Historic appointment to CBH board

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Kondinin farmer Natalie Browning counts herself as an accomplished farmer with loads of energy to get involved in family life and agri-politics.
Camera IconKondinin farmer Natalie Browning counts herself as an accomplished farmer with loads of energy to get involved in family life and agri-politics. Credit: The West Australian

Natalie Browning has been named the first female director on the CBH board after scooping victory in the District 3 elections today.

Ms Browning, of Kondinin, garnered the most votes, taking the top position in the elections ahead of other nominees Lindsay Tuckwell, Stephen Strange and Rhys Turton.

It is the first time in the co-operative’s 85-year history that a woman has been appointed to the 12 member board.

CBH chairman Wally Newman congratulated Ms Browning on her appointment.

“We welcome Natalie’s appointment to the board,” he said.

“Her deep background in farming and her experience on CBH’s Growers’ Advisory Council will bring valuable capabilities and perspectives to our Board.

“I’d like to personally thank all candidates for their involvement. It was a very well-run campaign by all with informed passion and importantly, respect for one another.

“On behalf of the board, we are looking forward to working with Natalie and taking our co-operative forward in what is a particularly tough international grain environment that continues to provide serious challenges.”

Former board directors Brian McAlpine and Simon Stead were re-elected unopposed to District 1 and District 5 respectively.

The formal appointment of directors will take place at CBH’s AGM this Friday.

More in this week’s Countryman.

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