Cousin of wool boss part of selecting
A COUSIN of Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman helped select preferred candidates for this year’s AWI board election.
The revelation comes amid further claims of governance issues at the peak wool grower body ahead of its board election and annual general meeting in Sydney next Friday.
Former NSW primary industries minister Katrina Hodgkinson was on a fivemember committee that interviewed candidates for the three vacant seats on the AWI board this year.
Ms Hodgkinson is a cousin of Mr Merriman, who also sat on the committee.
Other members of the committee included AWI director Meredith Sheil, former president of the World Federation of Merino Breeders Rob Ashby and former AWI chairman Brian van Rooyen. Mr Merriman and Mr Ashby are past presidents of the Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders and sat together on the 2003 Wool Poll panel.
The committee last month recommended shareholders vote to re-elect current directors Colette Garnsey and James Morgan, and elect former AWI consultant Will Wilson.
Mr Merriman, who has been AWI chairman for nine years, has come under pressure after he secretly viewed an industry research focus group from behind a one-way mirror.