Alumni Biographies 2012-2013



Bill Donaldson

Currently I am an Executive Director of Waibury Farms Limited, a multi farm syndicate dairy operation.  I spent 3 years on the Shareholders’ Council and during that time was an observer on the Fair Value Share Committee and Chair of the Performance Committee.  I recently completed the Fonterra Governance Development Programme in 2012- 2013 and have also recently been appointed to the Milk Price Panel.  This role starts in November 2014.

I am also the current President of the Waikato Diocesan School for Girls Rowing Club Inc. which is one of the more consistently performed Girls rowing clubs in New Zealand.

I completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from Massey University.  I have a keen interest in governance and representation aspects of the dairy industry and its mechanics particularly associated with Fonterra.

To complete the picture, I am a father of 4 teenage and older children and am a keen cyclist and certainly enjoy and embrace the challenges that life brings.



Cam Lewis

I am a hands-on dairy and asparagus farmer in the Horowhenua. I am married to Catherine and we have a baby daughter, Addison.  Day-to-day I run a 450-cow dairy farm, and my wife and I grow asparagus with my parents for domestic and export sale. In the next 2-3 years I intend to transition my operational role from the dairy business to the asparagus business.

My early governance experience was fostered with New Zealand Young Farmers, where I was vice chair of the national board, chairman of the local club as well as involved in running a number of national committees.  In 2009 I completed the Kellogg Rural Leaders Programme, which motivated me to actively seek governance training to broaden my knowledge beyond Young Farmers, the family business and the New Zealand rural finance industry.  I undertook training through Massey University as a participant in the Fonterra Governance Development Programme in 2012-13.

My current governance roles are locally based in the Horowhenua to ensure I can focus on my own business and family life. I am Chair of the Horowhenua Economic Development Board, which is charged with promoting economic growth in the district.  I am a Director of Lewis Dairies (dairy farming); Lewis Farming (asparagus farming); and The Tender Tips Company (asparagus processing and exporting). I have a personal goal of one day becoming a director of Fonterra and will continue to seek governance roles that will enable me to build experience and skills.



Dennis Barclay

Currently with partner Catherine milking 700 cows at Kaiaua on the Firth of Thames. This will expand to 800 over the next 18 months due to recent acquisitions. All our children are in the work force but the youngest has joined the boomerang generation and is back at home and travelling to work.

Positions Currently held

  • Trustee/Manager for Twinstream Family Trust (Dairy Farming)

  • Managing Director for CMC Investments Ltd (Aircraft lease & Hire )

  • Managing Director of Twinstream Investments Ltd (Land holding and Residential Development)

  • LIC Shareholder Councillor for South Auckland

  • Counties Manukau Rugby Supporters Club committee

  • Member Institute of Directors

Qualifications held

  • Private Pilots licence

  • Diploma in Agriculture Massey University

  • Fonterra Governance Development Programme

  • The Leading Board Development Programme for Cooperative Directors

  • CBNZ Leading Co-operative Essentials programme

  • Kellogg’s Rural leadership programme



Elaine Cook

I consider myself a NZ ‘grass-roots’ dairy farmer. Progressing through the industry from growing up on a dairy farm, lower order sharemilking, 50/50 sharemilking to farm ownership. Farming in both Waikato and Southland. I have over 25 years practical farming experience with current interests in Southland.

My personal interest is to help others succeed in reaching their goals. I also like to continually build my knowledge and really enjoy interacting with others as they share their knowledge and experiences. This all assists when building strong collaborative relationships to achieve growth and sustainability within businesses and communities. Having a passion for the dairy industry and wanting to contribute to ensure the legacy of the industry continues for future generations has seen me progress into governance.

Directorships provides me with an opportunity to share my skills, experience, knowledge and diversity adding strength and value to a board.

Current governance roles:

  • Director DairyNZ

  • Director NZ Young Farmers

  • Director Southern Dairy Hub



Evan Heywood

My name is Evan Heywood and I am a third generation kiwifruit and apple grower from Motueka. I am presently the Managing Director of Heywood Orchards Ltd, which comprises 30 hectares of kiwifruit and 70 hectares of apples and pears. Heywood Orchards is also a shareholder of Golden Bay Fruit, a company that is responsible for the packing, cool storage, logistics’ and marketing of our apples and pears.

