Gabrielle Thompson is the first board appointed Farmer Director for Silver Fern Farms Co-operative. Graduating from Massey University with a Veterinary degree in 2000, Gabrielle developed her own companion animal clinic in 2004, growing to five clinics around the lower South Island over a 10 year period before selling these clinics to a nationwide company.

Gabrielle and her husband, along with their family, own and operate a 530ha arable and store lamb farm at Dorie, Mid Canterbury. As well as having owned an artisan bread company which sold through supermarkets nationwide, Gabrielle is a chartered member of the Institute of Directors. In addition to this, she is a director of rural supplies company Rural Co.