Dairy Woman of the Year joins AGMARDT as Associate Board Member

AGMARDT has announced the appointment of Trish Rankin as the next Associate Board Member to join its Board of Trustees.

AGMARDT Chairman Richard Green says, “We are thrilled with this appointment. The Associate Board Member position exists to give emerging agribusiness leaders the opportunity to observe and experience governance in action within an innovative agribusiness environment.

“Trish is a proven rural leader, a successful and award-winning dairy farmer with strong executive and governance experience and a real passion for continued professional development to support her drive to help shape a positive future for New Zealand’s food and fibres sector.”

Trish, a Taranaki dairy farmer and 2019 Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year, is a trustee on the Dairy Women’s Network Trust and has recently ended three years as a member of the NZ Dairy Enviro Leaders Steering Committee for DairyNZ.

Trish also owns and operates a consultation and facilitation business Porohita, supporting farmers and rural communities towards increasing circular economy farming models.

Part of the team facilitating Venture Taranaki’s 2050 Transition to a Low Emission Economy Project and having been a Climate Change Ambassador for four years, Trish has also facilitated Regenerative Ag workshops and designed workshops on improving farm waste.

“I am excited to join team AGMARDT, an organisation that is about optimism and enabling innovative growth and learning and development in our agricultural sector,” says Trish, who received AGMARDT funding to attend the 2020 International annual agribusiness seminar at Harvard Business School.

“Being part of a well-run board, learning how to make governance decisions, learning about the ‘why’ of what AGMARDT is tasked to do, helping shape a better future is a fantastic opportunity.”

As Associate, Trish will attend Board meetings and develop her own Governance Development programme in conjunction with the Board during her 18-month term.

“Developing people with good leadership and governance skills is paramount given the importance of agribusiness to the New Zealand economy,” says Mr Green.

“AGMARDT intends to continue to support initiatives focused on growing leadership skills and good governance.”



Trish Rankin can be contacted on 027 461 4586

Richard Green

Malcolm Nitschke
General Manager

06 323 8766


Note to editor: AGMARDT, an independent, not-for-profit charitable trust with more than 30 years’ experience funding and fostering innovation, research and leadership capability in the food and fibres sector.