Two new directors for DairyNZ
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.