Associate Director

Passion, integrity, and a genuine desire to do our best for farmers and the communities they live in is what drives us at Beef + Lamb New Zealand. We are 100% farmer-owned and funded and work on behalf of New Zealand’s sheep and beef producers. Our vision for the sheep and beef industry is profitable farmers, thriving farming communities, valued by all New Zealanders. Our priorities are focused around five key areas: supporting farming excellence; government and public insight and engagement; unlocking market potential and; enhancing our environmental position; and building a great organisation. 

B+LNZ has an exciting opportunity for an aspiring leader in the agriculture sector to join B+LNZ’s Board as an Associate Director. This is a one-year term commencing in April 2019. 

The purpose of our Associate Director role is to provide aspiring leaders in the sector with leadership and governance experience. We believe it is our role to develop and nurture the next generation of industry leaders and create opportunities for future leaders to build their skills and positively influence our country’s future. Specifically, we want to extend your knowledge and understanding of governance; the social, corporate and legal environment that it operates in; the role of the Board and Director’s responsibilities; and offer a you a unique opportunity to develop your leadership skills by experiencing governance-in-action. 

As our Associate Director, you are a farmer who is strongly committed to furthering the farming sector, are a credible and respected leader (or future leader!) in the community, have the highest levels of integrity, are collaborative in nature, possess sound judgment, and are innovative and strategic in your thinking. We are looking for someone who can bring a different perspective, and diversity of thought to our boardroom. You don’t have to be actively engaged with B+LNZ right now as the panel will also be looking for attitude, potential and passion. 

If you have the following, we want to hear from you: 

  • Passion and commitment to the farming sector
  • Commitment to developing your leadership skills and position in industry
  • Highest of ethical standards and behaviours
  • Independence in thinking; be prepared to challenge, and be challenged
  • Innovative and drives improvement and responsiveness to the sector’s challenges and opportunities
  • Effective, persuasive and respectful communicator
  • A strong sense of empathy for sheep and beef farmers and their rural communities
  • A role model for the values of the organisation.

The commitment required will be on average two days per month. Board meetings are held every 6 weeks, mostly based in Wellington. This position is unpaid however all related expenses will be covered.

For further information on this Associate Director opportunity please email

Fixed Term

Job no: AZFO93739

Location: Central Otago, Christchurch, Hawkes Bay, Manawatu, Northland, Southland, South Canterbury, Waikato, Wairarapa, Wellington, National

Closing Date: Applications Close 5pm Thursday 21 February 2019