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Our farmer shareholders

We source our milk from a small group of farmers, who are also shareholders.

Some have farmed this land across generations for over 100 years.

Our farmers are part of our Mataura Valley Milk family and are key shareholders that drive our success and enhance our ambitions to be the world’s best nutrition business.

 

This localised supply chain means we can trace our milk source providing full transparency of our pasture to market supply chain – ensuring we deliver premium nutritional products for our global clients.

 

Our farmers farm on average 3 cows per hectare, ensuring the herds are well fed with nourishing pasture to deliver premium quality milk.

Our people

Our people make the difference and drive our success

We bring a diverse team of people to the table, each with significant expertise and experience within their fields. Their leadership, energy and enthusiasm is evident in all that we do. We always do the right thing and are straight forward with each other.

 

We demonstrate integrity, respect and work as a team to build mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships.

Board of Directors

Dr Tingwu Xue

Chairman/ Director

President of China Animal Husbandry Group (the largest Chinese SOE in Animal Husbandry and the major shareholder of Mataura Valley Milk, BODCO Limited). Chairman of Mataura Valley Milk, BODCO Limited and Nouriz.

Dr. Xue has spent over 30 years in China’s animal husbandry industry and health/nutrition industry, demonstrated strong leadership, management skills and in-depth knowledge of markets.

Dr. Xue obtained his EMBA from the University of International Business and Economics and a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science from Nanjing Agricultural University.

Changqin Ding

Director

Vice President of China Animal Husbandry Group (the largest Chinese SOE in Animal Husbandry and the major shareholder of Mataura Valley Milk, BODCO Limited). Director of Mataura Valley Milk, BODCO Limited and Nouriz.

Madam Ding has a wide range work experience, starting her career from a Nutritional Company, then spending most of her career in Animal Feed and Animal Husbandry companies as a financial controller.

Madam Ding was the Chief Financial Officer of China Animal Husbandry and Vice President of China Animal Husbandry Industrial Limited. She holds a PhD Degree in Management Science from University of Science and Technology of China and is a Senior Accountant.

Deyong Zhang

Director

Chief Compliance Officer and General Manager of International Business of China Animal Husbandry Group (the largest Chinese SOE in Animal Husbandry and the major shareholder of Mataura Valley Milk, BODCO Limited). Director of Mataura Valley Milk and BODCO Limited MVM, BODCO.

Prior to working for the China Animal Husbandry Group, Mr. Zhang worked for the Ministry of Agriculture, the P.R.C. and has become the Chief Compliance Officer of China Animal Husbandry Group since 2013.

He has wide management experience and deep knowledge in international business culture.

Mr. Zhang holds bachelor’s Degrees in Economic Laws from Peking University.

Bernard May

Director

30 years of experience in the food and beverage industry.

New Zealand Institute of Directors – Certificate in Company Direction (2011).
New Zealand Certificate in Food Technology, Auckland Institute of Technology (1992).
New Zealand Certificate of Quality Assurance, New Zealand Quality Assurance Authority (1989).

Dave Yardley

Director

Management Team

Bernard May

CEO

30 years of experience in the food and beverage industry.

New Zealand Institute of Directors – Certificate in Company Direction (2011).
New Zealand Certificate in Food Technology, Auckland Institute of Technology (1992).
New Zealand Certificate of Quality Assurance, New Zealand Quality Assurance Authority (1989)

Aidan Johnstone

CFO

42 years Accounting experience with 30 years in dairy manufacturing businesses.

Cost and Management Accountant (1987).
Chartered Accountant (1981).
Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) University of Canterbury (1981)

Simon Chisholm

GM Supply Chain

18 years Supply Chain Management experience within food and dairy manufacturing organisations.

Post Graduate Diploma in Business – 2004.
Bachelor of Forestry Science (Hons) – 1999

Sonia Morrison

HR & Office Manager

Sonia has 25 years’ experience in the travel industry and has previously owned & operated her own travel business in Gore.

Sonia’s focus is on people, relationship management, processes and procedures.

She is involved in a number of local community and charitable activities and was a founding member of the Gore Kids Hub Charitable Trust.

Steve Smith

GM Quality & Compliance

30 + years in the Dairy Industry with over 10 years in quality management roles.

Diploma in Dairy Technology, Massey University (1988).

Matt Steven

Technical Manager

15 years’ experience in multinational dairy and nutritional manufacturing.

PhD, Food Science, Cornell University, 2004.
Bachelor of Technology in Food Technology with First Class Honours, Massey University, New Zealand, 1997.

Udo Fuehrer

Milk Supply Manager

40 years’ experience in the Dairy Industry including farm ownership, farm consultancy and three years overseas with LIC genetics

Chris Houston

GM – Sales

Chris has been working either within the dairy sector in a supplier context with sales and marketing roles at both Amcor and Carter Holt Harvey Corrugated Packaging but more recently for the last 4.5 years at Synlait Milk as a Commercial Manager. His early career was in dairy production after completing a Dairy Diploma in Dairy Technology.

Chris has relevant Nutritionals sales and in-market business development experience. He and his family live in Christchurch. He is very excited to be joining the Mataura Valley Milk team.