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DairyNZ seeks new associate directors

Dairy farmers with an interest in governance are encouraged to apply for two associate director roles with industry good body, DairyNZ.

Each year, DairyNZ’s Board of Directors adds two associate directors around its boardroom table – dairy farmers who are interested in leadership and being part of dairy sector governance. Each associate director is appointed for six board meetings.

DairyNZ chair Jim van der Poel said the roles are a unique opportunity for farmers to contribute to their industry good body and participate in discussion and debate.

“We introduced the associate director roles in 2013 to achieve greater direct input from our dairy farmers, while enabling them to gain experience in how our board operates,” said Mr van der Poel. “Since then, we’ve had nine associate directors who have all been hugely valuable, contributing alongside our eight directors.”

2018’s associate directors, Cole Groves and Anne-Marie Wells, each joined the board for six meetings each.

Dunedin-based Anne-Marie is an owner/operator and director of a 640-cow dairy farm and, with husband Duncan, were the 2015 Dairy Business of the Year supreme winners. Anne-Marie was involved in the Fonterra Governance Development Programme while being an associate director.

“It provided the opportunity to put my governance learning into practice in a supportive environment, while I could contribute to the sector and gain new insights along the way,” says Anne-Marie. “For those interested in governance, getting involved gives you the chance to see high level governance in action.”

Ashburton-based dairy farmer Cole Groves is currently involved in a 450-cow equity partnership. Among several sector roles, Cole has strong ties with New Zealand Young Farmers.

“I gained a lot of confidence in my governance ability at a boardroom level, while also getting exposure to new policy setting and expanding my networking,” says Cole. “It is a great experience to get involved and have new insights into what is happening in the sector, while being supported and encouraged by the other directors.”

Cole hopes to further his governance involvement both within the sector and his community in the coming years.

Mr van der Poel encourages all farmers to consider applying to be an associate director.

“It’s an opportunity to contribute to DairyNZ’s governance by being part of the process, as we consider key issues and how we address them, along with contributing to DairyNZ’s key investments and projects for the year,” said Mr van der Poel.

“We are looking for farmers who are interested in leadership, bring knowledgeable insight and want to participate in DairyNZ and the sector’s direction.”


The positions are open to current levy paying dairy farmers, who have a proven commitment to governance and aspire to be a leader in the dairy sector. Associate directors are appointed for successive terms of six board meetings and are non-voting roles.

To apply, send a covering letter and curriculum vitae to: The company secretary, DairyNZ Incorporated, Private Bag 3221, Hamilton 3240 or email

Applications close 21 August 2019.

Source: DairyNZ

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