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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

Ms Garnsey is Core Brands Director at Premier Investments, previously Group General Manager at Pacific Brands Underwear Group. She is a board member of the L'Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival (since 2006), a judge of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year, a Committee member of CEW, and until recently was a Committee member of the Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Innovation Council (since 2010). She has had over 30 years' experience in retail and was formerly in senior management at David Jones Limited for over 20 years most recently holding the position of Group General Manager. Ms Garnsey has also had five years' manufacturing, wholesale and distribution experience and spent three years in consultancy across design, retail and manufacturing for various companies within the Textile, Clothing and Retail industries in addition to spending three years as an Advisory Board member of the CSIRO Textile, Clothing Footwear & Leather (TCF&L) Sector Advisory committee.

Special responsibilities:
Chair, Remuneration & Appointments Committee.

 
Ms Colette Garnsey

 

Mr Jock Laurie

After working as a jackaroo in Victoria and southern NSW, Mr Laurie returned to the family grazing business in 1979, and continued working in it until 2000. Since then, he and his family have been operating 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, Don 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. Don has served as Director on AWEX, Chairman of the Inland Wool Brokers Association, member of Industry Service Advisory Committee and member of NSW Farmers Wool Committee.

 
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

Dr Sheil is a specialist Paediatrician, Medical and Veterinary Research Scientist, Honorary Associate of the Sydney University Veterinary School, and a Commercial Woolgrower. Dr Sheil is a founding director of Medical and Animal Ethics R&D, responsible for inventing / developing a wound anaesthetic for lambs undergoing mulesing and is currently pursuing research into the development of similar practical and affordable pain relief medications for livestock, companion animals and humans. Dr Sheil is a local government councillor, member of the board of NSROC (North Shore Regional Organisation of Councils) and a Graduate of The Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 
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