OSPRI is governed by a Board of Directors, comprising between 5 to 7 Directors. Director positions are appointed by Dairy New Zealand and Beef + Lamb, with the remaining Directors appointed by the shareholders on the basis of a selection process overseen by the OSPRI Stakeholders’ Council, established under the Constitution.
Barry Harris, Chair
Barry is a company director with extensive governance and executive experience. Barry has held a number of chief executive roles, including 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 Wintec; 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 enjoys a range of governance roles as well as farming in Wairoa with wife Sue. As a former member of the Stakeholders’ Council and now director he has been involved with OSPRI for eight years. He is also Chair of Predator Free NZ, a director of Centralines, and the Wairoa representative on the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. 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.
Lesley has more than 20 years’ experience in the primary production sector. She brings vast experience in working with government agencies and ministers, and an ability to lead change and manage diverse and complex industry stakeholder interests.
Lesley is currently the Chief Executive of Commercial Fisheries Services Limited (FishServe) and is also a director of Seafood Innovations Limited, FINNZ, a subsidiary consulting company of FishServe, and Chair of the Seafood Standards Council.
Lesley’s areas of expertise include strategic and business planning, budgeting, cost recovery processes, policy development and preparation of legislation, and converting legislation into operational systems.
James farms sheep and beef in Dargaville, Northland and has extensive agri-business and rural sector leadership experience. James is a director of Beef+Lamb Genetics, 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.
Mike currently holds directorships on the boards of Argosy Property, Ngai Tahu Holdings, NIWA, Panuku Development Auckland, Te Atiawa Iwi Holdings, and the Rees Management. He is also Chairman of BNZ Partners, Waikato Region. His executive career includes CEO of Tainui Group Holdings for eight years and senior executive roles for companies including Port of Tauranga, Fonterra, NZ Dairy Group and Elders Pastoral. His governance background includes directorships on the boards of NZL Group Ltd and Transpower and a Ministerial appointee to the University of Waikato Council. Mike holds an MBA from IMD, Lausanne and an FCA from the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.