Board members

OSPRI is governed by a Board of Directors, comprising between 5 to 7 Directors. Director positions are appointed by the shareholders on the basis of recommendations by OSPRI Stakeholders’ Council, as established under the Constitution.

Barry Harris, Chair

Barry Harris, Chair

Barry is a company director with extensive governance and executive experience. Barry has held a number of chief executive roles, with Environment Waikato, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Hamilton City Council. He was also a senior executive with Fonterra for five years. Barry is currently chairman of McFall Fuel, NIWA, Food Waikato, Waikato Regional Airports, and director of Ultra-Fast Fibre and WEL Networks. Previous boards have included DairyNZ, Agricultural Service Limited, NZ Food Innovation Network, Primary ITO, CentrePort, RD1, International Nutritionals, Hamilton Riverside Hotels, and Local Authority Shared Services. Barry has a Master of Agricultural Science (Honours) and lives in Hamilton.

Fenton Wilson

Fenton Wilson

Fenton enjoys a range of governance roles as well as farming in Wairoa with wife Sue. A former member of the Stakeholders’ Council and now director he has been involved with OSPRI for eight years. He is Chair of Predator Free NZ, and director of Centralines. With the OSPRI work programme ramping up this year, Fenton is keen to keep the TB strategy on track as well as continuous improvement to NAIT for its farmer-owners.

Susan Huria

Susan Huria

Susan is a director of Leaderbrand and Chair of Gisborne Covered Production. She is also a director of Connexis and the Royal College of General Practitioners. She is a Trustee of Construction Health and Safety NZ and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors. She is the Independent Chair of the NZ Rugby League Zone board appointment panel, a member of the Rhodes Scholarship panel and the National Steering Group for Community Governance.

Previous roles include Ngāi Tahu Property and Veterinary Enterprises where she was Chair.  At Agresearch, she was Deputy Chair and also served as an independent on the Fonterra Governance Development Committee. She works as an advisor to a number of boards in the Māori economy on governance, strategy development, board evaluation and remuneration related matters. Special interests include succession planning, talent strategy and trends in governance practice.

Michael James

Michael James

Michael has been a director of Northpower since 2014 and is currently Chair of its Audit and Risk Committee, bringing to the role his senior executive financial experience in the hi-tech and innovation sector. Michael’s previous roles include CFO for Plant and Food Research, CFO for Navman and General Manager Europe for Dynamic Controls.

James Parsons

James Parsons

James farms sheep and beef in Dargaville, Northland and has extensive agri-business and rural sector leadership experience. James is a trustee of the New Zealand Rural Leadership Trust and a 2008 Nuffield Farming Scholar. His family sheep and beef farming business Ashgrove Ltd breeds and provides sheep genetics to clients around the North Island. James is an experienced director, retiring as chairman of Beef+Lamb New Zealand and the New Zealand Meat Board in 2018 and has held directorships in economic development, the veterinary sector and electricity sector. His governance capacity is complemented by particular skills in strategy, stakeholder management, media and government relations, yet brings practical farmer perspectives to OSPRI’s governance decisions.

Nicole Davies Colley

Nicole Davies Colley

Nikki and her husband have been involved in farming for over 35 years and still own a 320ha bull beef and forestry unit in the mid-North. They have owned and operated companies involved in forest management and silvicultural contracting in Northland for 30 years, and are still involved in forest harvesting on small scale blocks. 

Nikki currently chairs the TIaki Plantations Company, and is a director of WorkSafe NZ, and Kitchen Studio Distribution Limited. She recently retired from the Chair of Northpower Ltd and the board of Farmlands Cooperative Society Ltd. Other past roles have included West Coast Energy Pty Ltd and Landcorp Farming Ltd (now Pamu NZ). 

Nikki has Chaired the Audit and RIsk committee of Northpower Ltd, the People and Safety Committee of Landcorp, and the People & Performance Committee of Farmlands.  She is currently Deputy Chair of the Audit and Risk committee for WorkSafe, and sits on the Health and Safety Committee for Tiaki Plantations. Nikki is focussed on strategic execution, change management, Health, Safety and Wellbeing, and people strategy.

 Nikki holds an MBA, and is a Chartered Fellow of the NZ Institute of Directors and a member of the Australian Institute of Directors.