Alliance Group’s shareholders have elected Dawn Sangster from the Maniototo to replace retiring director Owen Buckingham.
She was one of eight people standing for two places. One was created by the retirement of long-serving board member Owen Buckingham. The other was created through rotation and sitting board member John Lindsay, who was up for re-election was returned which is a vote of confidence in him and the company.
The voting power for Alliance is in Southland and all else being equal they tend to vote for Southlanders which meant Sangster started at a disadvantage.
Mrs Sangster, who has a bachelor of agricultural commerce degree in farm management from Lincoln University, has a 25-year farming career and experience and training in commercial and community leadership and governance.
She is actively involved in a family company comprising two sheep and beef properties running 10,000 stock units. She also runs one of New Zealand’s largest flocks of angora goats.
She is also a graduate fo the Agri-Women’s Development Trust’s inaugural Escalator course aimed at developing rural leadership and governance skills in women.
AWDT executive director Lindy Nelson was thrilled with Mrs Sangster’s success, saying she had been a “fantastic” participant in the programme.
She had a “fantastic strategic mind” and was a “thoroughly prepared” person.
She was probably the first participant who had gone on to become a director, although there were other directors on the programme. About 12 women will take part in the Escalator programme next year.
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