CBH has fired a shot across the bow of its embattled director Trevor Badger, detailing extraordinary allegations that he breached board confidentiality by revealing the identity of a woman at the centre of a complaint against the former chairman. The $4 billion company shocked members last Wednesday with news it would hold an online, special general meeting in coming weeks to ask members to vote for a resolution proposing Mr Badger be stood down after 14 years. CBH chairman Simon Stead said Mr Badger had allegedly “materially breached” the directors’ code of conduct “in relation to matters of board confidentiality”. The grain handler today bowed to growing unrest amongst its grower members surrounding the secrecy of allegations against Mr Badger and published details of the five alleged breaches on its website. It also outlined how the special general meeting would proceed on May 15, via a live webcast and teleconference, for growers to vote on a resolution to remove Mr Badger from the board. In two of the alleged material breaches, CBH claims Mr Badger revealed the name of a woman who was at the centre of a complaint about alleged inappropriate comments made by former chairman Wally Newman. An independent third party investigated Mr Newman in 2018 after a whistleblower lodged a complaint alleging he had made comments about a woman at a grains conference. CBH alleges Mr Badger “deliberately disclosed” the name of the woman to a CBH grower member, despite the findings being provided to directors on a “strictly confidential basis and subject to professional privilege”. The grower member, who knew the woman Mr Newman allegedly made the comments about, then made a formal complaint to CBH. A three-person governance committee made up of three board members was then form to investigate Mr Badger. The company claims he also told or confirmed the woman’s name to other growers, and had “repeatedly criticised the leadership and culture of the board”. CBH said that by disclosing the name of a woman, Mr Badger had “recklessly exposed the woman to the risk of unwelcome and detrimental consequences”, and “potentially undermined CBH’s ability to be trusted to collect and investigate whistleblower complaints that are sensitive in nature”. Speaking to Countryman, Mr Badger denied he had spoken about the same woman in regards to the specific circumstance investigated by CBH. However, he said growers had raised concerns with him about other “offences” involving the same woman, and other women. “I believe those (separate) offences have been reported to CBH but I have no knowledge of them being have dealt with,” Mr Badger said. “I advised those growers to go to CBH or use the CBH whistle blower process. “I did not name her (the woman he has been accused of naming), but the name was brought up regarding allegations not linked to the CBH investigation.” CBH members will be asked to decide Mr Badger’s board future on May 15. More in next week’s Countryman.