Two new di­rec­tors for DairyNZ

Waipa Post - - The Country -

Farmer-elected di­rec­tor 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,” she says.

“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.”

Jac­que­line 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 Jac­que­line 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 MidCan­ter­bury 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.”

Jo has 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in se­nior pub­lic re­la­tions, govern­ment re­la­tions and com­mu­ni­ca­tions roles and is cur­rently MD for Sil­ver­eye Com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

Jo was a Wellington City Coun­cil­lor and chair of the Eco­nomic port­fo­lio for six years. She has a range of re­gional and na­tional board ex­pe­ri­ence.

Jac­que­line Rowarth

Jo Cough­lan

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