MLA seeks sheepmeat and northern cattle skills in board search

Beef Central, 15/05/2023

Meat & Livestock Australia has launched a selection process that will lead to the appointment of two directors to the industry service delivery company’s board at the end of the year.

Under the selection process, the MLA board selection committee nominates two chosen candidates to fill the vacant seats, with stakeholders either endorsing or rejecting the candidates during the November annual general meeting.

The skills-based board currently includes eight non-executive directors, plus managing director Jason Strong.

This year the board selection committee is seeking two people with skills in:

  • Beef production, with experience in modern northern production systems, pasture management, genetics and nutrition, with knowledge of RD&E and emerging technologies ‘well regarded’; and
  • Sheepmeat production, with experience in modern production systems, pasture management, genetics and nutrition, with knowledge of RD&E and emerging technologies ‘well regarded’.

MLA typically has three-year terms for its directors. Those elected three years ago in 2020 included North Queensland beef producer Russell Lethbridge and South Australian sheepmeat and wool producer, Andrew Michael, plus chairman Alan Beckett. It’s understood that Mr Beckett’s term will be carried over until next year, under MLA board provisions.

Directors whose terms fall due have the option to re-stand for another term, provided they fit the selection committee’s chosen skills base criteria.

MLA is a public company limited by guarantee and has about 50,000 livestock producer members.

The board provides strategic guidance and effective oversight of the management and performance of MLA in delivering its strategy research, development & extension across the cattle, sheepmeat and goatmeat industries.

The board operates under mature corporate governance and risk management frameworks to ensure producer levies, government matching dollars and partner funds are invested effectively and in the right areas to ensure the continuing prosperity of this important Australian industry.

All candidates must have a genuine interest in, and a broad understanding of, the Australian Red Meat and Livestock industry, strong business acumen supported by demonstrable strategic aptitude, financial literacy, a sound understanding of good governance and well-developed communication skills. Key industry issues include animal welfare, sustainability, community and consumer perceptions, market access, commercializing R&D and accelerating adoption.

Nominations close 11 June.


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