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Board of Directors
Australian Wool Innovation is a not for profit enterprise that that works on behalf of about 60,000 Australian woolgrowers that help fund the company.
The company invests in research, development and marketing along the global supply chain for Australian wool - from fibre to fashion, from woolgrowers through to retailers.
The Directors of Australian Wool Innovation Limited, their qualifications and experience are listed below.
Ms Garnsey was elected to the Board in November 2011. She was appointed as Chairman of the AWI Board on 9 November 2018 following Mr Merriman's resignation as Chairman.
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 Seven West Media. Previously Ms Garnsey was executive director at Premier Investments' 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 and TTIPAC advisor to Ministers Robb and Ciobo.
Finance & Audit Committee member
Remuneration & Appointments Committee member
Science & Welfare Committee member
Stakeholder Engagement Committee member.
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. Avington is renowned for its innovative, ethical and technologically enabled approach to wool production as well as its commitment to sustainable management of the property. He was a Vice President of the Australian Superfine Wool Growers Association and has been the Chairman of the Macedon Ranges Agribusiness Forum since 2016.
Mr Henderson had an extensive career in the construction industry in Australia, and internationally, having been a long serving Director of Multiplex as well as a Director of other private and public companies. The experiences in these companies included finance and business management, legal and compliance, marketing and trade, people and culture management, technology development and implementation as well as quality assurance.
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.
Dr Humphries owns and operates Livestock Breeding Services Pty Ltd, a sheep artificial breeding company with centres at Jerilderie and Yass, NSW.
Dr Humphries is a non-executive director of Murray Local Land Services and MerinoLink Limited and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Australian Veterinary Association’s Sheep Veterinarians Group, the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) Policy Advisory Council, and is a wool industry representative on Animal Health Australia’s Consultative Committee on Emergency Animal Diseases. She is also a member of the AVA Live Export Policy Working Group.
Dr Humphries holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from The University of Sydney. She has completed further education in Finance, Corporate Governance, Corporate Strategy & Risk, Emergency Animal Diseases, and Wool Science & Processing.
Mr Laurie was elected to the Board in November 2015.
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.
Finance & Audit Committee member.
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. 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 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.
Chair, Stakeholder Engagement Committee.
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. 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.
Chair, Remuneration & Appointments Committee
Science & Welfare Committee member.
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. He advocates 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.
Chair, Finance & Audit Committee
Science & Welfare Committee member.
AUDIT & 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 & CULTURE COMMITTEE (PCC)
Chaired by Don Macdonald
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 of employees and policies governing remuneration foro current and potential employees.
RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION & EXTENSION COMMITTEE (RDEEC)
Chaired by James Morgan
Renamed from Science & Welfare Committee to Research Development Education & Extension Committee in January 2020. This Committee was established to provide guidance and recommendations 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 this committee in January 2020.
STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE
This Committee was established in November 2018. Its major role was to provide input and guide development of AWI’s policy and direction of stakeholder relations and engagement with a focus on monitoring and improving stakeholder perceptions and satisfaction. This committee was discontinued 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.