MEAT & Livestock Australia is calling for applications to fill three non-executive director positions on its board.
Each year, as part of the board selection process, three non-executive directors are elected to the board, with applications for the current round closing on Friday, June 2, 2017.
Current directors due to retire after three-year terms include southern sheep meat producer Chris Mirams, northern beef producer Geoff Maynard and audit and corporate services professional and Victorian beef producer, Alan Beckett. Any of the three can stand for re-election.
MLA said its board is skills-based and comprises 10 directors including nine non-executive directors and the managing director Richard Norton. Appointments to the board are for a term of three years, with retiring directors able to nominate for re-election.
MLA said its board’s role is to provide strategic direction to the management of the company, ensuring that appropriate performance goals are set and achieved, risk is managed within the board’s risk appetite, corporate governance, and investment criteria to ensure the interests of industry are taken into account and funds are invested effectively and in the right areas. As a skills-based board and in line with current specific requirements, candidates with extensive skills and experience are being sought from the beef, sheep meat or financial, audit and risk framework oversight sectors.
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Sheep candidates must demonstrate industry knowledge and experience
Beef production candidates should have demonstrated knowledge and/or experience of northern production systems and knowledge and experience in pasture management, genetics and nutrition; an understanding of research development and extension, and/or; emerging technologies and their application and implementation, including but not limited to IT and data.
Sheep meat production candidates should demonstrated knowledge and/or experience in diverse production systems and knowledge and experience in pasture management, genetics and nutrition; an understanding of research development and extension, and/or; emerging technologies and their application and implementation, including but not limited to IT and data.
Candidates from the financial, audit and risk framework oversight sector should have demonstrated knowledge and experience in Australian and global operations, and compliance with statutory obligations under the Corporations Act and under the Federal Government funding arrangements.
MLA said candidates with other specialist skill sets are also encouraged to apply. All applicants should have an understanding of the Australian red meat and livestock industry structure, and demonstrated ability in high level strategic thinking, leadership, corporate governance, strong business acumen, including sound financial literacy. They should have well-developed communication skills, with a collaborative approach in making an active contribution to board discussion.
MLA said applicants are subject to a thorough selection process, involving a selection committee assisted by an external board recruitment consultant, to consider nominations, conduct interviews and then endorse candidates for election to the MLA board by MLA members at the annual general meeting each year.
Candidates put forward for election by the members are selected by a nine-person Board Selection Committee which is made up of three industry representatives, four member-elected representatives and two non-voting members of the current MLA board. The number of candidates endorsed by the selection committee must be equal to the number of vacancies to be filled.
For more information about MLA, the board selection process and to get an Information Pack, please visit www.mla.com.au/board-director-positions
MLA’s 2017 annual general meeting will be held in Alice Springs, NT from November 21-22 2017. Click here for more information.