Introducing Society president James Allen
In December 2019 the Society welcomed James Allen into the role of president and bid farewell to past president Peter Carr, after his three-year term. James comes to the role with a wealth of experience in governance, agribusiness leadership and strategic planning. A partner in Agfirst Waikato, an agricultural consultancy business focused on pastoral agribusiness, his career has seen him supporting the development of various local and global agribusiness initiatives.
“As a society we need to be continually adapting to our changing environment, whether that be compliance requirements, customer expectations, urban growth, or international trends.”
James participated in the 2014 UK Institute of Agricultural leadership programme, which offered extensive insight into the state of global agriculture. Previously an associate director of AGMARDT and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management, he comes well prepared for his position as president.
“My role in leading our board is to ensure we have a highly functioning Board that delivers results in this evolving landscape, whilst working with our extremely capable team of staff and our dedicated members and volunteers. I look forward to working with the Society over the coming years as the organisation continues to evolve, grow, and deliver.”
New faces join the Board
In December 2019, Lynette Pearks and Tim Hale were welcomed onto the Society Board. The Society also said farewell to board members Bill Falconer and David Gasquoine and thanked them for their invaluable contribution over the years.
Lynette is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand with 30 years’ experience in general accounting and taxation. Her work experience combines many years of mid-market accounting, tax, advisory and consulting roles. Lynette has had the benefit of holding very senior positions in large accounting firms and has taken that experience into her own scaled down firm.
Lynette graduated from Waikato University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Management Studies. She is currently a Trustee, and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, of Hospice Waikato. Lynette also has ten years’ experience as a board member of Waikato Diocesan School for Girls, including six years a chair. Her governance experiences have included policy and risk reviews, strategic planning, and annual operating planning, and she has been member of Finance Committees, Personnel Committees, and Discipline Committees. She is a member of the Institute of Directors through which she completed a Certificate of Company Direction.
While city bred, Tim has a background in commercial farm management and currently manages the research farming operations at Ruakura for AgResearch Ltd.
Tim completed the Kellogg Rural Leadership course in 2008 and following this, a post graduate qualification in agribusiness management. Tim has had a long association with Beef + Lamb NZ having previously been an elected member of both the Beef Council (Northland and Waikato), Sheep and Beef Council and Farmer Council. Tim recently completed over 10 years on the board of the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management and is an active member of the Waikato branch, offering good connections within the national rural professional community.
“I am positive about the future for agriculture and believe you need to be involved to make a difference to positively influence outcomes.”