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Australian Wool Innovation’s board candidates announced

Monday, 30 September 2019

Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) shareholders will have the opportunity to choose between eight candidates for the three board director positions to be decided at the company’s Annual General Meeting on Friday, 22 November 2019.

The Board Nomination Committee met on Wednesday, 25 September to confirm the eligible candidates, each of whom met the requirement of obtaining more than 99 shareholder signatures, as outlined in the Rules and Procedures Governing the Election of Directors (Rules and Procedures) under 13.3(f) of the Constitution, by the closure of the nomination period at 5 p.m. (Sydney time) on Tuesday 24 September.

The AWI board candidates are:

  • Paul Cocking
  • George Falkiner
  • Noel Henderson
  • Janelle Hocking Edwards
  • Philip Holmes
  • Michelle Humphries
  • Wal Merriman (current AWI Director)
  • David Webster (current AWI Director)

There were three current AWI directors to retire and who were eligible to put themselves forward for re-election at the 2019 AGM. They are Wal Merriman, David Webster and Dr Meredith Sheil. Dr Sheil has advised she will not stand for re-election and will retire at the conclusion of the AGM.

The Board Nomination Committee – comprised of independent chair Dr Mary Corbett, independent industry representative Simon Cameron, Managing Partner from international executive recruitment firm Heidrick and Struggles Sydney Guy Farrow and AWI directors Dr Meredith Sheil and James Morgan – assessed the nominations to identify the necessary and desirable director competencies.

The Board Nomination Committee will provide a report to the board, for dissemination to shareholders of the company. The Committee’s non-binding recommendations will be provided with the Notice of Meeting, which will be sent to shareholders in October ahead of the AGM. Shareholders do not have to follow the recommendations of the Board Nomination Committee.

As part of AWI’s democratic process, all shareholders will have the opportunity to vote at the company’s AGM – either in person or by proxy – on who they want to represent them on their company’s board. This democratic process provides all AWI shareholders the right to have their say and is the envy of other agricultural industries.

The role of all AWI directors is to represent their shareholders – the woolgrowers of Australia – and their interests. Decisions are taken on how and where to invest growers’ funds in research and development and marketing, with an objective of increasing the long-term profitability of wool growing for Australian woolgrowers.

Given the impact of the ongoing drought on woolgrowers around the country, this role has never been more important. It is also critical that a balance of gender, skills, knowledge and experience is reflected in the composition of the company’s board.

The outcome of the election for three AWI director positions will provide a renewed opportunity for the industry to work together for the benefit of the woolgrowers of Australia and their interests and for the industry to move on from the politicking of industry activists and detractors who are a minority in one of the nation’s great industries.

How to become an AWI shareholder

To be eligible to become an AWI shareholder, applicants must have paid at least $100 in wool levies in the past three years. Paying wool levies does not automatically make an AWI levy payer a shareholder of AWI. To become an AWI shareholder, a levy payer must apply.

Becoming an AWI shareholder is free. To become an AWI shareholder, levy-paying woolgrowers should complete the shareholder application form and return it to the AWI share registry at Link Market Services. Enquiries should be directed to Link Market Services on 1800 113 373 (free call).

Persons or entities on the share register as shareholders as at 5.00pm Friday 11 October will be eligible to vote on the resolutions in the 2019 AGM.

About AWI’s 2019 AGM

AWI will hold its 2019 Annual General Meeting at 10 am on Friday 22 November 2019 at Amora Hotel Jamison Whiteley Ballroom, 11 Jamison Street, Sydney NSW.

More details related to the election of Directors, together with the Nomination Form, Consent to Nomination Form and AWI’s Rules and Procedures governing the election of Directors are available from AWI’s website at www.wool.com/agm.

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