New directors to help push smarter farming

Ravensdown refreshes board.
Dr Jacqueline Rowarth

Agri-environment expert Dr Jacqueline Rowarth, farmer Nicola Hyslop and governance and e-commerce leader David Biland have joined Ravensdown’s board of directors, it was announced at the cooperative’s 2019 annual meeting in Lincoln.

Shareholders from Southern Waikato to Northland elected Rowarth, who is from Tirau. Hyslop, a Timaru sheep, beef and arable farmer, was elected director for the Canterbury area. Rowarth replaces incumbent director Kate Alexander and Hyslop replaces Tony Howey, who has retired from the board.

Auckland-based Biland, who is currently director of management consultancy Hughland Limited, joins as an appointed director. He replaces Glen Inger, who has been on the board for 12 years. 

Ravensdown chairman John Henderson said the new directors were exceptional additions to the board and would help drive further success for the co-operative and its shareholders.

Rowarth has a PhD in soil science and her research has focused on nutrient efficiency across four decades of research and analysis. She was chief scientist of the Environmental Protection Authority from 2016-18 and is a current director of DairyNZ.


Nicola Hyslop
Timaru sheep, beef and arable farmer Nicola Hyslop

Hyslop and her husband Jonty farm on a sheep, beef and arable irrigated property on the outskirts of Timaru. Hyslop has 15 years’ experience in governance roles, including directorships with Opuha Water, Irrigation New Zealand and Beef+Lamb New Zealand.

“I’m excited by the challenges and opportunities the future holds for farming and Ravensdown’s science-based approach to helping farmers reduce their environmental impact and optimise value from the land,” she said.

David Biland
Governance and e-commerce leader David Biland

Biland has held international management and governance roles, including with New Zealand animal health contract manufacturing, research and technology company Argenta and animal health multinational Merial. 

John Henderson paid special tribute to outgoing directors Tony Howey, Kate Alexander and Glen Inger.

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