Sheep Producers Australia has appointed two independent directors to its skills-based board.
Chris Mirams will become executive chair and Anne Astin will be an independent, non-executive director, who will chair the Audit and Risk Committee.
SPA’s new constitution says the board can comprise up to nine directors — seven appointed through member elections following a selection process and two independent, board-appointed directors to fill any skills or knowledge gaps.
President Allan Piggott said as SPA bedded down its new processes as a company limited by guarantee, the board felt it was integral that it had input from skilled governance professionals with experience in similar organisations.
‘‘The board is looking forward to working with both Chris and Anne,’’ he said.
‘‘Chris will be filling the role of executive chair following former CEO Dr Kat Giles’ return to Adelaide this month and will transition to the role of independent chair in future,
‘‘He will manage the establishment and smooth operation of our new governance processes, working with Sue Dillon, who has been seconded for six months from Meat & Livestock Australia to the role of general manager policy and projects, and SPA’s existing policy team while the search for a new CEO is conducted.’’
Mr Mirams has 30 years experience in farm management and has served in senior governance roles in a range of organisations including MLA and its subsidiary companies, the Graham Centre in NSW, and the Holbrook Landcare Network.
Mr Mirams said he was looking forward to working with the SPA team and providing leadership in the operation of the new constitution and governance structure.
Dr Astin brings extensive governance experience and currently chairs the Food Agility Co-operative Research Centre, Sir William Angliss Institute of TAFE and Dairy Food Safety Victoria.