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Penny Smart

Fonterra Alumni 2013 - 2014

Penny has a real passion for great governance and collaborative leadership.

She believes that there must be committed, focused and diverse heads around a governance table that have a very clear mission, vision and strategy.  Communication and positive relationship building are her key strengths.


Penny has more than 25 years of practical farming experience. She has a Diploma in Alternative Dispute Resolution (Mediation) and is a graduate of the Fonterra Governance Development Programme, the Agri-Women’s Development Trust Escalator Programme and the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme.

She was also an Associate Director on the Ospri (NAIT and TB Free) Board in 2016.

Currently Penny is the Kaipara representative on the Northland Regional Council and a member of the Northland Dairy Development Trust.

Penny’s future aspirations lie with further governance roles.

Next Alumni Bio - Johanna Woods.