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Board of Directors


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Alister Body

CHAIRMAN

Alister Body graduated from Lincoln University with a B.Com in Agriculture and was elected to the ATS Board of Directors in 2011.
Alister is also a current Director of DairyNZ and Pastoral Genomics, as well as Chair of the Dairy Environment Leadership Group and the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards Trust. 
Past governance experience includes Provincial Dairy Chairman with Federated Farmers and National President of New Zealand Young Farmers Club.
Alister and his wife Janine Peters farm at Methven where they milk 650 cows. Alister’s other off farm interests include skiing, sailing and theatre. 


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Jessie Chan-Dorman 

DEPUTY CHAIR

Jessie Chan-Dorman was elected to the ATS Board of Directors in 2013. Jessie and her husband Hayden are dairy business owners leasing 420 ha at Dorie and milking 1700 cows. 
She has an Honours degree in Animal Science and has worked in a range of rural professional positions over the past 15 years. Jessie has completed the Fonterra Governance Development Programme, the Food and Agribusiness Marketing Experience and the Kellogg Rural Leaders Programme. She is currently Vice President and Dairy Chair of Federated Farmers Mid Canterbury, Board member of Business Mid Canterbury and an Intern Director for Connetics Ltd.
Jessie is a member of the Institute of Directors.
Jessie and Hayden have a two year old son, Adam. 


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Tony Coltman 

DIRECTOR

Currently an Equity Manager & Director in Datona Ltd/Canlac Holdings Ltd., a 1400 cow equity partnership in Dunsandel, Canterbury. Tony grew up in Nelson and comes from a non-farming background. Tony graduated from Lincoln University with a BCom Ag (Farm Mgmt) and Diploma in Farm Management (with distinction).
Having held several senior management positions in Rural banking both here in New Zealand and Australia he was also the General Manager for Development and Extension for Dexcel (now DairyNZ) prior to spending 4.5 years as General Manager and shareholder/Director for Focal Dairies a 4000 cow pasture based dairy operation in Missouri, USA.
Tony has three children, ages 12, 14 & 18. He and his wife, Dana Carver, are passionate about farmer wellness and sustainable lifestyles. In addition to the farm, they own a coaching and training business and established a charitable organisation which promotes and implements community wellness.

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Sue Lindsay

INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

Sue is a pioneering New Zealand business leader and an internationally award-winning executive having been recognized as New Zealand Young Executive of the Year, Southlander of the Year and the World Young Business Achiever award winner. Her career has taken her from running the family sheep and cropping farm in Southland to the leadership of CRT Southland, where she is directly credited with master minding growth strategies that increased revenues by over 200% in less than five years.
Since retiring from her corporate career, Sue has become one of this country's most sought after business speakers. She is the co-founder and CEO of Think Actual who’s research is at the cutting edge of talent and market insight. 
Sue was a member of the BNZ’s Growth Programme Faculty for eight years, she has been a presenter on Purdue University’s (Indiana USA) executive leadership programmes , the ICE HOUSE and Rabo Bank agribusiness Programmes. Sue also brings extensive governance experience including the Board of SOE Genesis Power, Netball Southland and the Dairy Women’s Network. 


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Ian Mackenzie

DIRECTOR

Since graduating from Lincoln in with a BAgSc, Nuffield Scholar Ian Mackenzie has been farming at Akaunui, Eiffelton. The intensive cropping farm also includes a dairy farm operation, with the property now running to 490ha.
Ian has several roles off the farm including being the Chairman of Eiffelton Irrigation Scheme, the Ashburton Community Water Trust, the Mid Canterbury Farmers Charitable Trust. He is a Director of Mackenzie Harvesting and of Willowby Engineering. Ian was elected to the ATS Board of Directors in 2005. 
When time permits he enjoys skiing, sailing and jet boating.


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Mark Saunders 

DIRECTOR

Mark Saunders was elected to the ATS Board of Directors in 2012 and is a Director of Pro-Active New Zealand Limited, Member of the Institute of Directors, Member of the Hinds Plains Land and Water Partnership and A member of Dairy N.Z Environment Leaders’ Forum.Mark and his wife Pennie farm 2000 Dairy cows at Lagmhor, having farmed in the Westerfield district in partnership since 2003. In addition to supporting their three young boys with coaching their rugby at Southern, Mark enjoys being actively involved in the community, fishing, hunting, training and competing in multi-sport events, specifically the Coast to Coast.


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Gabrielle Thompson 

DIRECTOR

Elected to the Board in 2012, Gabrielle Thompson graduated from Massey University with a Veterinary degree in 2000. Initially working for Riverside Vets she opened her own companion animal clinic in 2004, growing to five clinics around the lower South Island over a 10 year period and sold these clinics to a nationwide company.
Gabrielle and her husband, along with their family, own and operate a 360ha arable and store lamb farm at Dorie.
In her free time, Gabrielle spends time with family, including her daughter Frances. She likes to go to the gym, spend time with friends, travel, ski and be outdoors. 


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