THE WAMMCO board has invited Northam farmer, rural consultant and former Grain Pool producer councillor and BankWest executive, Gerard O'Brien to become a director of the cooperative.
WAMMCO chairman Dawson Bradford, who has been acquainted with Mr O'Brien since he was an agricultural consultant with BankWest, based at Narrogin in the mid-1980's, said he would bring a wealth of practical experience to the Board.
"Gerard has been helping farmers to structure their operations both as a banker and an agricultural consultant for many years, and he has been extremely successful in his own right, as a farmer, consultant and investor. He has also assisted with various rural research projects and remains a consultant to a number of farmer clients.
"He has a significant family farming enterprise near Northam producing grain, hay, wool and crossbred lambs, and has developed an impressive commercial city property portfolio since leaving Bankwest in 1990.
Gerard was educated at Aquinas and achieved Diplomas in Valuations and Agricultural Science at Curtin University.
He is a Licensed Land Valuer, Certified Real Estate and Business Agent, Corporate Members of the Australian Association of Agricultural Consultants and Member of the Australian Property Institute.
Mr O'Brien said this week he had been a close observer of WAMMCO's transition to a cooperative and was keen to be involved in its future development.