Beef + Lamb New Zealand appoints Independent Director

Beef + Lamb New Zealand has appointed Melissa Clark-Reynolds ONZM as the first Independent Director to its board.
Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Clark-Reynolds became a Professional Director after 25 years’ experience as an entrepreneur and CEO of a number of technology companies.  She is a Governor of Radio NZ and sits on the Boards of Kiwi Insurance, Jasmax, and Softed. 

Clark-Reynolds is a member of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Primary Growth Partnership Investment Advisory Panel and she chairs the LINZ Risk & Audit Committee. 

Last year she went to the Te Hono bootcamp at Stanford, took a course through Harvard on Disruptive Innovation, and became certified as a Foresight Practitioner with the Institute for the Future in Silicon Valley. She keeps bees and tweets as @HoneyBeeGeek.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand Chairman James Parsons said the independent directorship was a newly created position designed to bring independent judgement and outside experience to the board. Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s current board composition is six farmer-elected directors who are regionally representative and two meat industry appointees.

Parsons said he was delighted to announce Clark-Reynolds’ appointment.

“Appointing Melissa is a direct result of farmers telling us during a governance review in 2016 they wanted a broader skill set on the board. Interest in the role was very strong with 60 applicants. 

“Melissa is well connected and brings skills we don’t currently have on the board in the technology and start up area. So we are looking forward to the contribution Melissa will bring.”

Clark-Reynolds commences her role as a B+LNZ director at the organisation’s board meeting on 9th August.

For more information please contact Beef + Lamb New Zealand Communications Manager, Jan Keir-Smith on 027 271 7593.