Our Board

Our Board and management team have developed systems that reflect Fonterra’s unique characteristics and requirements as a New Zealand-based co-operative.

"In 2001, the New Zealand dairy industry came together to form a national champion. Our Co-operative’s vision was to create a business with the scale to become a world leader in dairy ingredients and maximise dairying’s contribution to the New Zealand economy. That’s exactly what Fonterra is doing."

John Wilson was elected to the Fonterra Board in 2003 and became Chairman in 2012. Previously he served as the inaugural Chairman of the Fonterra Shareholders’ Council. John is a director of Turners & Growers Limited and he serves on the Executive Board of the New Zealand China Council. He is a chartered member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand. John lives on his dairy farm near Te Awamutu and jointly owns a dairy farming business based near Geraldine, South Canterbury.

Clinton was appointed to the Fonterra Board in 2015. Clinton lived and worked in China for 36 years, 21 of which as President of BHP Billiton’s China business. He has extensive experience as an executive in China and Asia businesses and has had an active career as a Non-Executive Director, currently serving on the Boards of North Queensland Airports and Zanaga Iron Ore. He was Executive Chairman of Caledonia Asia from 2010 to 2013, a venture investment group in Asia, and is a Partner in Moreton Bay Partners, a strategic advisory firm based in Brisbane. He is an Adjunct Professor at Griffith University’s Asia Institute and is a Member of the Griffith University Council.

Ian Farrelly was elected to the Fonterra Board in 2007. Ian had a 20-year career in the banking industry including 15 years as head of ASB’s Rural Division. Ian serves on the Board of First Mortgage Managers Limited, Spectrum Dairies Limited, Fortuna Group Limited and Waikato Stud. He owns and runs a 500-hectare 10,000 animal calf rearing farm in Te Awamutu and has ownership interests in dairy farms in Canterbury and the Waikato.

Leonie Guiney was elected to the Fonterra Board in 2014. Leonie has worked in the agriculture sector for 25 years in a number of positions including lecturer of Dairy Production at Lincoln University, consultant on the BNZ Growth Programme for farmers and has held roles with Golden Vale Dairy Co-operative in Ireland, LIC and FarmRight South Island. Leonie was the 2014 winner of the low input NZ Dairy Business of the year and the 2006 Canterbury Sharemilker of the year. Leonie began farming in Canterbury in 2002 and she is now a director and shareholder of five Canterbury farms and Bobby Square Limited.


Simon Israel was appointed to the Fonterra Board in 2013. Simon currently chairs Singapore Telecommunications Limited and Singapore Post Limited and is a member of the Westpac Asia Advisory Board. He was an Executive Director of Temasek Holdings for six years and President from 2010 to 2011. Simon was a director of Fraser & Neave, Neptune Orient Lines, Asia Pacific Breweries, Griffin Foods, CapitaLand and Frucor Beverage Group. He had 10 years’ experience in the dairy industry with Danone as a Senior Vice President and member of the Group Executive Committee. He was conferred Knight in the Legion of Honour by the French Government in 2007.

David Jackson was appointed to the Fonterra Board in 2007.David is Chair of Tegel Group Holdings Limited and also serves on the board of Mitre 10 (New Zealand) Limited. He was previously Chairman of The New Zealand Refining Company Limited and served on the board of Nuplex Industries Limited.

David spent more than 30 years with accounting firm Ernst & Young in a variety of roles, and served as Chairman of the board of management for the firm in New Zealand from 1999 to 2002.

David MacLeod was elected to the Fonterra Board in 2011. David also serves on the boards of Port Taranaki Limited, Predator Free 2050 Limited, Matau Technologies Limited and A.J. Greaves
Electrical Limited. He is Chairman of the Taranaki Regional Council. David lives near Hawera in South Taranaki and is a director of P.K.W. Farms GP Limited, one of Fonterra’s largest shareholders. He is a shareholder of Far South Farms Limited, which owns a dairy farm in Southland.

John Monaghan was elected to the Fonterra Board in 2008. Prior to joining the Fonterra Board John was Chairman of the Fonterra Shareholders’ Council and the Inaugural Chair of the Governance Development Programme. He is also a director of Centre Port Limited and Centre Port Properties Limited. He holds a number of farming directorships and is a trustee of the Wairarapa Irrigation Trust. John has dairy farming interests in the Wairarapa and Otago regions.


Nicola Shadbolt was elected to the Fonterra Board in 2009. Nicola is a Professor of Farm and Agribusiness Management at Massey University, serves on the Board of the Manager of the Fonterra Shareholders’ Fund and represents New Zealand in the International Farm Comparison Network in Dairying. Nicola lives in the Pohangina Valley in the Manawatu, which is the base for the five farming and forestry equity partnerships she runs, which include two dairy farms.

Donna Smit was elected to the Fonterra board in December 2016. Donna lives and farms at Edgecumbe, and has built and owns seven dairy farms in Eastern Bay of Plenty and Oamaru. Donna is a Director of Ballance Agri Nutrients and Kiwifruit Equities Limited and a Trustee of Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre (Wairarapa) Trust Board and a Trustee of the Dairy Women’s Network. Donna is a Chartered Accountant and was a company administrator at Kiwifruit Co-operative EastPack for 24 years.

Scott St John was appointed to the Fonterra Board in 2016 and serves on the Board of the Manager of the Fonterra Shareholders’ Fund. He was the CEO of First NZ Capital (FNZC) for 15 years, stepping down from that role in early 2017. He is now a Non-Executive Director of the FNZC Board, and chairs its Audit and Risk Committee. Scott has served on the Council of the University of Auckland since 2009 and was appointed Chancellor in 2017. He is a director of Fisher and Paykel Healthcare and chairs that Board’s Audit and Risk Committee, and was recently appointed to the Board of Mercury NZ Limited. He is also Director of NEXT Foundation. Previous roles have included Chairman of the Securities Industries Association, and membership of both the Capital Markets Development Taskforce, and the Financial Markets Authority Establishment Board.


Ashley Waugh was elected in 2015. Ashley is Chairman of Moa Brewing Company Limited and serves on the Board of Seeka Limited and the Colonial Motor Company Limited. Ashley spent 10 years with The New Zealand Dairy Board followed by 8 years with National Foods in Australia including the last 4 years as Chief Executive Officer. Ashley lives on his dairy farm near Te Awamutu and has shareholding interests in Puke Roha Limited in Pokuru.