DairyNZ chairman Jim van der Poel encourages farmers with an interest in leadership and governance to apply.
“This opportunity allows farmers to actively contribute to important conversations on the board, while bringing fresh perspectives and thinking to our discussions, and helping make a positive impact on the sector,” says Jim.
“Being an associate director for a sector organisation is a unique opportunity, where you are encouraged to actively engage with our sitting directors, while gaining from their expertise in a governance setting and seeing what we work across.
“Since starting the associate directors programme, we have seen many of those farmers gain other board roles, either at DairyNZ or other key organisations, and it is exciting to see what this opportunity can lead to.”
DairyNZ has an important role in representing New Zealand dairy farmers, and supporting them through a range of research, development, advocacy and extension activities.
Since associate director roles were introduced in 2013, 13 dairy farmers have contributed to board discussions, alongside the eight sitting directors.