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Beyond the Bale : Dec 08 - Jan 09
AWI Annual General Meeting BeyoNd the Bale New AWI chairman MRWALteR MeRRIMAN Geoff Lindon, AWI’s head sheep technologies and special projects. AWI’s new directors DR MeReDItH SHeIL MBBS FRACP PhD l Paediatrician, Medical and Veterinary Research Scientist l Director of Research and Development, Animal Ethics Pty Ltd l Honorary Associate, University of Sydney Veterinary School I am delighted to have been elected to the AWI Board, and am overwhelmed at the support I have received. Let me say to all woolgrowers: you have been heard. AWI has a responsibility to fulfill the needs of Australian woolgrowers, and to protect their reputation. In this, I am highly motivated and charged with a strong sense of responsibility. I will throw all my effort, skill and reputation behind supporting the Australian wool-growing community, and promoting to the world the high standards of your humane and ethical care of sheep. It is time to deliver thriving research programs, advocate the honest, hardworking, ethical character of woolgrowers, and promote to our international customers the unique and natural properties of beautiful Merino wool. MR LAuReNCe MODIANO l Principal and shareholder, G. Modiano Ltd I am extremely honoured to have received such backing from Australian woolgrowers at this year’s AWI board election, and very much look forward to improving the prospects for a fibre on which they, and their immediate customers such as I, depend. To reiterate, I am an international wool trader and processor and, over the past few years, my family company has been one of the top 10 buyers of Australian wool, a commodity I am passionate about and which has so much untapped potential. As a new director of AWI, I will do whatever I can to educate the international Rob Langtry AWI senior strategic adviser. consumer market about Merino wool through professional and targeted marketing. We have to create positive emotions for a unique superfibre in order to convert a whole new market over to our cause. MR DAvID WebSteR As a committed, lifelong farmer I have had firsthand experience of some of the key issues currently faced by woolgrowers, including drought, viability and profitability. I believe I am well placed to anticipate and meet the real needs of woolgrowers. And as a newly elected director of the AWI Board, I most certainly do not take my responsibility lightly, nor do I underestimate such a valuable opportunity to facilitate meaningful change for our shareholders. For we must initiate significant changes to the operating culture of the organisation, as well as the range and quality of deliverables we offer woolgrowers. Rest assured, I will be quite unrelenting in achieving for you more efficient, more beneficial outcomes. MR GeORGe b. S. FALKINeR BCom, OPM (HARvARD BuSINESS SCHOOL) l Principal and managing director, Haddon Rig Pty Ltd l Member, NSW Government Agricultural Ministerial Advisory Committee l Past Board member, Sotheby’s Australia and George Brown Electronics It is an honour to have been elected to the AWI Board. Most rewarding for me during the campaign process was meeting more than 1 0 growers in two states and finding out the direction they want AWI to head in 2008-09. Being a woolgrower myself, I have a particular interest in AWI’s on-farm research and development initiatives. I look forward to seeing the progress of the various programs, and reducing the costs for farmers in the face of ever- increasing challenges. I also look forward to understanding where AWI’s areas of priority lie, Jimmy Jackson, AWI’s general manager global product development and commercialisation. David Yardley, AWI’s general marketing manager. especially with regard to muleseing, shearer training, wool handling and our customer markets, to bring woolgrowers the most benefit for their levy investment. PHOTOS OF NEW DIRECTORS: COuRTESY The Weekly Times
February March 2009
Oct - Nov 08