WAFF hunts new chief

Rueben HaleThe West Australian
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WAFarmers has advertised for a new chief executive officer to work in either a full-time or part-time role.

The organisation has been without an executive leader since Peter Nolin resigned in the first week of May.

WAFarmers vice-president Tony York said the State's largest and longest-serving farm lobby group hoped to identify some suitable candidates within the next few weeks.

Mr York said the organisation was keen to continue to roll out its Recharge and Reconnect strategy, with plans to bolster declining membership revenue via a suite of new areas of expertise.

"In our future plans we plan to build a portfolio of legal and administrative services," he said.

"We want WAFarmers to be a go-to organisation for a range of farming matters, so we're looking to provide a legal and administrative referral service as one of our new revenue measures."

Mr York also said recent tough financial decisions had strengthened the organisation going forward.

"After making some changes like moving to Guilford, we find ourselves in a position where the finances haven't worsened," he said.

"All of our plans now are around making our organisation more attractive to members."

The successful applicant is expected to fill a number of duties, including being accountable for the financial operations of the business, building a strong membership and sponsorship base, and providing leadership and direction in developing a strong team culture that is supported by clear roles, key performance indicators with appropriate evaluation, feedback and training of staff.

Selection criteria include having a successful track record running an organisation with proven financial management, corporate governance and compliance skills, and experience in providing high-level strategic and operational leadership and management within an organisation.

According to the advertisement placed by WAFarmers, knowledge of the agricultural industry is desirable, but not essential.

Mr Nolin had little experience of the agricultural sector when he was offered the position.

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