Farmlands to appoint Board Observer

LachieThe Chairman of the Farmlands Board of Directors, Lachie Johnstone, has announced that the Farmlands Board wishes to appoint a Board Observer as another step in supporting the development of co-operative governance experience and skills.

“The person appointed will hold this position for 12 months and will be able to attend all Board meetings and activities with full speaking rights. They will not be able to vote on any matters before the Board. They will be reimbursed for expenses and will be supported with mentoring and support from experienced members of the Board,” Lachie explains.

Lachie says Farmlands is strongly committed to supporting the future development of leadership in the co-operative sector of New Zealand agriculture.

“We support the Kellogg and Nuffield leadership programmes at Lincoln, as well as the courses offered by New Zealand Cooperatives Association in conjunction with the IOD. However, it is often difficult for people who have completed these courses to get practical experience and this proposal is aimed at giving them an opportunity. Becoming a Board Observer does not imply preference for any future Board appointments. These decisions remain with the shareholders in accordance with our rules.”

Lachie says the Board will undertake a formal selection process and is keen to select a person with potential leadership qualities, as well as bringing to the table a mix of skills and experience relevant to the business.

“A number of other co-operatives have instituted similar programmes and we would expect these initiatives to expand the pool of persons able to step up to future directorships in agriculture,” he says.

The Farmlands Board of Directors is now seeking applications from shareholders for the position of Board Observer. The position will commence on 1st November 2017 for a period of 12 months.

To apply for this position, please submit an application to the Chairman of Farmlands, Lachie Johnstone – lachie.johnstone@ – before 20th April 2017. Applications should include a personal statement covering your expectations from this appointment, together with a full CV and two current referees.