At the Annual Co-operative Business NZ Awards, Silver Fern Farms Co-operative received the “Co-operation amongst Co-operatives” Award alongside Farmlands Co-operative. We were recognised for the successful “To the Core” Governance and Leadership programme which we ran in partnership with Farmlands during May. We originally set up the programme with the Burnside Hart Co-operative Education Trust in 2015, and involved Farmlands this year to broaden the programme. “To the Core” is a 3-day programme which introduces our shareholders to governance and leadership of co-operatives, and gives them time with experienced New Zealand directors and senior company executives to develop their skills and understanding. The feedback from participants was excellent. Growing the next generation of governors for our Co-operative and for the broader rural community is very important to us and a core objective of Your Co-operative. We will be running this programme again in partnership with Farmlands in 2019.

If you would like to register an expression of interest to attend the next “To the Core” workshop our Shareholder Relations Manager Clark Taylor is keeping a register. This year we had over 35 applicants for the 24 available positions, so when we set a date for the next programme Clark will contact those on the register first before we go wider. You can email him here at clark.taylor@silverfernfarms.co.nz