Tony Cleland | Board Chair

Tony heads the Board as Chairman and has extensive experience in the rural sector. Tony is a dairy farming entrepreneur from Southland and a founder of FarmRight. 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 and Chairman of Fieldpower Northland.

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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 New Zealand 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 19 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. Sarah also owns a large farming business with sheep and beef, and dairy interests.

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Debbie Hewitt

Debbie is the co-founder of her family business Hewitt Livestock Ltd., Deputy Chair on the Cranford Foundation Trust, and is currently a Rockit Global appointed Director for ROP2, licensed growers of Rockit apples. Debbie has extensive governance experience across multiple sectors, including agriculture, horticulture, and civil engineering, as well as in policy and regulatory settings. Debbie was a Hawke’s Bay Regional Councillor from 2013-19, and previously held Director positions for Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company and Horticulture New Zealand. Debbie is also a previous Chair of Ruataniwha Water Storage Stakeholder group.

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Sinead Horgan

Sinead is a Chartered Accountant and has an extensive background in accounting, audit and risk. She also has extensive experience in dealing with regulators.

Sinead is a Director and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committees, for both Bank of China and  Eco central, Taggart Earthmoving, and Chair of the Finance Committee for Maia Health Foundation

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Sarah Smith

Sarah is an insurance and banking professional with over 30 years’ experience and is proud to have learnt insurance from the ‘ground-up’. Sarah’s more recent positions include General Manager of Insurance for ANZ and CEO MARAC Insurance (which is owned by Heartland Bank), and she is currently the Chief Technology Officer at Heartland Bank. 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 was a director of CRT Society for 15 years. Murray is experienced in corporate governance and is currently Chairman of Alliance Group and a director of Ballance Agri-Nutrients.

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