CBH in good Stead

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Northam farmer Vern Dempster has ended an almost five-year tenure as CBH board vice-chairman, handing the reins to Cascade grain, cattle and sheep farmer Simon Stead.

Mr Dempster announced last Friday he had decided not to renominate for the position he had held almost consecutively since April 2013.

CBH released a statement saying it had appointed Mr Stead as deputy chairman, “effective immediately”.

Mr Stead joins CBH chairman Wally Newman as the two grower directors at the helm of CBH’s 12-person board, which includes nine member directors and three independent directors.

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“Vern is a very passionate supporter of our industry,” Mr Newman said.

“In particular, he has been a long-time champion of the co-operative business model that puts the grower at the centre of everything we do.

“On behalf of the board, I congratulate Simon on his appointment.

“I look forward to working closely with him and the rest of the Board as we continue to execute our strategy to ensure our growers remain internationally competitive.”

A cattle, sheep and grain farmer, Mr Stead farms at Cascade and Dalyup near Esperance within CBH’s Esperance Port Zone.

While CBH’s other four port zones have two representatives, Mr Stead is the only member director in the Esperance region.

Mr Dempster joined the CBH board in April 2008.

He was appointed deputy chairman in April 2013 and served in the role for a year, before taking up the position again in August 2014.

Mr Dempster will remain on the board after being re-elected to the position in February 2017, with three year tenure up next year.

Mr Stead was elected onto the board in February 2015, replacing Esperance Port Zone director and long-time chairman Neil Wandel.

At the time, Mr Stead said he was in favour of the co-operative structure which was “providing control and a high level of investment in the network”.

Mr Stead runs a mixed cropping, sheep and cattle operation in Cascade and Dalyup in the Esperance port zone.

He has been a member director of the CBH Board since 2015 and is the CBH appointed representative on the Co-operatives WA Council, as well as a member of the Industry Advisory Board of the UWA Institute of Agriculture and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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