“Colin has made an outstanding contribution to DairyNZ and our industry in his six years as a farmer-elected director,” said DairyNZ chair Jim van der Poel.

"Colin has explained to the Board that, given the continuing exciting future opportunities in our sector, he wants to focus more of his time on his leadership role at Dairy Holdings and growing his family’s dairy operations.

“On behalf of farmers and the DairyNZ board, I want to thank Colin for his service to DairyNZ and the dairy sector over the past six years,” said Mr van der Poel.

“Colin has made an outstanding contribution during a period of significant change and heightened regulation in our sector. The DairyNZ board will miss his relentless positivity, razor-like focus and thoughtful questions that always got to the heart of the issue.

“We wish Colin and his family the very best for their future endeavours.”

Colin’s retirement leaves a vacancy on the Board at the upcoming DairyNZ director election.

“The Board encourages all levy paying dairy farmers who have a passion for our sector, an interest in making a difference, leadership capability, and an understanding of governance to consider putting their hat in the ring to be a farmer-elected director. You’ll play a vital role in creating a better future for dairy farmers, by participating in your industry good organisation.”

DairyNZ’s board comprises five farmer-elected directors and three board-appointed directors.

DairyNZ board member Colin Glass

Nominations open for the upcoming Board of Director elections in August with the election running in September, overseen by Electionz.com. The results will be announced at the AGM in October.

More information about the election process will be provided closer to the time.

Colin was first elected as a DairyNZ farmer director in 2017. He is chief executive of Dairy Holdings Ltd, a role he has held since 2001, which has extensive dairy operations throughout the South Island.

He is also a director of several agri-business companies and with his wife, Paula, and daughters Hannah and Olivia, owns and operates an integrated 670-cow dairy farm, a bull beef unit and a dairy support property near Methven.

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Page last updated:

1 May 2023


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