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Sustainability Advisory Panel

Fonterra’s Sustainability Advisory Panel is Chaired by Sir Rob Fenwick who was the first New Zealander to be knighted for services to both business and conservation.

The panel meets twice a year and includes six external experts who provide independent advice to Fonterra’s board and management team on the Co-op’s strategy, targets and initiatives that relate to economic, social and environmental sustainability.

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Sir Rob Fenwick

Chair - Sustainability Advisory Panel

Sir Rob Fenwick is the first New Zealander knighted for services to both business and conservation. He co-founded the New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development and New Zealand's first commercial composting business, Living Earth.


He established and chairs Predator Free New Zealand, The Kiwi Trust. He also chairs New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute and Sustainable Seas – a National Science Challenge. He is a founding member of the Air New Zealand Environment Trust and a director of Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei’s commercial holdings.

Sir Rob has an honorary doctorate in Natural Resources from Lincoln University. He was the 2015 Sir Peter Blake Medallist and was inducted to the NZ Business Hall of Fame in 2016.

Sir Rob is a member of the Advisory Panels for Air New Zealand and Westpac New Zealand.


Paul Gilding

Sustainability Advisory Panel

Paul Gilding has over 40 years of experience across a range of industries, including the Australian military, as global head of Greenpeace, teaching at the University of Cambridge, an advisor to global corporations, and was author of a seminal book on economics and sustainability.


He is a Fellow at the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). In this role he researches and lectures on “Radical Innovation – Accelerating Clean Disruption” exploring the inherent market disruption in transforming the global economy to address system wide sustainability risks.

As a corporate advisor he has worked with the Boards and Executives of many companies including Unilever, BHP Billiton, Royal DSM, DuPont, Ford Motor Company.

As an author and advocate he has written a range of seminal journal papers and articles, including “The Mother of All Conflicts” on climate change and security and “The One Degree Plan War Plan” (with J Randers) on mobilising the global economy and society to address climate change. His book “The Great Disruption” has been widely acclaimed.

He has been CEO of a range of innovative social enterprises and NGOs including Greenpeace International, Ecos Corporation and Easy Being Green. He recently co-founded Disruptive Consulting and the Changing Markets Foundation. He lives on a farm in Tasmania, Australia with his wife and children.


Aroha Mead

Sustainability Advisory Panel

Aroha Te Pareake Mead (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Porou) is a Research Associate specialising in mātauranga Māori/indigenous knowledge, biocultural heritage and indigenous cultural and intellectual property rights and works nationally, and globally.  


She has served as Chair Emeritus of the IUCN International Union for Conservation of Nature, Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) – a global Commission that the World Conservation Congress elected her to chair for eight years (2008-2016). She also served on the IUCN Governing Council for 16 years as well as on the Greenpeace New Zealand Board for six years.

She is passionate about sustainable development, participatory conservation and improved ways of using and respecting nature’s contribution to people.

Aroha is on the Kahui Māori of Genomics Aotearoa and the Kahui of the Deep South (Climate Change) National Science Challenge.  Her previous roles include being Director of Māori Business in the Management School of Victoria University of Wellington, Policy Manager and Policy Principal with Te Puni Kōkiri (Cultural Heritage & Indigenous Issues Unit).


Bridget Coates

Sustainability Advisory Panel

Bridget Coates is Chairperson of White Cloud Dairy Innovation, which recently launched a new consumer dairy brand into the US market (Kura Nutrition) based on high quality NZ dairy and plant proteins and other nutritional ingredients.  


Bridget was formerly Director of the New York-based 212° Equity Management LLC, a private equity company which invested in high growth businesses, primarily in the healthy living space.  Bridget was inaugural Chair of ArcAngels in New Zealand, an angel group focusing on women-led growth companies and she retains a portfolio of early and growth stage investments in the US and in New Zealand.

She is also a Director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and of Tegel Group Holdings Ltd., and Chair of Tegel’s Audit Committee.

Bridget has been a Director of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund as well as public companies, Sky City Limited and Fisher & Paykel Appliances Holdings Limited. She was formerly CEO of Carter Holt Harvey Plastic Products and Director of Research for CS First Boston NZ Ltd as well as a Member of the University of Auckland Council.   Bridget was the inaugural Chair of THE ICEHOUSE.

Bridget has also held Board governance roles with Industry New Zealand, Competitive Auckland Ltd, and Auckland Uniservices Ltd.  She holds degrees in economics and finance and also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst qualification. She is a Chartered Member of Institute of Directors.


Hugh Logan

Sustainability Advisory Panel

Hugh Logan has 40 years’ experience in natural resource management. He has chaired the Land and Water Forum for the past two years. He was previously a member of Environment Canterbury’s regional water management committee and has recently taken up the role of Chair of that committee.


He was previously a public service Chief Executive for eleven years heading the Ministry for the Environment and the Department of Conservation. Prior to that he held a regional role for the Department of Conservation, and for four years headed what is now Antarctica New Zealand.

Hugh is also experienced in international environmental affairs, for example as an inaugural member of the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programmes (COMNAP) and a New Zealand delegate to Antarctic Treaty Meetings, headed New Zealand delegations to the IUCN and Convention on Biological Diversity, and OECD reviews of New Zealand’s environmental administration.  

Hugh has a PhD in environmental public policy.


Michelle Pye

Sustainability Advisory Panel

Michelle is a Fonterra shareholder and together with her husband Leighton, owns and operates Pye Group, a large scale agricultural business based in South Canterbury.  Pye Group is a cross sector business with dairy, cropping, process vegetable, grazing and contracting operations. The dairy business consists of nine dairy farms milking over 9,000 cows across Mid and South Canterbury.


Michelle has a financial background having worked for ten years for predominately rural based chartered accountants before working fulltime with Pye Group.

Since 2016 Michelle has been the South Canterbury representative on the Fonterra Shareholder’s Council and currently is a rotational member of the council Leadership Team.  Michelle also represents Council on the Dairy Environment Leaders’ Group.

Michelle has been involved as a judge with the NZ Dairy Industry Awards. She is the founding chairperson of a potato seed co-operative established by a group of large scale process growers in Mid and South Canterbury.  She is also involved in a transport industry group established by the local transport sector to work with Ara Polytechnic to develop a specialised truck driving course to encourage people into the transport industry. Michelle and Leighton have three children.