Two new members on the DairyNZ Board of Directors were announced at yesterday's AGM.
An election saw Dr Jacqueline Rowarth voted in as a new farmer-elected director and Jo Coughlan ratified as a new board-appointed director, replacing Barry Harris who retired today from DairyNZ's board after 11 years.
Results of several AGM resolutions were also announced, including a new Directors Remuneration Committee member, dairy farmer John Gregan, and new director remuneration levels.
Dr Jacqueline Rowarth
Farmer-elected director Dr Jacqueline Rowarth brings a wealth of science, agribusiness and policy experience to the role.
"When I was 16 years old, I wanted to save the world. This belief has never been far from mind. I've always had a passion for sustainable food production and look forward to working with DairyNZ in their work to help dairy farmers achieve this vision."
Rowarth was the first chief scientist for the Environmental Protection Authority. Other roles she has held include Professor of Pastoral Agriculture at Massey University and Professor of Agribusiness at Waikato University.
She has 35 years' experience as a soil scientist, with a research focus on managing the productive environment (nutrients and greenhouse gases). In 2011 Rowarth invested in a family-run dairy operation in Tirau.
Board-appointed director Jo Coughlan brings considerable experience to DairyNZ and is excited to be joining the team.
"I grew up on a sheep and crop farm in Mid-Canterbury and married a Southland farmer, but have lived in Central Wellington for more than 20 years where we have raised our six children. I feel I can bring both an urban and rural perspective to the DairyNZ board.
"I'm excited to be a part of a sector that, while facing challenges, will continue to play a key role growing the New Zealand economy and is focused on creating a better future for our children."
Coughlan has some 20 years' experience in senior public relations, government relations and communications roles. She is currently managing director for Silvereye Communications which works with a wide range of public and private sector clients across diverse industries.
Coughlan was a Wellington City Councillor and Chair of the Economic portfolio for six years. She has a range of board experience including Chairperson of Wellington City Life Education Trust, a Board member of Positively Wellington Tourism and a national Board member of the Life Education Trust.