In keeping with the plan to better engage with members and industry experts, the Herefords Australia Board have this week finalised the Board committees and structure with several Herefords Australia members being appointed to the new committees.
Deputy Chairman Marc Greening described the new committee structure as an exciting initiative that would allow and encourage greater member engagement across a range of areas important to the company.
“The committee structure is an exciting initiative by Herefords Australia to engage and allow members from various geographical locations to contribute to the increased promotion and market compliance of Hereford cattle, through the Marketing, Technical and Industry committees.
“The committees not only engage members but are designed as a program for enlisted industry experts to assist the Herefords Australia Board and staff to be more informed and proactive to the commercial realities on the ground,” Mr Greening said.
Each of the new committees (Industry, Marketing and Technical) are comprised of Board Directors, a Herefords Australia staff member and three to four member representatives with independent industry experts to be appointed to each committee as necessary.
Of the member representatives each committee has at least one ‘Young Gun’ member which the Board hopes will serve as a succession platform for the organisation by offering the under 30 y/o members the chance to gain experience and contribute to the company organisation.
“[Including the Young Gun members] will enable talented young industry participants to gain an understanding of organisational operations to eventually put their hands up for a Board position in the future,” Mr Greening said.
Chairman Ms Trish Worth said that the committees have been designed to ensure that focus areas for the organisation were receiving input from not just Directors, but also from members and industry experts.
“Herefords Australia is fortunate to have members from different regions, with skills and experience that will benefit HAL.
“The addition of independent experts will also ensure high quality industry insights and scrutiny of planned initiatives.
“As with any Board committee, the newly formed committees will work alongside the Board of Herefords Australia in providing recommendations to the Board. All decisions then taken will be made by Directors,” Ms Worth said.
The Industry committee will be comprised of Sam Becker (Chairman), Michael Beattie (HAL staff), Ian Durkin, Mark Duthie, Alex Sparkes, Bart Bowen, Ben Langford and Sarah Day (Young Gun).
The Marketing committee includes Marc Greening (Chairman), Ro McNaught (HAL staff), Geoff Birchnell, Mark Duthie, Alex Sparkes, Nicole Hayes, Richard Longbottom, Anna Holcombe (Young Gun) and Alicia Trovatello (Young Gun).
The Technical committee is Lachy Day (Chairman), Michael Beattie (HAL staff), Mark Baker, Ian Durkin, Marc Greening, Ian Locke, Sarah Becker (Young Gun) and Kate Reid (Young Gun).
The Chairman of the Board Trish Worth and HAL General Manager Andrew Donoghue will both be ‘ex officio’ on all HAL Board Committees.
For the full committee listing, click HERE.