Corporate Structure


CICL board

Coleambally Irrigation Co-operative Limited has four member directors and two independent directors. Member directors are elected for three year terms.

Independent directors are nominated by the board of directors and their appointment confirmed at the co-operative’s Annual General Meeting. Independent director terms are also for a maximum of three years.

Member and independent directors can be re-elected and serve for more than one term.

The directors elect the Chairman and Deputy Chairman and appoint the CEO and Company Secretary.

CICL Rules

The CICL AGM was held 25 October 2018 with Members agreeing to the propose changes to the CICL Rules.  These changes have been lodged with Registry of Co-operatives and awaiting registration. A copy of the proposed new CICL Rules can be found here.

Directors

Peter Sheppard
Chairman
GAICD

Peter operates a family irrigated farming business and is the son of one of Coleambally’s pioneering families.  He has been a director of CICL since 2012 and Chairman since 2015. Peter was previously a director of CIMCL (2000-2012) and its Chairman from 2003. Peter has also been involved in leadership roles in the rice industry.

Craig Perkins
Deputy Chairman
B. Appl.Sci. (Agriculture)
GAICD

Craig is a partner in a family irrigated farming business. He has been a director of CICL since 2014 and Deputy Chairman since 2015. Craig is a member of the Ricegrowers’ Association Central Executive and has completed the RGA emerging leaders program run by the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.

Keith Burge
Dip. Appl. Sci.
MAICD

Keith operates a family irrigated farming business and is the son of a pioneering Coleambally family. He was elected to the board in 2013 and has a long involvement in the administration of the Murrumbidgee Shire Community Experimental/Demonstration Farm and is recognised as an Honorary Councillor.

Anthony Mannes
Dip. Bus. (Advanced)
GAICD

Anthony is a partner in a family irrigated farming business. He was previously a Regional Manager for Auction Valuation firm, DMS Davlan/GraysAg, and continues to work with the firm as a consultant. Anthony also provides consultancy services to an Independent Riverina livestock agent and is a Director of Mannes Agencies, a Coleambally based Real Estate Agent. Anthony has been a director since 2015.

Bruce Brown
Independent Director
B. Agri. Eco (Hons),
WAD (Hons).
GAICD

Bruce has been a director of CICL since 2004 and is also a director of CIMCL. He was appointed to the inaugural board of the Natural Resources Access Regulator, formed by the NSW Government, in December 2017. Bruce is also a director of Dampier Rural.

Bruce has an extensive background in agribusiness including various General Manager Roles with the Namoi Catchment Management Authority and the North Coast Local Land Service. Bruce has farming interests in grain production and cattle breeding in northern NSW.

Sharon Smith
Independent Director
CA
G.A.I.C.D
FINSIA (Applied Finance)

Sharon joined the Board in October 2018.  Sharon is currently Deputy Chair of the National Apprentice Employment Network, director and Vice President of the Hunter Business Chamber and CEO of Hunter Valley Training Corporation. Sharon has over 20 years experience with both the government and private sector, primarily in the Hunter Valley and with the Hunter Water Corporation

Management Team

CICL’s management group is responsible for leading the implementation of the co-operative’s strategic plan and management of the day-to-day operations.

Clifford Ashby
CEO
B. Comm.
FCA

Clifford joined CICL as CEO in July 2017 and has extensive experience in listed and unlisted companies as Managing Director, Chief Financial Officer, non-executive director and General Manager. Clifford was previously Managing Director of a large Australian horticultural company.

Bronwyn Vearing
Company Secretary
B. Bus. (Business Management/Marketing)
G. Dip. Applied Corporate Governance

Bronwyn joined CICL in 2008 and was appointed Company Secretary in 2014. Bronwyn is also Company Secretary and a director of National Irrigation Corporation Water Entitlement Register Pty. Ltd. 

Paul Clarke
General Manager Finance & Environmental Compliance
B.Comm
CISI(UK)
CA

Paul joined CICL in 2013 as Chief Financial Officer. In 2014 his responsibilities were expanded to include Environmental Compliance. Paul is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment has held senior financial roles in listed and unlisted medium sized businesses in Australia and South Africa.

Steve Oosthuysen
General Manager Operations
B. Eng. (Civil)

Steve joined CICL at the end of 2017. Steve has over 30 years experience as a civil engineer in the water industry including management of dams and water supply in South Africa. Most recently he worked at Griffith City Council as the Senior Operations Engineer.

