EXPERTISE in northern cattle production systems, meat production and supply chain systems with an emphasis on customer demand, and strategic R&D and portfolio analysis are the core skills being sought as Meat & Livestock Australia seeks to elect three board-members later this year.
The six-month selection process will conclude with endorsement of the candidates by member vote at MLA’s annual general meeting in November.
Advertisements appearing in the weekend press, and on Beef and Sheep Central from Monday, will call for candidates to nominate for three non-executive director positions on the MLA board.
Directors known to be completing their current three-year board terms this year include chairwoman, Michele Allan, northern beef producer George Scott, and Victorian seedstock producer Lucinda Corrigan.
All three have the option to stand for another three-year term if they so choose, but in doing so would still have to go before the board selection committee, along with other nominees.
The board selection committee is at liberty to seek skills in board members where it sees greatest need at the time, and is under no obligation to simply duplicate the skill-sets of existing board members.
For board members to be elected later this year, the selection committee is seeking candidates with expertise in:
- Northern cattle production systems, including (but not limited to) live export, sustainability, infrastructure, MSA and genetics
- Production and supply chain systems, and key drivers of red meat customer demand, both domestic and international
- Strategic R&D and portfolio analysis in the food industry, with a focus on food science, innovation and food production.
The selection committee makes the point, however, that candidates with other specialist skill-sets, including experience in international trade, are also encouraged to apply. All applicants should possess the following:
- A broad understanding of the Australian red meat and livestock industry
- Strong business acumen, sound financial literacy and corporate governance
- Well-developed communication skills, with a collaborative approach in making an active contribution to strategic and board discussion
- An understanding of adaptive capacity, change management and adoption in relation to social, environmental and financial factors.
Board nominations will close on Friday 3 June, after which the selection committee will meet in July to finalise a short-list of candidates, for interview in August. The selection committee will then put forward its three chosen candidates, for endorsement or rejection by MLA producer members at the MLA annual general meeting being held in November.
Historically, calls for MLA board nomination have attracted more than 100 candidates, drawn from a wide cross-section of industry.
The MLA board’s role is to ensure appropriate performance goals are set and achieved and ensure risk is appropriately managed, while taking into account the interests of the industry and other stakeholders. Board responsibility includes strategic development and review of the company’s governance, financial performance and risk management.
For further information on MLA and an information pack outlining the board-member application process, click here.