Announcing his decision, Tim said he feels extremely privileged to have had the opportunity to lead and help develop DairyNZ’s solutions and services on behalf of its farmer members – right from the levy body’s formation in 2007/08, to today.

“After a lot of thought and discussion with family, I have decided to step down at the end of June which will allow the Board time to have a smooth transition and to recruit my successor. I am proud to have had the opportunity to lead DairyNZ over this period, the dynamism and constant challenge and change in our sector has made it an exciting and purposeful role.”

“I’m also hugely proud of the role that New Zealand dairy has played – not only to help nourish so many people all over world – but to support New Zealand through some tough times, with dairy exports proving vital through the 2008/09 global recession and recently through the challenge of Covid-19.

“Another highlight for me would be the tremendous progress that farmers have made around sustainability practices, particularly over the last 10-15 years. There’s always going to be a need to keep doing better on farms, but it’s important we do acknowledge the progress made by our farmers and sector as a whole.”

DairyNZ Chief Executive, Tim Mackle

DairyNZ Chair Jim van der Poel said “On behalf of the Board I would like to acknowledge Tim and his huge contribution in his time as CE of DairyNZ to both DairyNZ and to dairy farmers. Tim has always been hugely passionate about helping dairy farmers navigate challenges they have faced and continue to face.

“We’re fortunate to have had Tim at DairyNZ through many challenging periods. Tim has played a key role in developing the R&D programme and the development of our science-based policy and advocacy function. He has been a strong leader and advocate for dairy. Tim is a values-driven leader and has built strong relationships with all those he has engaged with.

“I also wish to acknowledge Tim’s leadership and contribution to the wider dairy and primary sectors, through his influence on various boards, steering groups, and committees. Tim has always been a strong, passionate CE and he’s built a strong people culture at DairyNZ, with a highly engaged, capable and purpose-driven team. That puts us at DairyNZ in a great position to continue to deliver more for farmers and New Zealand.

“I would also like to personally acknowledge Tim. I have immense respect for Tim. Firstly, for the commitment and integrity that he brings to the role and the way he always conducts himself. And, for the huge intellect and passion he brings.”

Dr Mackle says “I would really want to thank our wonderful team, the dedicated and talented staff of DairyNZ, our supportive and committed board, our partners, and crucially, our farmers. I am deeply passionate about farming, it’s in my blood, it always will be. I am lucky to have been able to work for farmers. Last but not least, my family deserve a special mention, and I owe a great deal to them in supporting me.”

The Board will begin the recruitment process shortly.

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7 Feb 2023


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