George has a long-term commitment to the dairy industry and believes in the importance of people, sustainability and diversity.
George’s previous roles include Chair of the Fonterra Farms Advisory Board and dairy representative on the Waikato Regional Council Collaborative Stakeholder Group. He has been an active member of the Waikato Rural Support Trust and a farmer panel member of DairyNZ’s P21 project.
He has held roles on the Fonterra Shareholders’ Council and NZ Dairy Group Shareholders’ Council and was a Shareholder Representative on the NZ Dairy Group Committee that researched and developed the current governance model for NZDG & Fonterra.
George has also been the Chair and instigator of the Great Milk company and Func-nutrition, a Trustee and Chair of the South Waikato Economic Development Trust and a government-appointed Landcorp Director.
At present George and Sharon own two small dairy farms, around 70 hectares each on the outskirts of Tokoroa, milking between 170 and 180 cows. The couple also own a 40 hectare dry-stock block that has both dairy grazers and forestry nursery lease. Diversification is by way of an extensive portfolio of shares in food companies.