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CBH Board implements Candidate Assessment Panel as a governance initiative

In preparation for the 2022 Member Director Elections, the CBH Group has implemented a Candidate Assessment Panel (CAP) to assist the co-operative in its pursuit of the highest standards of governance.
Prospective candidates for the CBH Board are strongly encouraged to go through the CAP process, which will assess the candidate’s skills, attributes and experience before providing a report to CBH members ahead of voting.
The CAP process is the latest of several initiatives to be introduced in the past year following the CBH Board’s Governance Review that was carried out in 2020.
CBH Chair Simon Stead said strong grower engagement in the Governance Review had provided the board with clear feedback.
“Throughout the review, growers have shown there is support for change to our governance which included the introduction of a candidate assessment panel for Member Director Elections with 65 per cent of growers surveyed supporting the initiative,” Mr Stead said.
“The Candidate Assessment Panel will assess a candidate’s experience, skills and attributes relevant to the role of a CBH Director against the desired skills and attributes sought by the CBH Board”.
“This process has been designed to encourage a high calibre of candidates to stand for election and promote merit-based voting by providing members with factual information about the candidates for their consideration when deciding which candidate to vote for.”
The CAP is a three-person, majority independent panel, comprising of the CBH Chair and two panel members external to CBH. The inaugural panel includes respected, independent members in the field of governance, Terry Agnew and Suzanne Ardagh, and CBH Board representative, Simon Stead.
While all Member Director Election candidates are strongly encouraged to participate in the CAP process, it is only mandatory for incumbent Directors.
The panel will assess and deliver a report in respect of all candidates who participate in the CAP process against the skills and attributes sought by the CBH Board in its Directors.
This information will then be provided in the voting materials and will include a rating and assessment comments for each candidate who took part in the CAP process. It is important to note that the CAP will not recommend a preferred candidate or candidates.
For members that would like to nominate for a CBH Member Director position, please contact Katherine Williams from the Western Australian Electoral Commission, the Returning Officer for the 2022 elections, by phone on 9214 0426 or email at
Nominations for CAP process candidates open on 7 October and close on 4 November 2021.
For candidates who do not wish to participate in the CAP process, nominations will open 13 December 2021 and close on 4 January 2022.
Further information about the Member Director Elections and CAP process can be found on our website,