Tony Coltman

Fonterra Alumni 2015 - 2016

Tony has had a 25 year career in various corporate leadership and advisory roles in New Zealand and overseas.

Tony is a Director for Ashburton Trading Society and Ruralco Ltd where he acts as Chair of the Health & Safety Committee. He is also a Director for Pro Active NZ Ltd and ATS Fuels Ltd.


He is Equity Manager & Director of Datona Ltd/Canlac Holdings Ltd, a 2100 cow equity partnership in Dunsandel, Canterbury, and a Director/Shareholder for Focal Dairies, a 3500 cow pasture based dairy operation in Missouri, USA. He has held several senior management positions in rural banking both in New Zealand and Australia. He was also the General Manager for Development and Extension for Dexcel (now DairyNZ) prior to spending four and-a-half years as General Manager for Focal Dairies.

Tony has a passion for rural business, both on-farm and as a rural professional and is dedicated to the sustainability of dairy farming. He is particularly interested in creating profit while protecting the environment and is an active leader for the highly successful Forages for Reduced Nitrogen Leaching Programme.