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Professional Development

To The Core - Leadership and governance development programme

This introduction to Governance enables you to take your Director skills to the next level and gain valuable insights and training with "To the Core", supported by Farmlands, Silver Fern Farms, LIC and sponsored by AGMARDT. 

Want to take your governance career to the next level?
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Farmlands Co-operative, Silver Fern Farms Co-operative and LIC are pleased to welcome applications for our award-winning rural governance leadership programme - To The Core.

This unique programme has been designed for Farmlands, Silver Fern Farms and LIC shareholders and gives participants an opportunity to learn more about governance in our co-operatives, as well as developing skills needed to operate at board level.


Where: Novotel Christchurch Airport

When: 4th - 6th June 2024

What: We have an outstanding lineup of speakers, as well as opportunities to discuss issues impacting boards.


Topics include: 

  • A perspective on agribusiness co-operative boards - strategy and structure
  • How to navigate boards through risk and market disruption
  • The future of farming and impacts for boards
  • CEO and Chair panel


Programme fee: $995.00 - includes accommodation and all meals during the course.

Applications closed Wednesday 20th March 2024. 

Should you have any questions about To The Core, please contact Clark Taylor (Shareholder Relations Manager, Silver Fern Farms) clark.taylor@silverfernfarms.com or phone 029 9145060

Participant Feedback

"Fantastic initiative between the co-ops to help secure a future pathway for directors. Clark awesome job on time management and keeping on track !!"

" This has been a brilliant few days.  A great group of people were selected to attend, very balanced group.  Fantastic experienced and open speakers who were very willing to share their knowledge and experiences. A great variety on sessions, was good to be challenged on our thought processes."

"I would like to thank everyone who had a hand in organising the course, all the speaker and facilitators were fantastic and it was truly inspiring"
"I believe running courses like this will only help the NZ Agri sector and make our governance strong across the industry. It's hard for younger people to get involved and this has been a great insight… I look forward to seeing where some of the course attendees end up in the future. Thank you for the opportunity"


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