Applications sought for three MLA Board Director positions

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has called for applications to fill three non-executive director positions on its Board.

Each year, as part of the Board selection process, three non-executive directors are elected to the Board, with applications for the current round closing on Friday, 31 May 2019.

MLA’s Board is skills-based and currently comprises nine directors including eight non-executive directors and the Managing Director. Directors are nominated through the Selection Committee and appointed by members at MLA Annual General Meetings (AGMs) for a three-year term, with retiring directors able to nominate for re-election.

The MLA Board provides strategic guidance and effective oversight of the management and performance of MLA in delivering its strategy. 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.

As a skills-based Board and in line with current specific requirements, candidates with extensive skills and experience in at least one of the following areas are encouraged to apply:

  • Knowledge and connections across the agri-food ecosystem including RDC sector, government and research providers, and demonstrated experience in food value-adding
  • Extensive experience in technology and innovation, logistics, data and integrity systems, entrepreneurship and legal
  • Broad production experience, running a multi-faceted enterprise with a proven track record in strategic thinking and precision agriculture.

All candidates must have a genuine interest in, and a broad understanding of, the Australian red meat and livestock industry, strong business acumen and financial literacy. A sound understanding of good governance and well-developed communication skills ensuring a collaborative approach is highly regarded.

MLA is committed to providing an environment which respects and promotes equality and diversity to better reflect their sector. As a result, MLA would welcome and encourage all suitably qualified candidates to apply.

Applicants are subject to a thorough selection process, where the Board Selection Committee, assisted by an external Board recruitment consultant, considers nominations, conducts interviews and then endorses candidates for election to the MLA Board by MLA members at the AGM each year.

Candidates put forward for election by the members are selected by a nine-person Board Selection Committee which is made up of three industry representatives, four member-elected producer representatives and two non-voting members of the current MLA Board. The number of candidates endorsed by the Selection Committee must be equal to the number of vacancies to be filled.

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