Tuesday, 16 February 2021 14:16

New DairyNZ associate directors announced

Written by  Staff Reporters
Cameron Henderson, one of DairyNZ's new associate directors. Cameron Henderson, one of DairyNZ's new associate directors.

Two dairy farmers from Canterbury and the Bay of Plenty will join DairyNZ’s board as new associate directors.

Cameron Henderson and Carlos Delos Santos have been selected to join the board with each working alongside the directors for six board meetings. Cameron begins in March, while Carlos will join the board from December.

DairyNZ chair Jim Van der Poel says the associate director roles have been providing the board with valuable input and contributions since the roles were established seven years ago.

“Every year, the associate directors bring their unique knowledge and opinions which help shape board discussions and decision-making,” says Van der Poel.

“It is exciting to have Cameron and Carlos joining us this year, as they both bring their individual strengths and experiences which the board will value having around the table. Their experiences will bring new thinking, as the sector progresses.”

Cameron Henderson is Canterbury-based and farms with his partner Sarah.

“This is a unique chance to learn, as there aren’t many opportunities to get involved in professional boards like this. There is a lot of expertise at the table, and I hope to contribute some of my own experience and perspective to help shape discussions,” says Henderson.

“Within my other industry roles, I have gained insight into many current issues and opportunities facing dairy farmers. I have heard from a diverse range of perspectives both inside and outside the industry, and hope to use this knowledge to contribute to the leadership of the industry.”

Rotorua-based Carlos Delos Santos, with his wife Bernice, are 50/50 sharemilkers with a 630-cow herd, which they milk on the Onuku Māori Lands Trust.

Delos Santos is currently involved with the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards as well as being a board director for Vetora Bay of Plenty.

“I am really excited to be selected for this role, as it allows me the chance to gain knowledge on what occurs at DairyNZ board meetings and contribute to important sector discussions,” he says.

“During my previous roles, I have tried to use my unique background to bring new perspectives to discussions, which I hope to do while in the role as well as making the most of this opportunity to grow my governance ability.”

Eleven other farmers have been associate directors with DairyNZ since the initiative was launched in 2013. The associate director roles are non-voting and are for dairy farmers wanting to move into sector leadership.

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