Tony Cleland | Board Chair

Tony heads the Board as Chairman and has extensive experience in the rural sector. Tony has several dairy farming businesses in Southland and a vineyard in Central Otago. A founder of FarmRight which manages Agriculture and Viticulture assets through NZ and Australia. Tony’s been a director on FMG’s board since 2007 and has also held a range of other governance roles, including Director of several large-scale farming businesses.

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Steve Allen

Steve has enjoyed over twenty years as a Chairman, Director and Trustee of a number of Private Companies, Private Trusts and Charitable Trusts. Steve’s career has included time in the commercial sector with IBM NZ and comprises extensive dairy industry experience with directorships on both the NZ Dairy Board and LIC. More recently, Steve has been a member of the Waikato Dairy Leaders Group and he is a trustee of the Waikato based David Johnstone Charitable Trust. Steve has been Chairman of the Tatua Board since 2003.

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Geoff Copstick

Geoff was CFO of Gallagher Group in Hamilton for nine years. He is now on Gallagher’s board and Chair of their Audit and Risk Committee. Geoff also serves as an independent advisor to Northland Regional Council on finance, audit and economic development issues. Geoff is a previous Chair of ChildFund NZ and has 20 years of executive-level finance experience with New Zealand companies. He has specialised in corporate governance, risk management and corporate treasury operations.

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Sarah von Dadelszen

Sarah has spent the last 21 years in a variety of agricultural and energy related governance and leadership roles. These positions have been with organisations that are committed to maintaining strong communities, particularly in the rural sector including the NZ Beef Council, Fonterra Shareholders Council and NZ Young Farmers. Currently, she sits on the Ballance Agri-Nutrients Board and Centralines Ltd. Sarah also owns a large farming business with sheep and beef and dairy interests.

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Debbie Hewitt

Debbie has a strong primary sector background, with extensive governance experience in agribusiness, civil engineering, infrastructure, project management, and regulatory environment sectors. Alongside being a co-founder of her family business Hewitt Livestock Ltd., Debbie is currently Deputy Chair on the Cranford Foundation Trust, and a Rockit Global appointed Director for ROP2, licensed growers of Rockit apples. Previous governance roles include serving as a Hawke’s Bay Regional Councillor and holding Director positions for the Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company and Horticulture New Zealand.

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Sinead Horgan

Sinead trained as a Chartered Accountant and has over 20 years consulting and financial services experience. Sinead has held senior roles in accounting, private equity and commercial banking across Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.  Sinead is a Director and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committees, for  Bank of China, Eco central and Maia Health Foundation. She is a director of Rakon and Taggart Earthmoving.

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Sarah Smith

Sarah is an insurance and banking professional with over 30 years’ experience, 15 of which have been in senior management, and is proud to have learnt insurance from the ‘ground-up’. Sarah’s more recent positions have included Chief Technology Officer, Heartland Bank, CEO MARAC Insurance and General Manager of Insurance for ANZ.  Sarah has a strong working knowledge of the regulatory requirements and conduct and culture expectations of the industry.

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Murray Taggart

Murray farms sheep, beef and arable crops under irrigation near Oxford in North Canterbury. Prior to going farming, he worked for seven years at ANZ Bank. Murray was a Nuffield scholar in 1996 and in 2006 won the Tasman region FMG Rural Excellence Award. He is a former National Meat and Fibre Chairman of Federated Farmers and is a past director of CRT Society and Ballance Agri-Nutrients. Murray is experienced in corporate governance and is currently chairman of Alliance Group and Taumata Plantations.

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