Introducing: Fonterra’s new Sustainability Advisory Panel Members


Fonterra is pleased to announce two new Sustainability Advisory Panel Members – the new Chair Rachel Taulelei (Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāti Rārua) and new member and current Fonterra farmer Adrian Ball.

Known as Fonterra’s ‘critical friends’, the Panel is comprised of external experts who provide feedback and guidance to Fonterra’s Board and Management on the Co-op’s economic, social, and environmental sustainability strategy, targets, and initiatives. 

Rachel Taulelei – Chair

Rachel is a prominent business leader and a strong advocate for the Māori economy and sustainability in the food and beverage sector.

Her commitment to kaitiakitanga (Kaitiakitanga means guardianship and protection - a way of managing the environment, based on the Māori world view) has been evident throughout her career, from founder of sustainable seafood company Yellow Brick Road to her time as Chief Executive Officer of Māori-owned food and beverage company Kono, and now in her current role as co-founder of business design and brand strategy firm Oho.

You can read more about Rachel here.

Adrian Ball – Panel member

Together with his wife Pauline, Adrian manages Dennley Farms Ltd, a 196-hectare fully integrated dairy and dairy beef finishing farm in Tirau. 

In recognition of their commitment to environmental stewardship, Adrian and Pauline received the prestigious 2019 Gordon Stephenson Trophy at the Ballance Farm Environment Awards. They were also named the 2019 National Ambassadors for sustainable farming and growing, following their previous success as Farm Business Award winners at the Fonterra Westpac Dairy Excellence Awards.

You can read more about Adrian here.

Fonterra would like to acknowledge and thank Bridget Coates, Paul Gilding and Dr J Morgan Williams for contributing their time and expertise to the Sustainability Advisory Panel.