Alumni Biographies 2008-2009
Andy is currently the Managing Director of Scales Corporation, having joined as CEO in 2007. Andy has overall responsibility for the strategic direction and day-to-day management of Scales. Scales was previously a subsidiary of Southbury Group Limited, majority owned by entities associated with Allan Hubbard. Other entities owned by Southbury Group included South Canterbury Finance Limited, Dairy Holdings Limited (as to a 35% stake only) and Helicopters (New Zealand) Limited. From September 2007 to June 2010 Andy was engaged to provide management services to Southbury Group, the entities owned by it and New Zealand Wool Services International Limited.
In addition to his directorships of the Group, Andy is currently a director of apple and pear industry body Pipfruit New Zealand Incorporated, property and investment group George H Investments Limited and Central Otago deer and beef cattle breeding and fattening farming company Loganbrae Limited. He also provides advice to Akaroa Salmon Limited.
Prior to joining Scales he had a 20 year career in banking, with his final role being Head of Corporate at Westpac New Zealand. Andy also completed the Fonterra Governance Development Program in 2008/09 which included attending and completing the Institute of Directors residential course.
“David and I bought the Manawatu dairy farm from David’s father in 1981 and developed this to support our growing family. The 140ha dairy platform runs a herd of 280 pedigree Milking Shorthorns and is supported by a 180ha dry stock farm. The farm is a family run operation, with our 4 children actively taking on roles.
Over the years I have worked in education, nine of these years as principal of a co-educational secondary. After 8 years working for the Centre for Educational Development at Massey University, as a facilitator and Manager for International Study Tour Groups I have decided to finish in December 2015 to focus on completing my doctorate. The start of 2016 has also seen me take up three new governance roles.
Lutheran Church of New Zealand – Council of Synod Chair (February 2016)
Finance Advisory Chair (February 2016)
Feilding Civic Centre Trust – February 2016
Hiwinui Community Committee – February 2016 Central Football (2006 - Chair since 2010)
Queen Elizabeth College Foundation Educational Trust (2000 - )
Mature Employment Support Agency (2000-2002)
Redsox Manawatu Sports Club Committee (2007 -2010; Chair 2009-2010)
New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers President (1998-2001)
Ken has dairy and drystock farming interests in Northland. He currently has directorships in the electricity, communications and contracting sectors. He has also been a director in Australia in the contracting sector with West Coast Energy.
In 2007, Ken was selected for leadership training via an AGMARDT scholarship for the FAME programme which involved study and market visits in China, Japan the USA and Europe. In 2008 he was selected for Fonterra's Governance Development Programme. Ken lives on their farm in Paparoa. In 2009 the property received several awards in the Northland Ballance farm environment awards.
Having gained governance experience in other sectors Ken is looking forward to using that knowledge in the agriculture sector in the future.
I am focused on business, the challenges, it creates and the people it involves. One of my mantras is to be great in business - it is like being an Olympic athlete training and understanding your limitations and then challenging them. It is what makes the differences between the good business owners and great ones. That includes governance. Constant understanding of the business challengers and the people around it is what makes a great governor. It is about judgement calls, understanding the numbers, drivers of the business and the people involved in the market.
In conjunction with my wife and four children I am currently the managing director of the farming business milking 2500 cows employing 15 FTE’s. Historically I have owned two businesses in Auckland employing 50 FTE’s in the wholesale meat industry and small goods industry, selling into the supermarkets, food service and restaurant industry. This also included setting up a management team and governance structure.
Governance Experience includes:
Young Farmers at a National Level
School Boards Private and Public
Federated Farmers – Chairman Dairy Industry
Fonterra Governance Development Program, DairyNZ Governance Program, other Management Courses
Fonterra Shareholders Council – Leadership team, Chairman Performance Committee
Chairman Manawatu Chamber of Commerce - Current
Trustee of Talent Central - Current