AWTA stalwarts retire

31 May, 2007 07:00 PM
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TWO long-standing members of WA¹s Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA) laboratory will retire at the end of June.

AWTA Fremantle senior manager Paul Walsh and sampling operations manager Colin Biddiscombe collectively clocked up more than half a century of service and have decided to call it a day.

Mr Walsh graduated from the University of WA in 1973 and joined the AWTA in 1986 as the technical manager.

In 1990 he was promoted to laboratory operations manager and became responsible for the day-to-day performance at Fremantle. He became the senior manager in 2001 after the AWTA transition to a new executive management team.

Andrew Lindsay will replace Mr Walsh in July. Mr Lindsay comes from a sampling operations manager position within AWTA¹s research and development division in Sydney.

He has been heavily involved with the development of colour standards and fibre diameter testing.

Mr Biddiscombe joined AWTA in 1972 and is currently the longest serving employee at the Fremantle laboratory with more than 35 years service.

He came to AWTA after the completion of the Australian Objective Measurements Program (AOMP) and is one the few employees remaining in the company from this period.

Mr Biddiscombe experienced the rapid growth of presale testing in Australia and worked with the technological developments in sampling and testing technologies.

In 1985 he was promoted to sampling operations manager and has retained the position ever since.

Mr Biddiscombe is renowned throughout WA for his professional and dedicated relationships with many people in the wool industry.

Rob Halion will replace Mr Biddiscombe and takes up his appointment in July.

Mr Halion is a qualified woolclasser and began employment with the AWTA in 1981.

In 1986 he was appointed to the position of certification controller and then client services controller in 1998.

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