected to the Board in November 2013.
Mr Morgan is currently a pastoralist and long term wool grower with experience in both high and low rainfall regions.
Mr Webster was elected to the Board in November 2008.
Mr Webster has spent his working life putting together a wool growing, livestock and cropping enterprise. A keen student of economics, he is a strong advocate of private enterprise commerciality and competition.
Don Macdonald was elected to the Board in November 2017.
Don Macdonald has been involved in the wool industry since 1975 as a wool classer, shearer, wool broker and grower. He has extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of wool production, harvesting, marketing and logistics.
Dr Humphries BVSc MAICD was elected to the AWI Board in November 2019. Dr Humphries is a highly respected sheep veterinarian with more than 35 years' experience in the Merino industry. She sits on a range of expert advisory committees and boards and operates a commercial Merino enterprise in the Riverina region of NSW.
Noel Henderson was elected to the AWI Board in November 2019.
Mr Henderson is a first-generation farmer and together with his wife started Avington Merino in 1996. He has developed a strong understanding of wool production and the challenges and opportunities faced by the industry.
Chief Executive Officer
The chief executive officer is appointed by the Board of Directors.
The roles and responsibilities of the CEO include but are not limited to; the ongoing management of the Company, ensuring compliance with statutory requirements, company policy standards and procedures; implementing the decisions of the board, ensuring a safe workplace, attending all board meetings and ensuring the board is infomred on all matters that may affect the Company.
AWI's current CEO is John Roberts.
John brings more than 30years experience in the Wool Industry having worked in a wide range of industry sectors throughout the entire suuply chain.
John started his career in the Wool Industry in 1988 working for the exporter Booth Hill & New Pty Ltd where he gained a considerable grounding in the areas of wool valuing, buying, hsipping, trading and wool porcessing.
He then spent the next two decades holding senior trading and manufacturing positions in a number of companies in Australia and oversea including General Manager of both Elders Wool International and Dalgety Woll Exports. His extensive history in the Wool Industry has seen him trade both greasy and processed wool to all corners of the golbe including key markets of Italy, India, UK, USA, Europe, NE Asia and China where he was stationed for 3 years in the role of Trading and Marketing Manager for Elders.
John joinged AWI in his capacity as General Manager - Eastern Hemisphere where he gained considerable exposure in the areas of product innovation, education, and marketing in overssea markets, before taking on the position of Cheif Operations Officer in 2019.
He is from a wool growing family in Binalong, NSW and holds a deep passion for the industry and its future. John assumed the role of Acting CEO in October 2021.
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AWI shareholders are able to shape the decision making process of the company via their access to information from the company, and right to vote at Annual General Meetings.