A bit about me:
I have farmed in North Otago since graduating from Massey University (BApplSc Ag) in 1998.
I’ve also held a number of governance roles and pursued further learning opportunities.
I have an enquiring mind, am financially literate and results focused. Skills I believe essential to making a contribution in governance.
LIC and me:
I believe LIC’s challenge is to maintain a profitable business that remains in front of shareholder needs and expectations. Leading edge, progressive products and services that are cost effective and simple to implement are essential – for both the business and its farmers.
As a passionate dairy farmer, with a genuine interest in the industry doing well, I’d love to be part of LIC’s future direction. LIC has made a significant contribution to the history and progress of our dairying and with my proven track record in farming, and in Governance, I believe I could make a meaningful and constructive contribution to the LIC Board.
I’d welcome your support.
I am 53 years old and live at Appleby with wife Sarah and three teenage children. We farm several dairy and support properties in Nelson and North Canterbury on our own account. We also have business interests in other dairy farming, agritech and fast-moving consumer goods companies in NZ and internationally.
Governance and Industry Experience
Former Directorships / Membership
I have over 15 years experience in governing agribusiness companies with many more in management.
LIC is a complex business. The role of Director should never be taken lightly. The company has been successful through strong governance and strategic insight but we live in a dynamic and rapidly changing disruptive world. The past few seasons have been challenging for our shareholders and LIC has not been immune.
Significant change has occurred as we transform your cooperative into a robust yet dynamic company well positioned to operate in a changing environment. This has been new territory for a conservative coop founded on tradition.
I am deeply committed to the cooperative and its performance. The board and Management have worked hard to protect and strengthen the core genetics cooperative while at the same time positioning the agritech components in a manner which will enable it to grow for the benefit of all.
LIC plays a unique role as a key enabler to the NZ dairy industry. It has significant opportunity to grow NZ including through robust science and collaboration.
Dairying is facing significant challenges that it has never encountered before. LIC has a role in validating and improving dairy’s environmental, social and economic impact through improved genetics and information.
It has been an honour to chair the LIC board and I seek your support to ensure that the work we have started continues:
B.Com.Ag Dip Hort - Lincoln
As a customer, shareholder and investor in the Co-operative, I wish to ensure LIC operates at the highest level for all those with a similar interest.
My wife Hayley and I have been on a growth path for eight years, increasing herd size from 450-1650 cows, giving us operational scale and efficiencies and developing our financial planning abilities. As runners up, 2013 NZ Dairy Industry Awards, we won the LIC Recording and Productivity Award – recognising the part our cows’ performance plays in the profitability of our operation. 100% LIC semen has optimized the BW of our herd. We are large users of most LIC products and services; herd testing, AB, MINDA, Protrack and were early adopters of full herd/progeny DNA testing.
If you have any questions I encourage you to contact me:
Genetics and technology are vital to delivering farm productivity and profitability improvements, particularly in an increasingly constrained operating environment. LIC is central to achieving these industry outcomes, however it does face challenges, including the dual share structure, disappointing financial performance, business separation and funding for growth. The cooperative is taking the steps required to address these issues but solving them is complex. Through a period of change, it is imperative that your appointed directors possess the capabilities for the task and have a strong stewardship focus.
I am from a Mid-Canterbury farming family operating two milking platforms, supporting 1,400 cows, young stock and supplementary feed requirements. I hold a BCom Honours (First Class) degree from Canterbury University and I have over 15 years’ experience in financial markets across NZ, Australia and the UK, most recently as Head of Asset Management for the Australian direct infrastructure investment division of Deutsche Bank.
During this time I have remained actively involved in the management and financing of the farming business and I return to Methven in May, with my young family, to enter this operation full time.
I bring broad governance experience in large corporates:
and professional governance training:
I have a high degree of financially literacy and a track record of identifying and executing organisational change to deliver strategic value. I have sound knowledge of the responsibilities/obligations of an NZX listed organisation and an in-depth understanding of development of the Fonterra’s TAF/FSF. I also have a keen interest in agricultural technology development
If elected director, my priority is to deliver a sustainable business model and an organisational structure that maintains cooperative farmer ownership and control of critical businesses, whilst enabling growth and development.
The opportunity to be part of LIC during this period of change excites me and I believe my governance experience, strong corporate and strategic capabilities and an ability to work effectively with diverse stakeholders are all relevant to solving the current challenges, strengthening the cooperative and ultimately delivering on-farm value for shareholders.
Thank you for your support and please approach me with any questions:
Voting papers are posted out 21 April
Voting closes 22 May and results announced 26 May