Thompson stands for di­rec­tor po­si­tion

Southern Riverina news - - News -

FOR­MER Mur­rumbidgee Ir­ri­ga­tion chair­man Dick Thompson has nom­i­nated for a po­si­tion on the SunRice Board of Direc­tors.

The long-time rice grower and cur­rent chair­man of South­ern Agven­ture, is hop­ing to fill one of four di­rec­tor po­si­tions which are up for elec­tion.

Mr Thompson and his wife Jan have been op­er­at­ing their rice farm at Han­wood for 40 years.

‘‘The grower-owned rice in­dus­try has been the back­bone of our fam­ily farm­ing busi­ness,’’ Mr Thompson said.

‘‘I’m seek­ing sup­port for elec­tion to the board, to help en­sure fu­ture grow­ers ben­e­fit from this vi­tal in­dus­try, as we have.

‘‘We must ac­knowl­edge that the SunRice Board has been very suc­cess­ful in steer­ing the com­pany through the drought years.

‘‘I don’t be­lieve this is the time for whole­sale changes to the Board but there is a need for new ideas and ex­pe­ri­ence, and in­creased re- pre­sen­ta­tion of the north­ern grow­ing area.’’

Mr Thompson said while recog­nis­ing the im­por­tance of se­cur­ing SunRice’s fi­nan­cial fu­ture, it was es­sen­tial the com­pany find a bal­ance be­tween max­imis­ing re­turns to grow­ers and re­turn­ing prof­its to B Class share­hold­ers.

Mr Thompson has pre­vi­ously held roles with the Rice­grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia, Mur­rumbidgee Ir­ri­ga­tion and South­ern Agven­ture (chair­man).

He is also a Mem­ber of the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Com­pany Direc­tors.

His other roles with the Mur­ray-Dar­ling Basin Com­mu­nity Com­mit­tee and the Mur­rumbidgee Catch­ment Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity, and as for­mer Trea­surer of the NSW Ir­ri­ga­tors Coun­cil, have af­forded him fur­ther skills and con­tacts to be a strong ad­vo­cate for rice grow­ing.

If elected, Mr Thompson will be re­duc­ing his work­load in other ar­eas, to fo­cus on SunRice.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.