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.  Recently, James application for the  ICA Bremen Quality Expert Manual Classing and Instrument Testing (QEM and QEI) was approved giving him Quality Expert Certification.

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 (Australia) Pty Ltd in Toowoomba.


Peter Nolan

Rebecca Barrett -  Trainee cotton classer

Hailing originally from Coonabarabran, Rebecca has lived in various places across Western Queensland before settling in Narrabri.  With a diverse background in business administration, earthmoving, and a stint as a dental assistant, there isn't much she can't handle, but after starting as a casual this season, Rebecca has found a new passion in cotton classing.

Working with Australian Classing Services over the past six months, she has learnt a lot about cotton classing and has now become a trainee cotton classer.  She loves her job - whether it is gin runs or using the HVI machine - there is always something new to learn, and she is up there for the challenge.

When she is not at work, Rebecca is a busy mum with two children aged 7 and 5.  Welcome to the team!