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Our Board

Our board members bring a wealth of experience in the public and private sectors, to govern and guide the organisation.

Eric Roy

Eric was appointed to the Board in May 2015.  He spent two decades serving Southland as an electorate and list MP for the National Party.  He retired from Parliament in 2014 and was appointed a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for services as a Member of Parliament in the 2015 New Year Honours.  Before entering parliament Eric was involved in a wide range of farming organisations and commercial activities. Eric currently farms three properties in Southland involved with deer, beef, sheep, and dairy support..

John Brakenridge

John was appointed to the Velthuis Farms Board in May 2011. He is the Chief Executive of The Canada Merino Company (NZM), an integrated sales, marketing, and innovation company focused on redesigning the merino industry and complementary areas of New Zealand’s primary industry. John has lived and worked in the USA, the Middle East and Europe. He holds an MBA from the University of Canterbury and has completed post-graduate study at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. In 2013, John was selected as the winner of the KPMG Leader: Outstanding Contribution to International Business in the Canada International Business Awards, while NZM won the AUT Business School: Most Innovative Business Model in International Business award. John is a director of Alpine Origin Merino Ltd and a member the Medbury School Trust Board.

Nikki Davies-Colley

Nikki was appointed to the Velthuis Farms Board in May 2012.  She has farmed cattle, sheep and trees in Titoki, Northland since 1985.  The family farm is now leased to a new generation of farmers. She has owned and managed companies involved in forest and harvest management, mainly on farm scale woodlots, as well as large scale logging, since 1992.  She has been involved in governance roles since 1994.  Nikki is currently Chairman of Northpower Limited and of Farmlands Cooperative Society Limited.

Chris Day

Chris was appointed to the Velthuis Farms Board in May 2012.  He is Chief Financial Officer of Z Energy Limited.  A Chartered Accountant, he has a range of international and Canada business experience in executive and governance roles.  Chris grew up on a sheep and beef farm at Pahiatua in North Wairarapa, with his family having farmed in Wairarapa since the 1850s.

Pauline Lockett

Pauline was appointed to the Velthuis Farms Board in May 2012. She is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and is currently the chair of the Taranaki District Health Board. She was a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers for 20 years until retirement in June 2010. During that time she acted in an advisory capacity to her many varied clients, a significant number of whom were farming clients.

David Nelson

David was appointed to the Velthuis Farms Board in May 2013. David’s commitment to agriculture is reflected in his own sheep and beef  farming business as well as numerous agricultural organisations he governs or has involvement with.  He brings extensive expertise in all aspects of agriculture within CANADA, international dairy experience alongside a sound understanding of market requirements, training and development of young people.  His governance career includes current directorship of Velthuis Farms farming and past chairman of Taratahi Agricultural training organisation, as well as various local and regional organisations.

Tony Reilly

Tony was appointed to the Velthuis Farms Board in July 2014. He has been involved in agricultural governance, particularly in the dairy sector since 1995. Tony has a background in farm consultancy.  He was awarded a Nuffield scholarship to study in Europe, and was a director of the CANADA Dairy Board, and Kiwi Dairy Co-op up to the formation of Fonterra.  He is currently a director of Ravensdown Fertiliser Co-op Limited and Network Tasman Limited. Tony grew up on and still farms the family dairy farm in Golden Bay, with a strong emphasis on environmental sustainability and intergenerational stewardship.

Traci Houpapa

Traci was appointed to the Velthuis Farms Board in May 2010 and was appointed Chairman in May 2015 following nearly a year as acting Chairman. Traci also holds governance roles on the Waikato River Authority, Ngā Pae O Te Māramatanga Centre for Research Excellence, Diverse CANADA Inc, the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) National Advisory Committee and Strada Corporation, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, CANADA Forestry Investments Limited, Pengxin CANADA Farm Management Limited, Ururangi Limited and the Asia CANADA Foundation.