Chris Dennison joins Farmlands Board of Directors

North Otago farmer Chris Dennison will join the Farmlands Board of Directors after winning this year’s South Island Director election.

Mr Dennison won the election from current Director John Foley and the result was announced by Chairman Lachie Johnstone at the Farmlands Annual General Meeting in Christchurch on Tuesday.

Congratulating Mr Dennison on his victory, Mr Johnstone said he was looking forward to working with him as Farmlands moved forward as New Zealand’s largest rural supplies and services co-operative.

“We are delighted to welcome Chris to the Board of Farmlands. Chris has great experience on both a farming and governance level and our co-operative will benefit from this experience.”

Mr Johnstone also paid tribute to Mr Foley, who has been on the Board of Farmlands and its predecessor CRT for the past 16 years.

“We thank John for his commitment to Farmlands over the last 16 years. He was instrumental in the merger of CRT and Farmlands in bringing the two co-operatives together and has played a critical role in our many successes.”

Mr Dennison has extensive experience as a Director, including as former Deputy Chairman of Ravensdown Fertiliser and former Chairman of the Lower Waitaki Irrigation Company. He and his wife Kay run a 400 hectare arable farm, with an adjacent dairy farm milking 800 cows and producing 360,000kg of milksolids. Mr Dennison has a Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture) from Lincoln University and is a graduate of the Rabobank Executive Development Programme.

Mr Dennison says he is excited be a part of helping the co-operative move “onwards and upwards”.

“I feel privileged to join the Farmlands Board and to be representing all shareholders. I look forward to working with the Board to help Farmlands reach its potential.”

Farmlands Directors retire by rotation every year on a 3/3/2 cycle. This year Mr Johnstone and Mr Foley both retired and sought re-election. Mr Johnstone was re-elected unopposed in the North Island.