New DairyNZ associate directors announced

26 September 2019

Two dairy farmers from Taranaki and Levin will join DairyNZ’s Board of Directors, as its new associate directors.

Matthew Herbert and Richard McIntyre have been selected to join the DairyNZ board, with each working alongside the directors for six board meetings. Matthew begins in October, while Richard will join the board from July 2020.

DairyNZ Chair Jim van der Poel says the associate directors have provided valuable contributions to the board since the roles were established six years ago.

Richard McIntyre

“These roles were developed as a way for our sector’s future leaders to experience first-hand how a board works and gain governance experience,” says Jim.

“Both Matthew and Richard bring enthusiasm and drive for the sector, and individual strengths which the board will value having around the table. Their experience will provide new thinking as the sector progresses.”

Matthew Herbert is a Taranaki-based sharemilker with a 210-cow herd and has previous governance experience with his local Young Farmers club.

“I am really excited to be appointed as an associate director with DairyNZ. The exposure to governance during a really challenging time for the sector will provide great insights and grow my understanding of the governance procedures of an organisation as significant as DairyNZ,” says Matthew.

“Exposure to different farmers and their views is something I hope to bring to the table. The perspective of young farmers is particularly important to have at the DairyNZ board table, as a lot of what is being discussed has impacts not only in the short-term, but for the next decade and beyond.”

Together with his partner Brad, Matthew won Auckland-Hauraki Share Farmer of the Year in 2016.

Levin-based farmer Richard McIntyre, with partner Emma, are sharemilkers who own with a 450-cow herd. Among several sector roles, Richard has strong ties with Federated Farmers.

Matthew Herbert

“I feel honoured to be selected for this role. I am also very excited as this provides a great opportunity to gain experience through watching the board function and by contributing to the discussion,” says Richard.

“In my other industry roles, I try to bring a sharemilker’s perspective to every meeting I attend and promote the interests of the people on the ground. I hope to bring that to the DairyNZ board as well and make the most of an exciting opportunity.”

Nine other farmers have been associate directors with DairyNZ since the initiative was introduced in 2013. The associate director roles are non-voting and are for dairy farmers wanting to move beyond their farm and into sector leadership.

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