Robert Becher, MD of Inox Australia, has been elected as a new director on the APPMA Board, as announced at the APPMA AGM on 10 September.
This year's APPMA AGM was held at the MCG in Melbourne, with a key item on the agenda the announcement of the election results for the 2019-2020 Board.
As per the new APPMA Constitution adopted at the 2018 AGM, three directors were due to retire – Mark Krygger (Orora), Peter Bradbury (ABB), and Mark Dingley (Matthews). All three renominated, along with Robert Becher (Inox), Mark Hollingsworth (Rhima), and Martin Reynolds (Reynolds Automation). As there were more nominations than vacancies, a ballot was required, and this year saw the first time a new electronic voting process was adopted – again as per the new Constitution.
Addressing attendees at the AGM, current chairman Mark Dingley said this process was adopted to maximise member engagement in the voting process nationally. Previously, voting was restricted to those member representatives attending the AGM.
The voting set up and process was co-ordinated independently by APPMA GM Michael Moran using the electronic system Big Pulse, a world renowned and proven system used by associations to conduct online elections and voting.
In total, over 65 per cent of members submitted ballots, which Dingley said was a "fantastic show of support, engagement and interest from our members based on prior years".
After consolidation of the ballots, the successful candidates from the election were announced as Peter Bradbury from ABB; Robert Becher, Inox; and Mark Dingley, Matthews.
After congratulating Robert Becher on his successful election, Dingley thanked Mark Krygger for his contribution to the APPMA as a Board member since 2011.
"Mark has played a major role as both a Board member and member of the AUSPACK working committee, which we all know has seen AUSPACK go from strength to strength over his time," Dingley said.
He also thanked Martin Reynolds and Mark Hollingsworth for their interest in joining the Board, and encouraged them and others to explore other opportunities to engage with the APPMA, and to nominate for next year's election when once again three director seats will become available.
The official transition of director roles took effect at the conclusion of the AGM.