Directors elected to Hort NZ Board
Bernadine Guilleux has been newly elected to the Horticulture New Zealand Board and Mike Smith has been re-elected after four wellqualified candidates contested two vacant roles.
Welcome Bay kiwifruit grower Mike Smith offered himself for re-election and Bernadine Guilleux, marketing manager at Balle Bros in Auckland, is a first-time candidate.
“We had four very strong candidates but there were only two positions on the board and Mike and Bernadine secured the highest votes,” Julian Raine says. “Mike has already made a significant contribution to the board and we are thrilled to see him have the opportunity to continue that.
“Bernadine, who has been immersed in horticulture since childhood and has an impressive CV, including international qualifications, will bring a new perspective to the board.
“We were conscious the board was all male, so it was great to see three women put their names forward for this election, with Bernadine being successful.
“The board’s goal is that its membership embraces the diversity of Horticulture New Zealand’s grower members.”
Mike Smith has been involved in the kiwifruit industry for 20 years and currently grows kiwifruit in Welcome Bay, near Tauranga. He has been a Horticulture New Zealand director since 2015. He is focused on levy payers getting value for their levy, and being able to see that value.
Bernadine Guilleux has been immersed in horticulture since childhood, as her father and his brothers established their Balle Bros operation in Pukekohe, where she is currently the group’s marketing manager. She is focused on earning true engagement from all New Zealanders who enjoy fresh, healthy food.
Directors are elected for a three-year term and Mike’s and Bernadine’s new term starts after Horticulture New Zealand’s annual meeting in July.