Changes give GPSA a stronger voice for industry

May 30, 2019

Members of Grain Producers SA have voted in favour of amendments to the organisation’s constitution at a Special General Meeting held this afternoon.

The proposed amendments passed with a majority of approximately 94 per cent, exceeding the 75 per cent required.

GPSA Chairman Wade Dabinett said the amendments will mean the organisation can better pursue its objectives while better servicing its existing and future members.

“GPSA has evolved as an organisation and grown since its inception in March 2012,” he said.

“Our purpose has become clearer and these changes will ensure that GPSA can be a stronger voice for SA’s grain industry into the future.

“The GPSA Board felt a review of the constitution was overdue given the organisation is now over seven years old and circumstances have changed since it was formed.”

Among the changes to the constitution were:

  • An expansion of GPSA’s political neutrality requirement for GPSA directors and staff members
  • A revision to GPSA’s membership structure enabling creation of new membership classes
  • Limiting directors to a maximum of six two-year terms
  • Making clear rules for how company meetings are held and how directors are elected
  • Making the constitution easier to read and understand, helping members to participate, and
  • Ensuring GPSA’s management continues to reflect best-practice.

A full list of changes and a copy of the new constitution is available on the GPSA website.

Mr Dabinett said the changes were proposed following an organisational review of GPSA, which was flagged at last year’s Annual General Meeting.

“Independent lawyers from Johnson Winter & Slattery assisted a taskforce made up of GPSA Board members both past and present, as well as GPSA staff members, in reviewing the constitution,” he said.

“This review considered whether any changes are necessary given the growth of GPSA, the changes in its industry and the way companies are run since the constitution was adopted.

“These changes will help us to better advocate on behalf of our members to government, the public and the wider industry.

“As Chair, I’m particularly keen for GPSA to be leading the way when it comes to advocacy and best practice governance.”

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