GIA Membership and your voting rights at the upcoming AGM

One of Greenlife Industry Australia’s member benefits is the ability to vote at the Annual General Meeting. Voting on matters that concern you and having ‘your say’ is a coveted benefit within any association

Who has voting rights?

Voting is open to current financial Business Members, Association Members and Life Members of Greenlife Industry Australia.

As outlined in Greenlife Industry Australia’s Constitution, each member category has specific voting rights in which to cast their vote.

The GIA AGM Notice of Meeting, GIA Annual Report and the Proxy Voting form has been sent to all financial members by post and email.

Importantly, Members are asked to vote for the first rotation of directors, the details of which are provided below.

If you want to have your say on issues that directly impact you, become a member of Greenlife Industry Australia today

AGM details and Director Nominations

At the first Annual General Meeting for Greenlife Industry Australia on 2 December 2020, Members will vote to elect two Directors, as the organisation enacts the first constitutional director rotation.

During the July Board Meeting, all GIA Directors demonstrated their commitment to the important work of the peak body indicating their firm desire to remain on the national Board. Life Member and scrutineer Gary Eyles was appointed to fairly and independently draw by lot the directors who would voluntarily retire to commence the rotation.

The vacancies were widely advertised and GIA received eleven nominations during the call which closed on 23 October. Following a comprehensive assessment of the nominees, the Board Nomination Committee of Life Members Russ Higginbotham and David Matthews together with current sitting Director Davina Boyd, endorsed a pool of three candidates to stand for election.

Helen Millicer

Helen is a Churchill Fellow, graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Director of One Planet Consulting and Chair Churchill Trust Agriculture, Logistics and Commerce Victoria. Helen has led innovation and growth through strategy, communications and sustainability in relevant business, media, industry associations and governments including Chemistry Australia, Melbourne Water, AiGroup and APCO. She has qualifications in business management, carbon accounting and governance and won national awards and scholarships. Helen has 30 years governance guiding growth and increased impact, most recently as national President Renew (Australia). She is keen to contribute to a strong future for GIA and members, and address sustainability challenges in the industry’s value chain.

Brian Acworth AM
Brian is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia with 30 years industry experience. He serves as a Director and Chairman of the Finance Committee on the John James Memorial Foundation. Brian has been Chairman and member of a range of government and community committees and organisations. Brian was Head of Government Business for Westpac Bank (1996-2011) and has considerable board, governance experience. He is acknowledged for his integrity and his personal, government and business networks in the ACT and Queensland and has been a long-term mentor for Indigenous Business.

Glenn Fenton g
lenn is Managing Director of Nationwide Trees, a leading greenlife supplier to the supply chain. He has a Bachelor in Social Science and a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Management. He is a 26-year veteran of the Australian Army and has 16 years industry experience and deep understanding of the supply chain. He has served in a wide variety of industry appointments including Nursery & Garden Industry Victoria Board President, Nursery and Garden Industry Australia Director and Vice President and Board representative on the Nursery Industry Advisory Committee with Horticulture Australia. Glenn has represented the industry with the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show since 2010, and currently sits as Chairman. He is the current President of Greenlife Industry Australia.

Voting is open to financial Business and Association Members and Life Members of Greenlife Industry Australia.

Members will shortly receive information on how to vote with all ballots to be received by Greenlife Industry Australia no later than 5pm, 25 November 2020.

The results of the voting will be announced at the AGM on 2 December.