OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our Directors are passionate, committed and focused on ensuring we accomplish our objectives. They are responsible for our company’s corporate governance and strategic direction. Under our Constitution the Board is made up of between six and nine Directors.

Up to five directors are elected by shareholders who are suppliers of livestock to the company. Up to three may be appointed by the board.

Director Elections

Applications for Silver Fern Farms Co-operative’s next Farmer Elected Directors are now open.

There are two spaces available on the Board, with Rob Hewett and Gabrielle Thompson retiring by rotation at the upcoming Annual Meeting.

Gabrielle Thompson will be re-standing for election. Rob Hewett will not be standing.

Directors of Silver Fern Farms Co-operative are responsible for setting the Co-operative’s corporate governance and strategic direction. Silver Fern Farms Co-operative owns 50% of Silver Fern Farms Limited, in partnership with Shanghai Maling.

To be eligible for this role, candidates must be a current shareholder of the Co-operative and have supplied a minimum of 400 stock units to Silver Fern Farms for each of the last two years. Nomination forms must also be signed by two shareholders who meet the same criteria.

Nominations close at 12.00pm on 20 February 2024.

Candidates or other persons requiring more detailed information should contact our Shareholder Relations Manager at clark.taylor@silverfernfarms.co.nz, or call him on 029 9145060. You can also refer to the Director Election Policy at the link below.

Read the full media release here


  • William Beetham - Farmer Elected Director
    William graduated with a Diploma in Farm Management from Lincoln University. He has had a 10-year professional career spanning agricultural consultancy, integrated land management, systems development and commercial business management, working in New Zealand, England and Australia.
  • Gabrielle Thompson - Farmer Elected Director
    Gabrielle graduated 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.
  • Anna Nelson – Farmer Elected Director
    Anna runs a 1450ha breeding and finishing block in Aria with husband Blair (Munta), and in-laws Jon and Kaye. Anna is originally from Cheviot and has a veterinary degree from Massey University. As well as 10 years at a vet practice in central Waikato, she has also been an Associate Director at Beef + Lamb and is currently a catchment coordinator at King Country River Care.
  • Adrian Ball - Board Appointed Farmer Director
    Alongside his wife Pauline, Tirau farmer Adrian runs Dennley Farms, a 196ha fully integrated dairy and dairy beef finishing farm supplying finished cattle to Silver Fern Farms. He is also the Chairman of Rahinga Dairies in Dacre, Southland.
  • Tim Gibson - Director (Independent)
    Tim Gibson joined the board April 2020 and is a current Director on the Boards of Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC), Miraka Limited, and Port Otago Limited.