Strong companies are grounded in a foundation of good governance.


Silver Fern Farms Limited is a 50:50 partnership between Silver Fern Farms Co-operative and Shanghai Maling.

Our governance policies are regularly reviewed to make sure they are consistent with best practice, ensuring our future as a world-leading food company.


Our Board of Directors

Our Directors are responsible for our company’s corporate governance and strategic direction. The Board is made up of 5 directors from Silver Fern Farms Co-operative and 5 directors from Shanghai Maling, two of whom are New Zealand residents.

  • Rob Hewett - Co-Chair
    Rob became the Chairman of Silver Fern Farms in December 2013. He was elected to the Board in February 2008.
  • Michael Schubert
    Mr Mike Schubert is currently the Chief Executive Officer of prominent law firm Minter Ellison Rudd Watts and the Chair of the Auditor Oversight Board of the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) which advises the FMA in its supervisory role over Licensed Auditors.
  • Jane Taylor
    Jane Taylor is a professional director, with a strong background in both law and finance.
  • Dan Jex-Blake
    Dan was elected to the Board in 2013. He is the Managing Director of Mangapoike Ltd, a 24,000 stock unit pastoral farming company near Gisborne.
  • Yanjuan Xu
    Ms Yanjuan Xu holds a Masters degree in Accounting and is the Deputy Director of Finance of Shanghai Maling Aquarius Co. Ltd.
  • Tim Gibson
    Tim Gibson joined the board April 2020 and is a current Director on the Boards of Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC), Miraka Limited, and Port Otago Limited.
  • Ru He
    Ms Ru He holds a Master in Finance and Economics and has a bachelor degree in financial management from Shandong University of Finance and Economics.
  • Richard Young
    Richard operates a 300ha sheep and cropping property at Tapanui, West Otago. He was elected to the Board in 2013.
  • Sam Robinson
    Mr Sam Robinson is a hill country farmer from Central Hawke’s Bay. Sam brings strong governance experience in New Zealand agribusiness and extensive red meat industry expertise to Silver Fern Farms.

Our Executive Committee

The role of our Executive Committee is to oversee the development and delivery of strategy and business plans. Our Executive Committee is made up of a talented and dynamic group of individuals that bring a wealth of complementary experience to their roles and an intimate knowledge of their specialist areas to spur the business forward.  

  • Simon Limmer
    Simon Limmer was appointed Chief Executive of Silver Fern Farms in March 2018.
  • Dan Boulton
    Dan leads the livestock procurement, non-livestock procurement, logistics and production planning functions for our organisation.
  • Matt Ballard
    Matt leads our organisation-wide People and Health and Safety strategies and is responsible for the HR, Industrial Relations, Health and Safety, organisational development and Payroll teams under his leadership.
  • Chris Day
    Chris joined Silver Fern Farms in March 2020 as Chief Transformation Officer.
  • Kate Beddoe
    Prior to joining Silver Fern Farms Kate has held a number of leadership roles including Chief Risk & Sustainability Officer for Vector Ltd for eight years, Vice President Risk & Sustainability for the AMCOR global business and Strategic Risk Manager at Toyota Australia.
  • Gary Williams
    Gary leads a team of specialists responsible for food safety and quality, technical compliance, market access, policy and regulation, quality systems and environmental management.
  • Vicki McColl
    Vicki leads the group’s finance and accounting, treasury, customer service and IT functions.
  • Dave Courtney
    Dave Courtney joined Silver Fern Farms in January 2021 as the Chief Customer Officer, responsible for leadership of the Sales and Marketing operations of the business.