Experienced Local Staff

ACS welcomes growers or their representatives to come into our facility to meet our team 

ACS cotton classers are active members of the Cotton Classers Association of Australia (CCAA) and we are fully compliant with the CCAA’s Best Management Practice and have been since that programs inception. 

ACS employs from 4 to 20 local, seasonal staff each season.

ACS cotton classers are members of the Cotton Classer’s Association of Australia (CCAA). We are complying with the CCAA’s Best Management Practice for cotton classing.

James Woodrow

James Woodrow - Manager  

James commenced in the cotton industry at Bourke, NSW, working on several cotton farms for several years. To further advance his career, James travelled to America, as the first Australian to attend the Memphis Cotton Exchange in 1985, and complete his Cotton classing qualifications. 
James returned to Australia and accepted a position with Namoi Cotton in 1986.
In 1990 he attended the Lubbock Cotton Exchange and completed a Textile Technology and Cotton Marketing Course in Lubbock, Texas.  
After a few years James managed the cotton classing department at Namoi Cotton, and during the off-season over several years would work at Continental Cotton in Memphis, USA.  
From there James went to Cotton Trading Corporation in Goondiwindi, during which time he worked on a World Bank funded project to start the first cotton school in Andijan, Uzbekistan, in Southern Russia. 
James left the Cotton Industry and completed a Bachelor of Business (Agriculture Commerce) degree from the University of Sydney. James taught at the Emerald Agriculture College in QLD, teaching Cotton Production and Agri-business courses, and also personally completing several Agricultural Diplomas.

After a period away from the cotton industry James has returned to Australian Classing Services in 2017 and resides as Manager at ACS.

Peter Nolan

Peter Nolan -  Classer

Peter began in the Cotton Industry in 1993. He attended the Memphis Cotton Exchange Cotton School, where he worked for the Hohenberg Brothers in Memphis Tennessee as a Cotton Classifier. 

Peter has worked in the Cotton Industry in various positions including; QLD Cotton in St George, Colly Cotton Marketing  and Paul Reinhart Australian Pty Ltd in Toowoomba.


Connie Smith

Connie Smith - Administration

Administration Secretary and first point of call for our growers and merchants.  Connie is a local Wee Waa resident, married to a local farmer and an asset to our staff. 

Connie has had experience working previously at our Merah North gin and our warehousing facility in Wee Waa. Connie has worked in other roles at ACS, and has a great understanding of the HVI™ machines, the ACS classing facility, and all facets of the cotton process.