The Co-operative shall have a Board of Directors comprising not less than three Directors.The initial Directors of the Co-operative from registration until the first annual general meeting shall be appointed by the Founder Members.Only Members of the Co-operative who are aged 18 years or more may serve on the Board of Directors.The Board of Directors shall be elected by and from the Co-operative’s Members. The composition of the Board of Directors following the first annual general meeting shall be as follows:(a) Not more than Five Supported or Advocate Members;(b) Not more than Five Worker Members;(c) Not more than Two Investor Members.The Board of Directors shall endeavour to ensure that its composition reflects the number of Members in each category, to maintain a representative balance. This shall be reviewed by the Directors from time to time.
In addition the Board of Directors may co-opt up to two external independent Directors who need not be Members and are selected for their particular skills and/or experience. Such external independent Directors shall serve a fixed period determined by the Board of Directors at the time of the co-option, subject to a review at least every 12 months. External independent Directors may be removed from office at any time by a resolution of the Board of Directors.The Board of Directors may at any time fill a casual vacancy on the Board by co-option. Co-opted individuals must be Members of the Co-operative and will hold office as Director only until the next annual general meeting.