The Board will farewell Martin Coup (Northern North Island) who has announced he will be retiring after six years as a Director and will not stand for re-election at the next Annual Meeting. Martin reflects on his time as a Director.
As Martin Coup prepares to stand down as Farmer Director on the Board after six years, the Northern North Island representative takes a moment to reflect on his time in this important role. Nominations for his replacement close on Friday 8 December.
"We are seeing changes in the sector, and my goal as a farmer director was to fully understand the issues that farmers and the sector as a whole are facing and be a voice for the farmers in my region to ensure decisions being made were the right ones," Martin says.
Martin shares that his biggest surprise coming into the role was how complex it is.
“The desire to prepare for the future, promote the good things coming and advocate for changes where needed, all while ensuring the organisation has the farmers’ backs and levy money is being put to good use is, although challenging, incredibly rewarding.
"I love the sector; it has been really good to me. I have really enjoyed my role on the Board, being part of a team. The thing I will miss most is the people; they are really passionate and invested in doing the right thing for the organisation and farmers," he adds.
While Martin looks forward to a slightly slower pace after six years of active Board service, he remains keenly interested in new ventures within the agriculture sector. He also encourages people who are passionate about making a difference in his region to stand for election.
B+LNZ operates with a Board structure that includes six elected farmer directors, representing the three electorates in each of the North and South Islands. Directors serve three-year terms. In addition to elected directors, the Board includes two meat industry representatives, an independent director, and an associate director.
Currently, nominations are open for B+LNZ director roles in the Northern South Island and Northern North Island. According to the B+LNZ Constitution, two directors must retire by rotation at each election but are eligible for re-election. Kate Acland from the Northern South Island is standing for re-election.
Director elections play a crucial role in maintaining a board that truly represents the interests of farmers.