Our mission is to drive sustainable demand for British wool in order to maximise returns for our members.

Non-Executive Board Member Nominations

Do you believe in the model of a farmer-owned collective marketing business for wool? If yes, you are invited to consider serving as a producer elected non-executive board member of British Wool. The following members will reach the end of their present term of office in March 2019:

Alan Marshall (English South Western Region) 

Gethin Havard (Welsh Southern Region)

Donald Fraser (Scottish Northern Region)

Messrs Marshall and Fraser have offered themselves for re-election but Mr Havard, having come to the end of his tenure, will be standing down. British Wool is now asking for nominations from candidates who live in any of these regions.

British Wool is the largest producer co-operative in Britain, with around 40,000 registered sheep farmers. Depending on the interest in each seat, elections will be held in January 2019 and those appointed will hold the office for three years, from April 2019.

Non-executive board members are expected to work approximately 30 days a year, attending Board and other relevant committee meetings over a period of 2-3 days each month, as well as other local and national British Wool business. A producer elected non-executive board member is part of the non-executive team that reviews the business’ strategy, major business initiatives and investment, and monitors the performance of the executive board members. Also part of this team are the unelected non-executive directors who are appointed to the board because of their significant executive experience in different functional areas, such as finance, gained through senior business careers. Producer elected non-executive board members are expected to market and promote the value that British Wool adds, both directly to producers in their region and through effective communication with the elected regional committees.  Just as importantly, they are expected to feedback to the board views and suggestions from the producer base and their regional committee. Successful candidates will undertake the Board’s Induction programme and any other relevant non-executive director training.  The current annual remuneration is £9,218 pa. Reasonable business expenses will also be paid.

To be eligible, candidates must be nominated in writing by ten registered wool producers in the relevant regions who will each need to supply their address, authorised signature and registration number. For details of the regions, please see the website

Nominations should be sent to arrive no later than 6 pm on Thursday 3rd January 2019, by fax on 01274 652233, by email to [email protected] or by post to the address below.  No special form of nomination is required, but British Wool will supply suitable forms, and further information, if required - contact: Mrs J Murphy, British Wool, Wool House, Sidings Close, Canal Road, Bradford, BD2 1AZ.

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Non-Executive Board Member Nominations