Views: 4 Author: Site Editor Publish Time: 2019-07-12 Origin: Site
WICP Chairman Mr Ron Cullen and AWI Chairman Ms Colette Garnsey/Pic: wool
Under the new model, two consultation forums will replace AWI’s existing industry consultative committee – a core AWI WICP and a broader group of the AWI Woolgrower Consultation Group (WCG). Cullen’s appointment is effective for 12 months from July 1, 2019.
Cullen is an experienced and respected agribusiness executive, having been actively engaged in the agriculture industry his entire working life. In his former roles as chief executive and non-executive director of the Sheepmeat Council of Australia he played an active role in the development of an export-oriented sheepmeat industry worth more than $3.5 billion a year. He is the current chair of the National Sheep Genetics Advisory Committee and chair of Animal Health Australia’s Sheep Health Programme Steering Committee.
“The organisation had been reviewing its consultation arrangements since last year with a view to improving two-way communication with its woolgrower stakeholders – as recommended by the AWI review of performance. The process involved holding workshops with woolgrower representative groups and taking feedback and submissions from the industry. AWI believes to be effective, accountable and productive, genuine consultation is essential,” the chairman of AWI Colette Garnsey said in a press release.
“Having somebody of Cullen’s calibre – with his strong chairing skills, extensive experience and knowledge of industry and good understanding of AWI’s corporate governance framework – will ensure the WICP is a genuine consultative forum that will give woolgrowers a real say in the future of our industry,” Garnsey added.
“Having been actively engaged in agriculture throughout my career I believe I can make a positive and productive contribution as chair of the WICP and I look forward to the challenge. The unanimous support of the ICC gives me the confidence to get on with facilitating effective consultation with Australian woolgrowers,” Cullen said.