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British Wool Needs ‘Ewe’ - British Wool Non-Executive Board Member Nominations

British Wool is a producer led organisation that works on behalf of its members under cooperative principals, handling wool from all UK sheep farmers regardless of wool type, location and quantity.

British Wool markets the wool it handles collectively, in a managed way throughout the year, to maximise the value received by all wool producers in the UK.

British Wool’s Non-Executive Board consists of nine regionally elected and two publicly appointed independent members. Collectively the board is responsible for the success of British Wool and provides strategic direction to the Executive team that manages the business.

Elected Board members serve for three year terms and we are now inviting nominations for Board members to represent the English South West region, Welsh Southern region and Scottish Northern region. The term of office for each of these positions will commence at the start of April 2022.

The Board members who have offered themselves for re-election are as follows;

John Davies                 (Welsh Southern Region)

Donald Fraser             (Scottish Northern Region)

The Board members who have not offered themselves for re-election are as follows;

Alan Marshall             (English South West Region)

The Board as a whole is collectively responsible for the success of British Wool.  The Board’s role is to:

  • ensure that British Wool adheres to its governing document and principals
  • provide entrepreneurial leadership of British Wool within a framework of prudent and effective controls which enable risk to be assessed and managed
  • set British Wool’s strategic aims, ensure that the necessary financial and human resources are in place for it to meet its objectives, and review management performance
  • set British Wool’s values and standards and ensure that its obligations to its stakeholders and others are understood and met.

Board members are required to:

  • constructively challenge and help develop proposals on strategy
  • scrutinise the performance of management in meeting agreed goals and objectives and monitor the reporting of performance
  • satisfy yourself on the integrity of financial information and that financial controls and systems of risk management are robust and defensible
  • determine appropriate levels of remuneration of executive officers and have a prime role in appointing and, where necessary, removing executive officers, and in succession planning
  • devote time to developing and refreshing your knowledge and skills
  • uphold high standards of integrity and probity and support the other directors in instilling the appropriate culture, values and behaviours in the boardroom and beyond
  • insist on receiving high-quality information sufficiently in advance of board meetings
  • take into account the views of producers and other stakeholders where appropriate.

Expectations of the role

  • Non-executive board members are expected to work approximately 30 days a year, attending Board meetings and other relevant committee meetings over a period of 2-3 days each month. They are also expected to represent British Wool in their region.
  • The current annual remuneration is £9,218 pa. Reasonable business expenses will also be paid.
  • Successful candidates will receive a full induction and be offered relevant training to assist them in carrying out their duties as a non-executive Board member.

Should you have any questions as regards the role please contact the Chair of the Board, Jim Robertson, by email to [email protected]

Nomination process

To be eligible to stand for election, candidates must be nominated in writing by ten registered wool producers from the region they wish to represent. Each of the nominators should supply their address, authorised signature and registration number. For details of the regions, please got to the relevant page on the British Wool website.

Nominations should be sent to arrive no later than 6pm on Thursday 6th January 2022, by email to [email protected] or by post to British Wool, Wool House, Sidings Close, Canal Road, Bradford, BD2 1AZ.

No special form of nomination is required, but British Wool will supply suitable forms, and further information, if required. For this please contact Kam Dlay-Lewis at British Wool. Click here to downlaod the Nomination forms.

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British Wool Needs ‘Ewe’ - British Wool Non-Executive Board Member Nominations John Davies & Donald Fraser