Tony Quigley.

Members elect new directors to the Board of Cotton Seed Distributors

21 June, 2017 News

Cotton Seed Distributors (CSD) has announced the election of Tony Quigley and the re-election Juanita Hamparsum to the company’s Board of Directors, at their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on the 20th of June, 2017.

Chairman of the CSD Board, James Kahl reported a successful AGM, with a contested election with three nominations for two available positions.

“The Board was pleased with the levels of interest in the election, with over 50 members in attendance and a strong number of proxy votes. We encourage involvement from our members, and thank the unsuccessful candidate for their interest in standing for election.”

Tony Quigley’s election follows the recent retirement of Paul McVeigh, who stood down from the CSDBoard in December 2016 after over 14 years of dedicated service.

Tony is an irrigation and dryland farmer who co-owns and operates five properties in the Trangie and Nevertire districts of central NSW, with his wife Sally and three adult sons.

A member of CSD since he first began growing cotton in 1984, Tony is also a founding committee member of both Macquarie River Food & Fibre (MRFF) and the Macquarie Cotton Growers’ Association. He has been a Director of the Trangie Nevertire Co-Operative’s irrigation scheme for over 20 years, including as Treasurer.

Tony is an alternate Off-River Schemes delegate to both the Macquarie Customer Service Committee of NSW Water and the MRFF, and is also a member of the NSW Farmers President’s Water Taskforce. He also spent seven years on the governing Council of a major Sydney GPS school. From these experiences Tony has developed a strong interest in corporate governance and the importance it plays in larger commercial businesses.

Commenting on the election, James Kahl said “Having once been one of the most southerly cotton growers in Australia, Tony is in a position with time and ability to strongly support the industry’s expansion in cotton development south of the Lachlan valley, as he and understands the production issues associated with these shorter season regions.”

Juanita Hamparsum was first appointed to the CSD Board in November 2012. She was elected to the Board in 2014 and is the current Chair of the Board Audit Committee.

A cotton grower from the Breeza plains near Gunnedah, Juanita also has extensive experience as a Chartered Accountant for Ernst & Young in Sydney and Goldman Sachs in London. She has held a number of different positions within the cotton industry serving on the Board of the Cotton Research and Development Corporation, and was the Inaugural Chair of the Cotton Innovation Network until 2015.

Juanita has also been extensively involved with the water reform process for groundwater across the Namoi Valley and NSW, and is the current Chair of the Great Artesian Basin Coordinating Committee. In 2009, Juanita became a director of the Namoi Catchment Management Authority and was Deputy Chair until 2013. She is also the Deputy Chair of the National Landcare Advisory Committee.

“Juanita’s unique skillset has, and will continue to assist the CSD Board to successfully implement our strategic goals through her focus on corporate governance and audit functions.” said James Kahl.