PERTH, AUSTRALIA — Natalie Browning, CBH Group deputy chair, is the first Australian to be elected to the International Cooperative Alliance-Asia Pacific Regional board.

The International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) represents cooperatives from across the world with members from 318 organizations from 112 countries.

Members are from all sectors of the economy, including agriculture, banking, consumer, fisheries, health, housing, insurance, and services. The top 300 co-operatives globally have a combined turnover of more than $2.14 trillion and employ approximately 10% of the world’s workers.

The ICA has four regional offices, Asia Pacific, Africa, Americas and Europe, which all help to implement the Alliance’s activities of supporting, promoting and uniting the global co-operative movement. The 11-person board is elected via a vote of its Asia-Pacific members.

Browning, who will represent Australia for the next four years, said she was pleased to have been elected to the board.