WEST PERTH, AUSTRALIA — Following the 2018 CBH Member Director Elections, the Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC) counted the votes and advised CBH Group that Natalie Browning from Kondin has been elected as a member director in District 3.

Browning’s election represents an historic event in the co-operative’s 85-year history, as she becomes the first female elected as a grower director to the CBH Board.

Browning ran against Lindsay Tuckwell from Kondinin, Stephen Strange from Bruce Rock and Rhys Turton from York.

Wally Newman, chairman of the CBH, congratulated Browning on her appointment.

“We welcome Natalie’s appointment to the board,” Newman said. “Her deep background in farming and her experience on CBH’s Growers’ Advisory Council will bring valuable capabilities and perspectives to our board.”

Newman thanked all candidates for their campaigns and involvements in the election process.

“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,” Newman said.

Brian McAlpine and Simon Stead were re-elected unopposed in District 1 and District 5, respectively, at the close of nominations.

The formal appointment of directors will take place at CBH’s 85th Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The AGM will be held on Feb. 23 at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre, and is open to all registered CBH members.