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Future Director initiative

The Future Director initiative is a development opportunity for a future leader to join the HortNZ Board and gain experience in governance, leadership and strategy.

The opportunity will build on the future leader’s current horticulture experience and prepare the successful applicant for governance roles in the horticulture sector. The Future Director will also be mentored by an Industry Leader and undertake governance training.

This is a non-voting role, however the Board seeks full participation in meetings and will welcome constructive contributions from the Future Director in the workings of the Board.

Applications for Board Future Director 2022

HortNZ is seeking a Future Director to serve and gain experience on its board. The year-long appointment commencing in January 2022 would allow the successful appointee to gain experience in governance, leadership and strategy. This position will suit an applicant who has active involvement in a horticultural enterprise giving an understanding of the issues and challenges that horticulture and growers face. This is a great development opportunity for a future leader with a genuine interest in governance. The Future Director will have the opportunity to be mentored by an industry leader and receive governance training. In making the selection, HortNZ’s diversity policy will be taken into account.

The job description can be found here. If you are interested in this role, please send your CV and a cover letter to Kerry Norman. Applications will close at 5pm, Thursday 4 November 2021, with the successful candidate undergoing induction in January 2022 and attending their first board meeting around February 2022.

View the Future Director job description

About the Board

HortNZ’s Board has nine directors: seven are elected by growers and two independents are appointed by the Board.

The skillset of the HortNZ Board is a mix of knowledge and experience in the following areas: growing, biosecurity, the environment, people capability, central and regional government interaction, communication, finance, legal, strategy, diversity and governance.

The HortNZ Board meets six times a year in Wellington and around New Zealand’s growing areas and holds in-between meetings via zoom.