The 2018 Co-operative Business NZ Annual Awards winners are, back row, from left: Silver Fern Farms (joint winner – Co-operation Amongst Co-operatives award, represented by Shareholder Relations Manager, Clark Taylor; Farmlands (joint winner – Co-operation Amongst Co-operatives award, represented by Director Strategy and Communications, Farmlands, Colm Hamrogue); Murray King (Co-operative Leader of the Year), Chairman Livestock Improvement Corporation. Front row, from left: Kim DeGarnham (Outstanding Co-operative Contribution award winner, former GM Employee and Support Services/Company Secretary, Foodstuffs South Island) and Westland Milk Products (Co-operative Business of the Year, represented by CEO Toni Brendish).
Westland Milk Products’ CEO, Toni Brendish, pictured, co-collected the 2018 Co-operative Business of the Year award on behalf of the Hokitika-based, farmer-owned dairy co-operative. Westland won recognition for successfully re-inventing itself using the enduring co-operative model as a strength, while promoting to its customers the productive relationship it has with its 350 shareholding farmers.
Chairman of Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC), Nelson’s Murray King, pictured, received the Co-operative Leader of the Year award. He was recognised for his exceptional leadership while steering the agri-tech co-operative through a sustained period of disruption and uncertainty.
Shareholder Relations Manager, Clark Taylor (Silver Fern Farms) and Director Strategy and Communications, Colm Hamrogue (Farmlands) collected the joint Co-operation Amongst Co-operatives award in recognition of the co-ops’ joint governance training initiative, To the Core. This award takes its name from one of the co-operative movement’s founding seven Rochdale Principles.
Kim DeGarnham, pictured, received the Outstanding Co-operative Contribution award in recognition of her significant contributions stretching over 30 years. In 1996 Kim became the first appointed female manager at Foodstuffs South Island and then, in 2009, when she was appointed to the Corporate Executive team, she also broke new ground as its first female executive. She has mentored, supported and encouraged female co-op members and staff throughout her career.
The new Cooperative Business New Zealand Board is, from left: Neil Cowie, Fiona Hancox, Andy Grant, Lisa Murray, Christine Burr and Jonathan Lee (Chair). Two new faces have joined the board for a three-year term from (August 14th’s) 2018 AGM: Mitre 10’s CEO Neil Cowie and Andy Grant, Director at Ashburton Lyndhurst Irrigation Ltd (ALIL).