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A Farewell and A Welcome To The Board

July 9, 2020

The Primary Wool Co-Operative board is sad to say farewell to chair Janette Osborne as she embraces additional responsibilities role on her family farm, and continues to invest in other parts of the Food and Fibre sector. 

We are deeply thankful for the time and contagious passion she poured into Primary Wool Co-Operative and we are sure she will continue to be a valued voice in our community. We are certain that where ever she goes, she will work to elevate and motivate just as she has done for Primary Wool Co-Operative. 

As we say goodbye to Janette, we’re delighted to welcome William Oliver and Richard Young to the board table.

William Oliver is married to Karen and they have three children, two at University and one completing his last year of school. Farming two sheep, beef and deer farms south of Otorohanga, Northern King Country William is no stranger to the industry and is passionate about having the grower’s voice heard. 

William has a Bachelor of Commerce from Otago University and currently has sat on the CP Wool board for 12 months. His other roles include serving Deer Industry NZ,  Te Awamutu Vet Assoc  (Vetora Waikato), Waitomo Energy Services Customer Trust, and Great Oak Forests (St Paul’s forest investments). 

Richard Young’s name may sound familiar as he also currently Chairman of Silver Fern Farms Cooperative and serves on the Silver Fern Farms Ltd board of directors. Alongside wife Keri they operate a 300ha sheep and cropping property at Tapanui, West Otago.

Richard has a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics from Otago University. He also completed the Kellogg Rural Leaders Programme in 2011 and is a Chartered member of the NZ Institute of Directors. He too will join the CP Wool board.

Richard believes profitable sheep farming will rely on a sustainable income stream from both meat and wool. “The future of NZ sheep farming will rely on positive income stream from both meat and fibre, what better time to rediscover the market potential and align a commercial market structure that delivers profitability to all stakeholders, and importantly back to the grower”

Welcome, William, and Richard. We appreciate the time you are investing in our growers and look forward to where we can go together.

Primary Wool Co-Operative is 100% farmer-owned creating sustainable shareholder returns through its investment in CP Wool with a focus on collaboration, innovation, promotion, advocacy, and good governance.