Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) shareholders have endorsed all changes to the AWI Constitution related to the implementation of the Review of Performance recommendations and have elected two new directors to the AWI board.
Shareholders at the 2019 AWI Annual General Meeting in Sydney have voted to approve the changes to the Constitution in a significant milestone in the company’s commitment to implement in full the recommendations of the Review of Performance – in consultation with woolgrowers.
The endorsement of the changes takes the overall Review of Performance implementation rate to 96 per cent, with 73 out of 82 recommendations (89 per cent) now implemented in full.
AWI expects to implement the remaining recommendations in 2020. The recommendation related to the tenure of directors is the subject of ongoing consultation with the wool industry and is expected to be put to shareholders at the 2020 AGM.
The results of the AGM vote on the resolution related to changes to the Constitution are:
|Changes to the Constitution||272,375||43,959||20,781||Approved|
AWI shareholders have today elected two new directors to the seven-member AWI board – Dr Michelle Humphries and Mr Noel Henderson. Six new candidates stood for election to the board, having met the requirement to secure the nominations of more than 99 AWI shareholders, and two existing directors offered themselves for re-election – Mr Wal Merriman and Mr David Webster.
The three candidates with the most votes from shareholders, in person and by proxy, were elected to the three vacant board positions.
The results of the AGM director election votes are:
|Mr Wal Merriman||146,398||152,825||3,543||Not elected|
|Mr David Webster||159,465||129,997||8,552||Elected|
|Mr Paul Cocking||45,212||138,004||40,729||Not elected|
|Mr George Falkiner||74,145||123,352||35,900||Not elected|
|Mr Noel Henderson||139,370||85,300||22,899||Elected|
|Dr Janelle Hocking Edwards||132,662||84,648||26,438||Not elected|
|Mr Philip Holmes||129,784||91,221||23,237||Not elected|
|Dr Michelle Humphries||166,140||95,549||18,953||Elected|
AWI Chairman Ms Colette Garnsey welcomed Dr Humphries and Mr Henderson to the board.
“We know that Dr Humphries and Mr Henderson are passionate about the Australian wool industry and, like existing board members, are absolutely committed to AWI’s mission of supporting woolgrowers,” Ms Garnsey said. “They bring a diverse set of skills and experiences to the board – along with fresh ideas and insights – and we look forward to working with them.”
The director election process will result in the departure from the board of former AWI chairman Mr Merriman. Mr Merriman has served on the AWI board since 2004 and was chairman from 2008 until his retirement in 2018.
Ms Garnsey thanked Mr Merriman for his long service to AWI and the Australian wool industry.
“As a director and past chairman of AWI, Wal has left an indelible legacy,” she said. “He has been a tireless, selfless and passionate advocate for woolgrowers and the industry today is so much stronger and sustainable thanks to his long leadership of AWI.
“It was Wal who engaged the industry with great brands and key retail markets. His vision has ensured wool is a valuable, considered and appreciated fibre by fashion houses and consumers around the world.”
Ms Garnsey also offered her thanks to outgoing AWI Deputy Chairman, Dr Meredith Sheil, who did not put herself forward for re-election and retired at the end of the AGM.
“Since joining the board in 2008, Meredith has made an enormous contribution to AWI, particularly in the areas of science and welfare but also governance,” Ms Garnsey said. “On behalf of the board, I wish her well in her future endeavours.”