Richard Symes

Fonterra Alumni 2010 - 2011

Richard has held general management and CEO roles in the agriculture, horticulture and consumer retail sectors.

His experience has centred around roles in co-operative businesses and private entities, ranging from entrepreneurial high growth start-ups to mature businesses. He has a track record of successfully working with founders and business owners in growing, developing and turning around businesses.


He has an undergraduate degree in Commerce, an MBA from the Melbourne Business School, and has completed the Fonterra Governance Development Programme and the DairyNZ Rural Governance Development Program. He is also a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Richard has held positions on the Fonterra Shareholders’ Council (2013-16) and the LIC Shareholders’ Council (2010-14).