Members, you can expect your voting papers to arrive via post soon. Please take the time to read the candidates’ profile, select your choice of Board Members and return your voting paper via post by 5pm, 22nd September 2021 as per voting paper instructions.
Nominated candidates for 2021 are:
I am 58 years old, married to Selina, with three adult children. We have been client members of Anexa Vets since 1999, and currently farm 230 dairy cows at Tatuanui.
I believe that being a member of Anexa Vets has added value to our dairy business in many ways.
We personally value a veterinary club which:
- holds co-operative principles
- provides a complementary range of animal health products and services which meet our modern business needs
- has invested in research (Cognosco)
- provides new information for member’s benefit.
During the past six years on the Anexa board I have been able to positively influence the performance of the board through clarity of strategy, and making tactical decisions which enable management to achieve Anexa’s objectives. The business needs to continue to strengthen its ability to deliver to members.
My personal values are:
- understanding others
I have served on the Anexa Board for over five years, having previously undertaken the role of Chairman of the FVC Veterinary Services Board for a number of years.
I currently farm on the Hauraki plains; a farm that has been in the Firth family for over 80 years. My knowledge of farming and running a sizable business, as well as my 10 years’ service as a Director, Deputy Chairman and Chairman mean that I am well versed in providing strong governance and direction, new ideas and considered input across all key business areas to ensure the future of not only the club, but also the farming industry.
Having played a key role in the merger of Anexa and FVC in 2015, it has been extremely satisfying to see the realisation of the potential of the merger, and I very much look forward to the opportunity to continue to contribute to the success of Anexa Veterinary Services, and most importantly to continue to serve the interests of my fellow farmer members which are at the heart of the purpose of our Club.
Rochelle and I farm in the Gordonton and Orini Area milking over 600 cows. Working at the cold face of our business I am in touch with the immediate pressures and challenges that farmers are facing in all aspects of their business. I have a wide knowledge of the industry and have the ability to look at the big picture.
I strongly believe we need fresh ideas and a strong succession plan in place within Board to ensure great governance continues long into the future.
My recent involvement in the industry are as follows:
- Initiator and Farmer speaker in the Johnes Disease Road Show in conjunction with LIC and Anexa.
- Farmer stakeholder on Anti-microbial trial with Scott McDougall, Cognsoco and DairyNZ
- Fonterra Shareholder representative for Winter milk programme
I’m a fourth-generation farmer that’s passionate about the Dairy Industry. I am driven by a new challenge and not afraid to get stuck in.
I would love the opportunity to represent Anexa clients.
I am asking for your vote to join the Anexa Vets Board. As an owner-operator of a Te Hoe dairy farm with my husband Ian, I bring over 19 years’ experience in leadership and governance roles, currently as a Waikato Regional Councillor, Director at WINTEC, and Chair of the Rabobank Upper North Island Client Council. Previous governance roles include Primary ITO and Dairy Women’s Network, alongside other board positions in healthcare, environmental and non-profit organisations.
I bring proven skills and knowledge to the board table, as well as a thorough understanding of the changing regulatory environment the primary sector is working within, along with well-developed networks in the
agri-sector. Previous experience as an observer to a vet club board has built my awareness of the challenges and opportunities in veterinary businesses.
Strong boards draw on a diversity of thought and experience and I would like the opportunity to bring mine to Anexa Vets.