MEDIA RELEASE

2 July, 2019

Ron Cullen ticks the box for Chair of the Independent Woolgrower Industry Consultation Panel

WoolProducers Australia (WoolProducers) has welcomed the announcement by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) of Mr Ron Cullen being appointed as the independent chair of the new Woolgrower Industry Consultation Panel (WICP).

WoolProducers nominated Mr Cullen for this position due to his proven agribusiness and governance knowledge and experience.

WoolProducers President, Mr Ed Storey said, “We are extremely pleased that our nominee, Mr Cullen was unanimously endorsed by other members of WICP”.

“In putting forward a nominee for this role, WoolProducers were keen to find someone that could be considered independent but knew the workings of the industry and also had strong chairing and governance skills, Mr Cullen certainly ticks all of those boxes”, Mr Storey said.

The establishment of the WICP and the broader Woolgrower Consultation Group (WCP) replaces the former Industry Consultative Committee (ICC).

One of the 82 recommendations made in the 2018 Review of Performance of AWI was to redefine the consultation arrangements to enable independent advice to be provided on investments made by AWI and to recommend opportunities for the AWI Board to consider.

“WoolProducers has long been critical of the ICC process as it was essentially meaningless, so we have much higher expectations for the new industry consultation mechanisms within AWI”.

“WoolProducers believes the appointment of Mr Cullen as chair is certainly a step in the right direction”. Mr Storey said.

ENDS

WoolProducers Australia contact:
Ed Storey
President
0438 309 500

Jo Hall
Chief Executive Officer
0488 554 811