Other governance positions held are Chairman of Golden Bay Fruit 2008 Ltd, and Vice Chairman and Director of Mainland Kiwi Growers Entity.

I am also a KGI South Island representative and Prevar Advisory group member, have completed the Kellogs Rural Leadership Programme in 2008 and hold a Bachelor of Commerce in Horticultural Management from Lincoln University.

My community interests are coaching Nelson Bays U65kg rugby team for last 3 years and Secretary and Treasurer for the Motueka Fruitgrowers Association.



Grant Miller

I am currently farming a Dairy/ Cropping / Beef enterprise over three properties within a 10 kilometre radius of the dairy farm.

My career history is in Banking, Project Management, Property Investment/Development, and Farming.

Off farm I have been  interested and involved in our local community through chairing the School Board of Trustees, coaching and refereeing rugby, being a member of the reserve committee, as well as the community association. This has recently included being involved in the rebuild and repair of community facilities due to the Canterbury earthquakes.

At the last local body elections I was elected to the Selwyn District Council and have since been confirmed as chair of the following committees: Audit and Risk, Solid Waste, and the Pest Management Liason committee under the auspices of Environment Canterbury.

As part of ongoing education and development I have completed the Fonterra Governance Development Program and am currently working towards accreditation for the new Institute of Directors CPD qualification.

Future goals include applying my core skills in strategy, future planning and leadership to governance of commercial enterprises.

I am married to Cherie and together we have three boys and one girl. I live and farm in the Selwyn District of Canterbury.



Ivan Knauf

Ivan began in business by setting up & operating an earth moving & farm drainage contracting business in the Waikato which was sold in 2000. While operating the contracting business he purchased 124 ha of land from his parents & initially farmed bulls, before converting to dairy. The Waikato farm & contracting business were sold in 2000 to enable the purchase of a 500 ha sheep, cattle & deer farm near Hastings which was converted to dairy for the 2001 season. Other surrounding blocks have been purchased & he now farms 780 ha in the Maraekakaho district near Hastings in partnership with his wife Sue, milking 1600 cows on 400 ha irrigated, growing crops & grazing dry-stock on the balance of the area.

He has been involved with the Hawkes Bay Regional Council initiative, looking at a water storage dam proposal for the Ngaruroro River catchment & is currently Dairy Farmer Representative on the HBRC Tank Catchment collaborative stakeholder group.



James McCone

My wife Belinda, our three boys and I live and farm in Culverden, North Canterbury. We have been fortunate to be involved in a wider family dairy farming business that has experienced significant growth over the last seven years. As the business has grown we have gained experience in project management of dairy conversions and general management. Our current focus is on continuing to build a farming enterprise that is sustainable and scalable.

Or farming system is heavily reliant on irrigation. Sustainable water management is critical to the industries future and this is where my short to medium term governance interest lies. I currently chair an Independent Irrigators collective and I am also a member of the Hurunui Waiau zone committee. The zone committee operates as a joint committee of Environment Canterbury and the Hurunui District Council charged with working collaboratively to develop a water management implementation program. 

The co-operative business model has served agriculture well and is where my longer term governance interest lies.



Jessie Chan-Dorman

Jessie and her husband Hayden are dairy business owners leasing 420 ha at Dorie and milking 1400 cows.

She has an Honours degree in Animal Science and has worked in a range of rural professional positions over the past 15 years.

Jessie has completed the Food and Agribusiness Marketing Experience and the Kellogg Rural Leaders Programme, and has received the Canterbury Institute of Directors Aspiring Director Award. She is currently Vice President and Dairy Chair of Federated Farmers Mid Canterbury, a Director of Ashburton Trading Society and a member of NZ Asian Leaders.



Kevin Monks

Along with my wife Gillian, I am a director of our farming company MERJ Investments Ltd which is situated at Roto-o-Rangi near Cambridge. We have four adult children and follow their endeavours with keen interest.

We milk 910 cows on 250ha with young stock on 50ha adjoining the dairy platform. We also own a commercial pig farm on the same property running 250 sows which in turn produce 5950 bacon weight pigs sold per year. 

