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Board of directors

The Directors of Australian Wool Innovation Limited, their qualifications and experience are listed below.

Mr Walter B Merriman, Chairman

Mr Merriman is Managing Director of the Merryville Stud. He oversees extensive commercial pastoral interests giving him broad farming and grazing experience. Mr Merriman has served on several industry boards, including National Woolgrower Forum, Major Woolgrowers Group and is past president of both NSW and Australian Stud Merino associations. Mr Merriman also has strong links with the Italian wool industry.

Special responsibilities:
Remuneration & Appointments Committee member
Science & Welfare Committee member
Finance & Audit Committee member.

 
Mr Walter Merriman

 

Ms Colette Garnsey OAM, Deputy Chair

Ms Garnsey has 38 years of retail, wholesale, distribution and marketing experience with Australia’s top brands in multiple geographies. Currently she is Non Executive Director of Flight Centre Travel Group and TTIPAC advisor to Minister Ciobo. Previously Ms Garnsey was executive director at Premier Investments’s The Just Group, and in senior executive positions at David Jones and Pacific Brands. She has had over 30 years’ experience in department stores and has dealt with globally successful brands and designers bringing many to Australia. Ms Garnsey has also been Advisory Board member of CSIRO 1997-2001; Advisory Board member Australian Government Innovation Council 2010-2012; Director Australian Fashion Week 1998-2009; Judge Veuve Clicquot Business Women of the Year 2008-2014.

Special responsibilities:
Chair, Remuneration & Appointments Committee.

 
Ms Colette Garnsey

 

Mr Jock Laurie

Mr Laurie and his family operate a farming business that consists of wool, lamb, beef and grain on properties at Walcha, Bendemeer and Gunnedah. Mr Laurie has also been actively involved in agricultural policy and lobbying since 2000. He spent four years as President of the NSW Farmers Association and two and a half years as President of the National Farmers Federation. During this period, he gained experience and training in both corporate governance and as a director. Through his role at the National Farmers Federation, he was exposed to international trade negotiations that are very important to the profitability of Australian agriculture. Mr Laurie has long term experience in the agriculture industry, and also ten years of board and agricultural policy experience. He aims to direct his skills at driving profitability in the wool industry.

Special responsibilities: 
Science & Welfare Committee member
Finance & Audit Committee member.

    
Mr Jock Laurie

 

Mr Don Macdonald

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. As Managing Director of Macdonald & Co Woolbrokers in Dubbo, NSW, he has developed strong business skills and enduring relationships with the grower sector and the downstream exporting and processing sector. He has farming interests at Brewarrina, where he also operates a CRT outlet, Tilpa and Molong in NSW. Mr Macdonald has served as a Director on AWEX, Chairman of the Inland Wool Brokers Association, member of Industry Service Advisory Committee and member of NSW Farmers Wool Committee.

Special responsibilities:
Finance & Audit Committee member.

 
Mr Don Macdonald

 

Mr James Morgan

Mr Morgan is currently a pastoralist and long term wool grower with experience in both high and low rainfall regions. After graduating from Glenormiston Agricultural College, and continuing his education on-property, Mr Morgan is now the Managing Director of the Mutooroo Pastoral Company and administers a large livestock enterprise in the Hunter Valley region. Additionally, Mr Morgan manages Outalpa Station with his wife and children.

Special responsibilities:
Chair, Science & Welfare Committee
Finance & Audit Committee member.

 
Mr James Morgan

 

Dr Meredith Sheil MBBS FRACP PhD GAICD

Dr Sheil, a commercial woolgrower, is a Medical and Veterinary Research Scientist, Paediatrician and a founding director of Bio-medical Research and Development company Medical Ethics Pty Ltd responsible for inventing/developing a wound anaesthetic for lambs and calves for pain relief following husbandry procedures, and is currently pioneering research and development of similar practical and affordable pain relief medications for livestock, companion animals and humans. Dr Sheil has served as a local government councillor, Deputy Mayor and a member of the board of NSROC (North Shore Regional Organisation of Councils). She is a Graduate of The Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Special responsibilities:
Science & Welfare Committee member.
 
Dr Meredith Sheil

 

Mr David Webster

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. He has very strong views on upholding the rights of farmers without undue regulation and impediments to running their businesses. Mr Webster places a high priority on giving value to shareholders, particularly for compulsory levy payers. Mr Webster is Chairman of iron ore resources company Athena Resources Limited. He is also a Director of Australian Wool Testing Authority Ltd.

Special responsibilities:
Chair, Finance & Audit Committee
Remuneration & Appointments Committee member
Science & Welfare Committee member.

 
Mr David Webster