Nominations open for Ulster Wool non-executive board member


DO you believe in the model of a farmer-owned collective marketing business for wool? If yes, you are invited to consider serving as a producer elected non-executive board member of Ulster Wool. Current member Brendan Kelly, pictured, will reach the end of his present term of office in March 2021.

Mr Kelly has offered himself for re-election. Ulster Wool is now asking for nominations from candidates who live in Northern Ireland.

Ulster Wool is a producer co-operative in Northern Ireland with 3,500 registered sheep farmers. Depending on the interest, elections will be held in January 2021 and those appointed will hold the office for three years, from April 2021.

Non-executive board members are expected to work approximately 30 days a year, attending board and other relevant committee meetings over a period of 2-3 days each month, as well as other local and national Ulster Wool business. A producer elected non-executive board member is part of the non-executive team that reviews the business strategy, major business initiatives and investment, and monitors the performance of the executive board members.

Also part of this team are the unelected non-executive members who are appointed to the board because of their significant executive experience in different functional areas, such as finance and marketing, gained through senior business careers.

Producer elected non-executive board members are expected to market and promote the value that Ulster Wool adds, both directly to producers and through effective communication with the elected regional committees. Just as importantly, they are expected to feed back to the board views and suggestions from the producer base and their regional committee.

Successful candidates will undertake the board’s induction programme and any other relevant non-executive member training. The current annual remuneration is £9,218 pa. Reasonable business expenses will also be paid.

To be eligible, candidates must be nominated in writing by 10 registered wool producers who will each need to supply their address, authorised signature and registration number.

For details of the region, please see the website

Nominations should be sent to arrive no later than 6pm on Thursday, January 7, by fax on 01274 652233, by email to or by post to the address below. No special form of nomination is required, but Ulster Wool will supply suitable forms, and further information, if required – contact: Mrs K Daly-Lewis, Ulster Wool, 20 Tirgracy Road, Muckamore, Antrim, BT41 4PS. Nomination forms are available to download on the Ulster Wool website during office closure for the Christmas break, December 19-January 3 inclusive.


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