I was elected to the Fonterra Shareholders’ Council in 2010. I am currently serving as Chairperson of the Performance Committee in the Council, a position I was selected for in November 2013. I am also a member of the Leadership Team.

I am currently Chairman of Directors ( 2 ½ years ) of a pork marketing and wholesaling company Five Star Pork NZ Ltd and have been on the Board of that company for approximately 13 years. This Company has approximately 25 staff and an annual turnover of $24 million and has a processing plant in Auckland.

I am currently a trustee on a Community Trust (Cambridge Resthaven) an aged care facility in Cambridge and in the last 6 months been elected vice chairman. In this role I have taken responsibility to lift the governance of our Board by bringing in expertise to help restructure and advise us so we can cope with our growth phase and have a governance structure that takes us into the future.



Murray Linton

I am 55 years old on the 5th October. Born and raised on a Te Puke sheep and beef farm. Converted to dairy in 90’s and now milk 480 cows on a self-contained unit. I am married to Fiona, who runs our coffee supply business, Fusion Coffee Roastery. We have two children, Innes 21 and Lachlan 19.

Having served on the Ag ITO board and as a governor in our own business, as well as being a representative on 2 industry bodies, I have a strong interest in excellence in governance.

I am keen to contribute to any organization, my strengths are collaboration, a strong industry networks and having a strong interest in excellence in governance.

I have been a Fonterra Shareholders’ Councillor for nearly  9 years, I am currently a member of Council’s Governance and Ethics Committee. I am currently serving on the Governance and Representation Review Committee as a council representative.

I am Chair of the Primary Industry Training Organisation Industry Partnership Group Dairy Pastoral.

I am also Chair of the Stakeholder Council Primary Industry Training Organisation Industry.



Tony Collingwood

Hi my name is Tony Collingwood. I am currently employed as the branch manager for Rabobank Otorohanga, where I have been in the role 10 years. Rabobank is the world’s leading food and agribusiness bank, operating in 42 countries with 10 million clients worldwide.

In my role as branch manager I have lead our team to grow the assets of the book to approx $500m over 10 years. I have also held leadership roles in the bank such as chairman of the NZ dairy strategy team, and a team member on projects such as the current one I’m involved with to link our faming clients globally via social media.

Rural banking is very much on farm at the kitchen table helping our clients make decisions, setting strategy and monitoring performance. What I do for a day job has a lot of similarities with governance.

Outside of work (with my wife Louise) we run a very successful dairy farming business. At the age of 41 and starting from nothing we have built 3 farming businesses with 1150 cows, and are set to expand further in the near future.

I have been a governor of our farming businesses for 10 years, and a director of Vetfocus (a business with $20m turnover and 50 staff) since 2007. I thoroughly enjoy governance which prompted me to enrol in Fonterra’s Governance Development Programme in 2012, and graduated from the year long program in 2013.

I am looking to both extend my governance experience, and add value at the board table with my unique skill set.




Terence and his wife Suzanne, own and operate 2 dairy farms in the Bay of Islands, since moving to Northland in 1996. Their children, Rachell (21) and Daniel (19) are both at University in Auckland.

Terence was elected to the Fonterra Shareholders Council in 2008 and has been a member of the Representation Committee and now the Performance committee. Since being on Council Terence has completed the Kelloggs Rural Leadership Programme (2010) and Fonterra Governance Development Programme (2013) and various other short term professional development courses which assist him in his role for representing farmers.

Having always been interested in the dairy industry outside the farm gate Terence is currently active in ensuring that the farmers in his area are represented and given a voice as sustainable farming issues/practices/policies for the future are planned and discussed locally, regionally and nationally.

Locally, Terence is a committee member of the Northland Focus Farm, a trustee of the Northland Dairy Development Trust, a member of the Waitangi Catchment Steering Group, a member of the Dairy Industry Liaison Group with the Northland Regional Council and a member of the DOC/Fonterra Technical Working Group, overseeing the DOC/Fonterra Partnership throughout New Zealand. Terence is also involved in the DOC/Fonterra Partnership in the Upper Kaipara catchment around Hikurangi.

Terence’s hobbies include Fishing and Diving, however getting a better work / life balance sometimes remains a challenge.