B+L new director

Beef + Lamb New Zealand has appointed Mark Polson as an associate director to its board.

Mr Polson said after a decade of corporate and general management roles in the agribusiness sector, he decided to return to the grassroots of farming his family farm.

"I am looking forward to developing my governance skills through the associate director role and bringing my experience to add value at a national level through our key industry body, as we navigate to grow and sustain a profitable future for our sector."

He runs Waipuna Farms, his family’s sheep and beef farming business, which has 25,000 stock across three properties in the Whanganui region.

The associate director role was for a one-year term and was established to give aspiring leaders in the agricultural sector the chance to observe and participate in governance.

Mr Polson joins a board of six farmer-elected directors, two meat industry-appointed directors and one independent director.