Change is happening at CBH Group, where the major grain exporter has just appointed its first woman to its board, grain grower Natalie Browning.
The appointment marks a significant shift for the 85-year-old co-operative, given no woman has ever served on its 12 person board.
Natalie was appointed following an election process in her Western Australian district, where she came up ahead of three other nominees.
Based in Kondinin, Natalie runs a 6400ha property with her husband and three children, and has been involved in all aspects of farming from financial management to machinery operation and business for the past 17 years.
According to her pitch for the position in The West Australian, she describes herself as being an “analytical and strategic thinker” with great communication skills.
Being a young grower, she said she can bring diversity and a fresh approach to the board by offering a different perspective.
CBH chairman Wally Newman said he welcomed Natalie to the board. “Her deep background in farming and her experience on CBH’s Growers’ Advisory Council will bring valuable capabilities and perspectives to our Board.”