Jonathon Hoets has been selected to join the DairyNZ Board as an associate director for the next year, while current independent director, Margaret Devlin, is stepping down from her role.

DairyNZ chairman Jim van der Poel says that he is excited to have Jonathon join the Board, in the associate director role, as he has shown a commitment to governance, and significant involvement in industry good already.

“The Board was heartened by the standard of applicants, and the talent coming through of people wanting to commit to the future governance and leadership of our dairy sector,” says Mr van der Poel.

“This role provides the opportunity for people coming through to be more exposed to governance, and supports the next generation of farmer leadership, while the Board gains insights from clever young people coming in and contributing to our discussions.”

Jonathon Hoets, and his wife Stacey, are equity partners in a 790-cow farm in mid-Canterbury for the Rylib Group. He is involved with the SIDE Governance Group and organising committee, alongside NZDIA, while actively contributing to his community through volunteering with his local rural fire brigade.

Dairy farmer Jonathon Hoets

Jonathon Hoets.

“Jonathon will bring his unique set of individual skills, experience, outlook, and opinions which will help shape discussions and decision-making. This continues to be crucial as the sector navigates various challenges, and the Board look to deliver on the new DairyNZ strategy,” says van der Poel.

Thirteen other farmers have been an associate director with DairyNZ since the initiative was introduced in 2013. Many of these farmers have since utilised the experience as an associate director in further leadership roles within the sector. Associate directors are non-voting roles, appointed for a one-year timeframe, commencing on 1 June.

DairyNZ’s Board is also announcing that current independent director, Margaret Devlin, is stepping down from her role, as she relocates overseas.

“Margaret has made significant positive contribution to our board room discussions, supporting positive outcomes for the dairy sector,” says van der Poel.

“She brought unique insights as an experienced director. On behalf of our farmers and the DairyNZ Board I would like to thank Margaret for her work during her time and we wish her well for her next adventures.”

Margaret Devlin

Margaret Devlin, Independent Director.

DairyNZ is currently recruiting for a new independent director to fill the vacancy. DairyNZ levy payers will have the opportunity to ratify this appointment at the annual general meeting in October.

Page last updated:

18 Apr 2024


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