Kevin Kelly
Asset and Maintenance Manager
Dip. App. Sci. (Agriculture)
B. Management (Farming)

Kevin joined CICL in 1996, initially as operations manager, and commenced his current role in 2006. Kevin has extensive knowledge of CICL’s channel and drainage network and its maintenance and asset management requirements.

Daniel Whittred
Information Systems Manager
B. Eng. (Mechatronics)
G. Dip. Eng.

Daniel joined CICL in 2006 as an Assistant Engineer and led the development of CICL’s channel capacity model. Daniel transferred to the new position of Information Systems Manager in June 2017.

Jenny McLeod
Policy & Communication Manager
B. Agri. Sci. (Hons),
M. Arts (Organisational Communication)
GAICD

Jenny joined CICL in November 2015. She has extensive experience in water policy and management with a focus on the Murray Darling Basin. Jenny has family irrigated farming interests in the NSW Murray and is a director of National Irrigators’ Council and Finley Regional Care.

Annual Reports


CIMCL

Coleambally Irrigation Mutual Co-operative Ltd (CIMCL) was formed in 1999 and is responsible for the future asset refurbishment and/or replacement of the Co-operative’s irrigation and drainage infrastructure. CIMCL is responsible for business planning to ensure there is sufficient funding available to support the future refurbishment and/or replacement of assets. CIMCL collects an annual levy for its future needs, and this levy is collected per delivery entitlement (DE). The replacement and refurbishment of Coleambally’s irrigation infrastructure and the provision of professional investment services are the primary activities of the Mutual.

CIMCL does not employ staff directly, with CICL responsible for undertaking CIMCL’s activities.

Each five years CIMCL engages independent consultants to carry out a Modern Engineering Equivalent Replacement Assessment (MEERA) of its irrigation assets. This evaluation includes an assessment of condition and forecasts an asset’s remaining useful operational life. CIMCL then engages independent actuaries to provide further specific financial advice as to the monetary requirements to meet the refurbishment and/or replacement forecast in the MEERA. 

In 2017 CIMCL completed its most recent MEERA and actuarial evaluation (Mercer Report).

2017 MEERA Report 

2017 MERCER Report 

CIMCL Rules

The CIMCL AGM was held 25 October 2018 with Members agreeing to the propose changes to the CIMCL Rules.  These changes have been lodged with Registry of Co-operatives and awaiting registration. A copy of the proposed new CIMCL Rules can be found here.

 

CIMCL Board

CIMCL has four member directors and one independent director. Member directors are elected for three year terms.

The independent director is nominated by the board of directors and their appointment is confirmed at the co-operative’s Annual General Meeting. The independent director’s term is also for a maximum of three years. Currently the independent director, Bruce Brown, is one of CICL’s directors.

Member and independent directors can be re-elected and serve for more than one term.

The directors elect the Chairman and Deputy Chairman.

Directors

Adrian Hayes
Chairman
Adv. Dip. Agric.
GAIDC

Adrian was elected to the CIMCL board in 2010 and became Chairman in 2014 He has extensive experience in corporate agriculture, specifically irrigated agriculture, and its development. Adrian is also a director of the Coleambally branch of the Bendigo Bank.

Iain Stewart
Deputy Chairman
B. Comm.
M. Wealth Management
GAIDC

Iain was elected to the CIMCL board in 2012. Iain operates an irrigated farming business and has commercial and fund management expertise.

Steven Burgess
Ad. Dip. App. Sci.
GAIDC

Steve was elected to the CIMCL Board in 2015. He operates an irrigated farming business and also operates a transport, fertilizer and grain handling business in Coleambally.

Matthew Toscan
B. Appl. Sci. (Agriculture)
GAIDC

Matthew is a director of Casvo Pty Ltd and has been a director of CIMCL since 2014. Matt operates an extensive irrigated farming business with his family which includes holdings in Coleambally Irrigation Area, Kerarbury and adjacent to the Murrumbidgee River.

Bruce Brown
B. Agri. Eco (Hons)
WAD (Hons).
GAICD

Bruce has been a director CIMCL since 2007 and is also a director of CICL. He was appointed to the inaugural Board of the Natural Resources Access Regulator, formed by the NSW Government, in December 2017. Bruce is also a director of Dampier Rural.

Bruce has an extensive background in agribusiness including various General Manager Roles with the Namoi Catchment Management Authority and the North Coast Local Land Service. Bruce has farming interests in grain production and cattle breeding in northern NSW.

Annual Reports