Good governance has eight major characteristics. It is participatory, consensus oriented, accountable, transparent, responsive, effective and efficient, equitable and inclusive, and follows the rule of law.
Our governance policies are regularly reviewed to make sure they are consistent with best practice, ensuring our future as a world-leading food company.
Our Board of Directors
Our Directors are passionate, committed and focused on ensuring we accomplish our objectives. They are responsible for our company’s corporate governance and strategic direction. Under our Constitution the Board is made up of between six and eight Directors.
Up to five directors are elected by shareholders who are suppliers of livestock to the company. Up to three may be appointed by the board.
Rob Hewett - Chairman
Rob became the Chairman of Silver Fern Farms in December 2013. He was elect...
Dan Jex-Blake - Director
Dan was elected to the Board in 2013. He is the Managing Director of Mangap...
Fiona Hancox - Director
Fiona operates a 27,000 stock unit sheep and beef finishing operation in Ta...
Jane Taylor - Director (Independent)
Jane was appointed to the Board in June 2013 and is the Chair of the Board’...
Richard Young - Director
Richard operates a 300ha sheep and cropping property at Tapanui, West Otago...
Tony Balfour - Director (Independent)
Tony joined the Silver Fern Farms’ Board in August 2009. He is a globally e...
Tony O’Boyle - Director
Tony O’Boyle was elected to the Silver Fern Farms Board in December 2015. H...
Trevor Burt - Director (Independent)
Trevor joined the Board in August 2009 and is Chairman of the Remuneration ...
Our Leadership Team
The role of our Leadership Team is to clearly define and champion our strategic direction and inspire people within the business to deliver on it. Our Leadership Team is made up of a talented and dynamic group of individuals that bring a wealth of complementary experience to their roles and an intimate knowledge of their specialist areas to spur the business forward.
They love their jobs and are driven and passionate about living up to our brand’s promise of delivering the world’s best red meat experiences.
Dean Hamilton - Chief Executive
Dean was appointed Chief Executive of Silver Fern Farms in November 2014. H...
Sharon Angus - General Manager Marketing
Sharon leads the team responsible for the growth and strategic development ...
Phil Buck - General Manager Plant Operations
Phil leads the operations team responsible for production across the group....
Dean Fraser - Enterprise Program Manager
Dean oversees all of the material projects in the group from establishment ...
Grant Howie - General Manager Sales
Grant leads the sales team at Silver Fern Farms. He is responsible for cust...
Vicki McColl - Chief Financial Officer
Vicki leads the group’s finance and accounting, treasury, customer service ...
Gary Williams - General Manager Food Quality, Envi...
Gary leads a team of specialists responsible for food safety and quality, t...
The Constitution of Silver Fern Farms was adopted by special resolution on 30 July 2009.
Director Election Policy
The Election Policy and the Governance Capability model have been developed specifically for Silver Fern Farms Co-operative, and has been approved by the Silver Fern Farms Co-operative Board of Directors.
The model is an appendix to the Election Policy. It establishes 6 important areas of capability that should be represented across the elected and independent directors to ensure a strong foundation for highly effective governance.
Burnside Hart Co-Operative Education Trust
Recognising achievement and investing in the future of our farmers and farm leaders is important to us. In 2008 we helped to establish the Burnside Hart Co-operative Education Trust to advance education and leadership training to those seeking to enhance their skills for the benefit of New Zealand’s primary sector.