2017 Recipients

WIA congratulates the Australian Wool Industry Medal 2017 recipients.

Ms Nan Allison, VIC, Administration Services

  • For Administration Services: 53 years service as a senior wool administrator for Australia’s largest wool warehousing and logistics business AWH
  • Acknowledged for services above and beyond the regular duties of her position
  • Highly regarded and respected administrator for diligence and accuracy
  • Instrumental in influencing many of the work processes for data capture operators at a systems level and work place training level
Nan Allison

Mr Robert Carter, WA, Education/Training

  • For services in the area of Education and Training in WA both as a Trainer and a mentor to students
  • Also recognised for his contribution to the development and transition of the shearing industry in Western Australia
  • Member of the WA Shearing Competition Association as a judge and organiser
  • and an Executive Member of the WASIA
Robert Carter

Mr Rod Franklyn, VIC, Exporting

  • Exporter with extensive wool industry experience commencing in the early 1960s
  • Owner of the largest privately owned Australian family exporting company
  • Recognised for his mentoring of many current wool industry personnel who have started their own successful businesses and continue to maintain strong business relationships with Techwool
  • Rod was instrumental in opening and developing China as a major importer and processor of Australian wool
Rod Franklyn

Mr Athol Frederick, VIC, Broking/Extension Services

  • Recognised for his extensive career and influence as a wool broker of over 50 years
  • Athol is recognised for his strong role as an advocate for community innovation and initiatives, including developing grower workshops with TAFE to address the difficulties of the day
  • In the same year he initiated the first Woolclassers Forum which continue to successfully run today
  • In 2000 (with the support of AWTA, ASBA, Landmark) initiated and was actively involved in developing the Australian Fleece Competition – Australia’s largest fleece competition
Athol Frederick

Ms Sally Martin, NSW, Education/Extension Services

  • Former DPI Sheep & Livestock Officer servicing the South West slopes of NSW
  • Sally is actively involved in the Peter Westblade Wether Trials 2004
  • The PWSC (Scholarship) Committee
  • Founding Director and CEO of MerinoLink Board – including Lifetime Merino Productivity Project
  • Runner up in 2011 RIRDC Rural Women’s Award
Sally Martin

Mr Wal Merriman, NSW, Production/Industry Services

  • Chairman of AWI since 2008, Director since 2004
  • Renowned sheep breeder, supporter of sheep shows
  • Chair and committee member of the NSW Stud Merino Breeders Association also the ASMBA
  • ASMBA life member in 2010
Wal Merriman

Dr Peter Morgan, VIC, Industry Services

  • Over 50 years service to agriculture and more specifically to the wool industry
  • Current Executive Director roles with ACWEP, PTWMA
  • Is an ASWGA (Life Member), and member of WIEDPUG
  • Former Senior Executive with the AWTA
  • Actively involved with the implementation of objective measurement of rams, presale testing and sale by sample
  • Passionate contributor to FAWO, China Australia Greasy Wool Working Group
  • Tenacious and passionate about anything wool
Peter Morgan

Mr Geoff Power, SA, Industry Services

  • Former President and Director of WoolProducers
  • Actively involved in former SAFF and current Livestock SA
  • Active member of Flinders Merino Group, Wild Dog Advisory Board, South Australian Sheep Advisory Group
Geoff Power

Mr Robert Ryan OAM, NSW, Broking/Industry Services

  • For extensive services as a wool broker Managing Director of Australian Wool & Pastoral Pty Ltd and in recognition of his contribution to industry at both state and nationally
  • Current President FAWO, Chair of the FAWO EAD Committee, Chair of the China Australia Joint Working Group for Greasy Wool
  • Current President RAS NSW, Councillor since 1996
  • The Australian representative IWTO Heads of Delegations Committee
Robert Ryan

Mr Barry Walker OAM, NSW, Administration/Industry Services

  • Life Member and Former President of ASWGA
  • Former Board member of AWC, AWTA, Wool Council of Australia and former Chairman of both the Woolmark Company/Graziers Investment Company (during the collapse of the Reserve Price Scheme)
  • Formed the Network Investment Company, established to co-invest with Italian Processors to form AWN Limited
Barry Walker

Mr David Ward OAM, VIC, Testing/Industry Services

  • Former Director & Managing Director of AWTA 1966-2001
  • Former Managing Director of NZWTA 1988-1992
  • Former delegate to IWTO participating and chairing technical and commercial committees
  • Former member of the IWTO Raw Wool group which developed the international wool testing Standards, Regulations and associated trading clauses for the IWTO "Blue Book", Secretary of the IWTO Commercial Regulations & Contracts Committee
  • Instrumental in establishing and former Chairman of the AWTA Ltd Wool Education Trust
  • Former Chairman of the Federation of Australian Wool Organisations (formerly known as Australian National Committee of IWTO)
David Ward