B.Com., Dip, P.E.
A board member since 1996, Steve became Tatua Chairman in 2003. Steve is a fifth-generation farmer, whose family has been in the Piako district since 1886. The Allen family have been supplying Tatua since the end of World War 1.
Steve’s career has included time in the commercial sector with IBM New Zealand, and comprises extensive dairy industry experience with directorships on both the NZ Dairy Board and LIC (Livestock Improvement Corporation). More recently Steve has been a member of the Waikato Dairy Leaders Group which oversees development in relation to sustainable dairy farming and water allocation in the region. He is a director of a number of private companies and a trustee of the Waikato based David Johnstone Charitable Trust. Since 2019 he has been a director of Farmers Mutual Group.
David has been a Tatua shareholder since 1986 and joined the board in 1999. Dave’s early career was as a mechanical engineer. His innovative approach to farming, particularly in the area of pasture management, has led to his property being used for extensive soil fertility trials.
B.Sc. (Hons), PhD (Lincoln), Dip. Man.
Louise joined the Tatua board in 2016. She has a strong environmental and ecological science background coupled with hands-on farming experience. Her educational background includes degrees in Ecology and Botany and a PhD in Forest Ecology from Lincoln University. Louise is currently a director of several family-owned dairy farming enterprises with her husband Richard, continuing their family farming legacy which began in 1924
She has worked within a range of industries including research science, environmental consultancy, not-for-profit and commercial management. She completed a Diploma in Management in 2013 and is currently studying towards a NZ Diploma in Agribusiness Management. Louise is also a member of the Primary ITO Industry Partnership Group.
A board member since 2012, Mark’s links with Tatua go back to his birth, growing up in a house on the Tatua site where his father Neil was Managing Director.
Mark’s extensive dairy industry experience includes various senior executive positions within Tatua, the New Zealand Dairy Group (General Manager), Fonterra (Managing Director Asia Ingredients), Livestock Improvement (CEO) and PGG Wrightson (CEO). He is also an Independent Director of Dairy Goat Co-operative.
B.Com., Dip. AgriBus.
Richard joined the Tatua board in December 2018. He continues a proud family history with Tatua; the Luxton family have continuously supplied milk to Tatua since 1921. He is a sixth generation dairy farmer.
Richard’s career has included time in the manufacturing and supply chain industry, both locally and globally, prior to focusing on dairy farming. He has extensive corporate farming experience having been involved in managing two large scale farming businesses in both the North and South Island. His educational background includes a Commerce degree and Diploma in Agribusiness. In 2013, Richard completed the Kellogg rural leadership programme. He is a director of JD & RD Wallace Ltd and Kotare Ltd, two Waikato and King Country based farming groups. Richard is also on the St Peter’s School Foundation committee.
B.Com, MinstD, C.F.Inst.D
An independent board member since 2009, Peter’s involvement in the dairy industry spans over 25 years including CFO of NZ Milk Products (Fonterra) and CFO of the New Zealand Dairy Board. Peter also was CFO of the NZ Post Group.
Peter has a background in strategic and financial management, leadership and governance across major New Zealand based, but globally operating co-operatives and companies. He is currently Chairman of two NZ companies, and a non- executive director of a number of NZ-based organisations involved in retail, export, financial services and research.
Julie joined the board in November 2019. Julie’s family has been supplying Tatua for four generations and she became a shareholder in 2015.
Julie started her career in advertising before moving to Tatua’s Foods business unit where she was involved in the marketing and sales of Tatua’s retail products. She and her husband operate a dairy farming business through 50/50 share milking and farm ownership.
David joined the Tatua board as an Independent Director in December 2021. He has experience in a wide range of organisations experiencing change, including businesses with complex infrastructure, consumer products and services, and has led large change projects.
David has a background in financial and corporate affairs including roles as Chief Financial Officer at NZ Post Group, GM Corporate and Finance at KiwiRail, Chief Operating and Chief Financial Officer at the New Zealand Racing Board, and senior finance roles at Fonterra and TransAlta. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of NZ Post Group, a position he has held since May 2017.
