MLA AGM – Proxy votes close 8 November

09 October 2015

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) members have one month until the Annual General Meeting (AGM) proxy voting deadline.

All MLA members will be receiving their AGM packs in the mail this week, including the notice of meeting and proxy forms. The proxy form indicates the member voting entitlements and matters to be voted on at the AGM. MLA members who did not return their levies notice are automatically entitled to one vote at the AGM.

Members who cannot attend the AGM are encouraged to return their proxy voting forms by 2pm (Qld time) Sunday 8 November 2015.

At this year’s meeting, members are being asked to vote on the election of three first-time nominees as Directors of MLA, as endorsed by the Board Selection Committee.

The Selection Committee, made up three independent producer representatives, three industry peak council representatives and two MLA Board Directors (but with no voting rights), interviewed a shortlist of candidates from a pool of 91 highly skilled applicants.

This year, applicants with extensive Western Australia (WA) livestock industry knowledge, with a focus on sheep, experience in value adding and innovation post farm gate, or strong domestic and global strategic marketing and fast moving consumer goods experience, with proven financial acumen, were encouraged to apply.

As a result, the Selection Committee has endorsed three nominees for election as Directors of MLA:

  • Business and events planning management entrepreneur with West Australian livestock producer expertise - Erin Gorter.
  • Global brand marketing expert and strategist Steven Chaur.
  • Industry business builder, technologist and post farm gate value-add expert Robert Fitzpatrick.

Chair of the MLA Board Dr Michele Allan said candidates were assessed based on their skills and broad understanding of the Australian red meat and livestock industry, having strong business acumen, financial literacy, an understanding of corporate governance and a collaborative approach in making an active contribution to strategic and Board discussion.

“As a skills-based Board, their role is to ensure appropriate performance goals for the company are set and achieved, while taking into account the interests of the industry and other stakeholders. This includes strategy development and review of governance, financial performance and risk management,” Dr Allan said.

MLA outgoing Board Directors are Dr Greg Harper (resigned from the Board in February 2015), John McKillop and Peter Trefort.

For MLA members who can attend and cast their vote in person, the AGM will be held at 2pm at the Mercure Hotel, 85-87 North Quay, Brisbane, on Tuesday 10 November 2015.

Members who are unable to attend the AGM must complete and return their proxy form by 2pm (Qld time) on Sunday 8 November. 

For replacement proxy forms members can email membership@mla.com.au or call 1800 675 717.

For more information about the AGM.

For media enquiries contact:
MLA Media Manager Rose Glasser, rglasser@mla.com.au ph. (02) 9463 9198

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