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Board of Directors

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Alister Body


Alister Body graduated from Lincoln University with a BCom in Agriculture and was elected to the ATS Board of Directors in 2011, becoming Chairman in 2016.

Alister is also a current Director of Pastoral Genomics, as well as Chair of the Dairy Environment Leadership Group and the Canterbury Dairy Leader’s Group. Past governance experience includes Director of DairyNZ, Chair of the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards Trust, Provincial Dairy Chairman with Federated Farmers and National President of New Zealand Young Farmers Club.

Alister and his wife Janine Peters farm at Methven, Mid Canterbury where they milk 600 cows. Alister’s other off farm interests include skiing, sailing and theatre (both acting and directing).

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Jessie Chan-Dorman 


Jessie Chan-Dorman was elected to the ATS Board of Directors in 2013. Jessie and her husband Hayden are dairy business owners leasing 420ha at Dorie, Mid Canterbury and milking 950 cows.

She has an Honours degree in Animal Science and has worked in a range of rural professional positions over a fifteen year period. Jessie has completed the Fonterra Governance Development Programme, the Food and Agribusiness Marketing Experience and the Kellogg Rural Leaders Programme. She is currently on the Fonterra Shareholders Council and has previously served on the Board of Connetics Ltd, DairyNZ Ltd (as an Associate Director), Business Mid Canterbury and Federated Farmers Mid Canterbury. Jessie is a member of the Institute of Directors and New Zealand Asian Leaders.

Jessie and Hayden have a four-year-old son, Adam.

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Tony Coltman 


Tony Coltman is currently an Equity Manager and Director in Datona Ltd/Canlac Holdings Ltd., a 1,400 cow equity partnership at Dunsandel, Canterbury. He grew up in Nelson although he comes from a non-farming background he graduated from Lincoln University with a BCom Ag (Farm Management) and Diploma in Farm Management (with distinction).

Having held several senior management positions in Rural banking both in New Zealand and Australia he was also the General Manager for Development and Extension for Dexcel (now DairyNZ) prior to spending four and a half years as General Manager and shareholder/Director for Focal Dairies, a 4,000 cow pasture based dairy operation in Missouri, USA.

Tony has three children, aged 13, 15 and 19. 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


Sue is an acknowledged New Zealand business leader and an internationally award-winning executive having been recognised 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 into the leadership of CRT Southland, where she was directly credited with master minding growth strategies that increased revenues by over 200% in less than five years.

Sue is the Founder and CEO of Real Insight, a research and strategy consultancy where she curates and leads a team of expert strategists, analysts, creatives and coaches. Their research is at the cutting edge of talent and market insight and informs strategy and focuses leadership for clients in New Zealand and Australia. Sue brings diverse governance experience including the Board of SOE Genesis Power, Netball Southland and the Dairy Women’s Network.

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Mark Saunders 


Mark Saunders was elected to the ATS Board of Directors in 2012 and is a Director of Pro-Active New Zealand Limited, a Director of MHV water irrigation scheme, a member of the Institute of Directors, a member of the Mid Canterbury Managed Aquifer Recharge governance group and a member of Dairy NZ Environment Leaders’ Forum. Mark and his wife Pennie currently farm 2000 dairy cows at Lagmhor, Mid Canterbury, having farmed in the neighbouring Westerfield district in partnership since 2003.

Mark brings to the Board a good understanding of compliance and environmental issues and impact on the primary sector, governance experience and a focus on seeking continuous improvement for the co-operative.

In addition to supporting his three boys with rugby coaching at the local Southern Rugby Club, Mark enjoys being actively involved in the community, fishing and hunting.

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Gabrielle Thompson 


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 before selling these clinics to a nationwide company.

Gabrielle also owns an artisan bread company which sells through supermarkets nationwide; she is a chartered member of the Institute of Directors; and is experienced in importing and exporting. In addition to this, she currently heads the Board’s Risk and Audit Committee, and previously chaired the Health and Safety Committee.

She and her husband, along with their family, own and operate a 530ha arable and store lamb farm at Dorie, Mid Canterbury. 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.