As well as being part of Tatua board, David is Chair of Tatua’s Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee.
Brendhan was appointed Chief Executive Officer in December 2016 and is Tatua’s ninth CEO, or equivalent leader in its 108-year history. Brendhan leads Tatua’s Executive Leadership Team and is Chairman of Tatua’s three subsidiary boards. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he was Tatua’s GM Operations for six years.
Brendhan brings extensive dairy industry and senior management experience to his role. Prior to joining Tatua, Brendhan held various senior leadership roles with Fonterra, including regional operations and regional business leadership roles in the Middle East and South East Asia.
Brendhan holds a Bachelor of Management Studies degree from The University of Waikato with majors in Accounting and Finance.
B.Sc, PGDip. BusAdmin
Paul joined Tatua in 1994 and has been General Manager Co-operative Affairs since 2018.
Paul’s responsibilities include shareholder on-farm performance management, corporate secretarial duties, regulatory affairs, administration of milk solid entitlements as well as being an advisor on constitutional matters. Prior to this, Paul has extensive experience as Tatua’s Supplier Services Manager. Paul’s background is in environmental management in local government.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Waikato and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Massey University.
Michelle was appointed General Manager Finance and Administration in August 2018 and leads Tatua’s finance and ICT teams. In this role, Michelle is responsible for Tatua’s financial and management accounting, treasury and Information Technology and systems. Michelle brings more than 20 years’ experience in Tatua’s accounting team to her role. Prior to being appointed General Manager of the Finance and Administration team, she held the position of Financial Controller.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Management Studies degree, majoring in Accounting from the University of Waikato.
B.Soc. Sci – HR and Industrial Relations
Pier joined Tatua in 2012 as Tatua’s Head of People and Capability.
Her previous experience includes more than 20 years’ in human resources management roles in the HR industry in the UK and New Zealand, including various HR roles at Fonterra. Pier manages the people and capability team and is responsible for supporting all aspects of people development and engagement.
Pier holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree majoring in HR and Industrial Relations from the University of Waikato.
Tim leads Tatua’s Operations team and is responsible for our manufacturing, technical services, engineering, supply chain, procurement and waste water operations in New Zealand.
Tim joined Tatua in January 2018 after an extensive career with Fonterra and New Zealand Dairy Group. Tim’s dairy experience includes working in the commodity and high value nutrition areas, engineering and milk collection. He has spent time in NZ, Asia, USA, Europe and the Middle East working with vendors and customers optimising value streams.
Tim attended Massey University and holds a Bachelor of Technology majoring in Environmental Engineering and a Masters degree in Dairy Science and Technology.
B.Sc.(Tech), AMP (INSEAD)
Tim has worked at Tatua from 2001 in roles including Business Development Manager North Asia, Business Manager of both the Specialty Nutritionals and Bionutrients divisions, and Commercial and Technology Development Manager
His dairy industry experience includes the commercialisation of new products that add value to milk producers, technology licencing and intellectual property management, establishment of international distribution networks and subsidiaries, and leading teams focused on developing business in technically complex product categories. In his current role he is responsible for progressing strategic projects with significant or long term impacts on Tatua’s future.
Tim holds a Bachelor of Science and Technology degree from the University of Waikato, and has attended Insead’s Advanced Management Program.
B.Com, BA, Dip.Acc
Eric was appointed General Manager Marketing and Sales in August 2023. He leads Tatua’s global Marketing and Sales team, which includes Tatua’s four business units and the subsidiary offices in Japan, China and the USA. Prior to this appointment, he was the Business Manager - Nutritionals having joined Tatua in April 2021.
Eric brings broad dairy market and industry experience to his role. Prior to joining Tatua, Eric held various leadership roles, including in commercial, cooperative affairs, and sales in New Zealand, Asia and North America with Fonterra.
Eric holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Otago.