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CBH Group elects New Chair and Deputy Chair

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The CBH Group has appointed Simon Stead as Chair and Natalie Browning as Deputy Chair of the Board, effective immediately.

Stead replaces Wally Newman, who has been Chair since 2014. Browning replaces Simon Stead who was appointed as Deputy Chair in April 2019.

Both positions are elected by the Board and were up for election following Grower Director elections earlier this year.

Mr Stead joined the CBH Board as a Member Director in February 2015 and was appointed Deputy Chairman in April 2019.

“The co-operative continues to be the best model for Western Australian growers to get their grain to critical export markets at the lowest cost and through a world class grain supply chain," Stead said upon his appointment.

“My strongest focus, as well as that of the Board, is on the core of the business – our supply chain of storage, handling, marketing and trading - as we build the network to serve growers needs into the future.

“As an organisation and as part of the wider industry, we must continue to work together, and move forward in progressing our industry and making sure we can continue to compete strongly in the international grain market.

“To do this we must remain connected to markets and understand their changing requirements.

“This commitment to our core operations will continue, and so will our purpose of creating and returning value to Western Australians growers, now and into the future.”

Newman has advised he will step down from the CBH Board, effective immediately.

Stead thanked Newman for his tireless work in advancing the interests of Western Australian growers and CBH during his 20 years on the Board, especially his last six years as Chair.

Stead also acknowledged the current unprecedented situation stemming from COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic: “I would like to assure all growers the CBH Board, management and employees are united and working tirelessly to navigate the cooperative through this situation.”

“We are doing everything we can to minimise the spread of the virus, protect our people and play our part in protecting our communities, while also seeking to continue safely operating the supply chain.

A former member of the Growers’ Advisory Council, Browning joined the CBH Board as a Member Director in February 2018.

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