THREE first-time nominees have been endorsed for election as directors of Meat and Livestock Australia at its annual general meeting on November 10.
They are business and events planning management entrepreneur with West Australian livestock producer expertise, Erin Gorter; global brand marketing expert and strategist Steven Chaur; and industry business builder, technologist and post farm gate value-add expert Robert Fitzpatrick.
MLA members have one month until the AGM proxy voting deadline.
MLA says all members will shortly be receiving their AGM packs in the mail, including the notice of meeting and proxy forms.
The proxy form indicates the member voting entitlements and matters to be voted on at the AGM.
MLA members who did not return their levies notice are automatically entitled to one vote at the AGM.
Members who cannot attend the AGM have until 2pm, Queensland time on Sunday, November 8 to return their proxy voting forms.
At this year’s meeting, members are being asked to vote on the election of three first-time nominees as directors of MLA, as endorsed by the board selection committee.
The selection committee, made up three independent producer representatives, three industry peak council representatives and two MLA board directors (but with no voting rights), interviewed a shortlist of candidates from a pool of 91 applicants.
This year, applicants with extensive Western Australia livestock industry knowledge, with a focus on sheep, experience in value adding and innovation post farm gate, or strong domestic and global strategic marketing and fast moving consumer goods experience, with proven financial acumen, were encouraged to apply.
As a result, the Selection Committee has endorsed Erin Gorter, Steven Chaur and Robert Fitzpatrick.
In a statement, MLA board chair Dr Michele Allan said candidates were assessed based on their skills and broad understanding of the Australian red meat and livestock industry, having strong business acumen, financial literacy, an understanding of corporate governance and a collaborative approach in making an active contribution to strategic and Board discussion.
“As a skills-based board, their role is to ensure appropriate performance goals for the company are set and achieved, while taking into account the interests of the industry and other stakeholders. This includes strategy development and review of governance, financial performance and risk management,” Dr Allan said.
MLA outgoing board directors are Dr Greg Harper, who resigned from the board in February, John McKillop and Peter Trefort.
For MLA members who can attend and cast their vote in person, the AGM will be held at 2pm at the Mercure Hotel, 85-87 North Quay, Brisbane, on Tuesday, November 10.