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The Board

Richard Perry - Chair

Mr Perry was appointed a director of Allied Farmers Limited in June 2019 and Chair in July 2020. He has a strong knowledge and experience of the agribusiness, finance and technology sectors. He has previously held senior finance and executive roles at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Landcorp Farming Ltd and Callaghan Innovation and has been a Technical Advisor to the International Monetary Fund. He currently provides strategic and financial consulting advice to a number of start up and established companies including Rocket Lab and Biolumic Ltd and is a member of the External Reporting Advisory Panel and the Rural Advisory Committee of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. As an experienced company director he has acted for several company boards across the agri-tech, property and food and beverage sectors including start-ups, mergers and established companies. Mr Perry is not an independent director as he is providing advisory services to the Allied Group. He has the following qualifications: B Com (Hons), F.C.A (Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand) and CTP (Certified Treasury Professional).

Philip Luscombe

Mr Luscombe was appointed a Director of Allied Farmers Limited in December 2005, and is Chairperson of New Zealand Farmers Livestock Limited. As a former Agricultural Research Scientist, and with a broad farming background, he has extensive experience in the agricultural sector. He is a shareholder and Chairman of the Argyll Dairy Farm group of farms in Otago, a partner in the family dairy farm in Taranaki, and has interests in farm forestry. He is a trustee of The Massey-Lincoln and Agricultural Industry Trust, and is an Independent Director of dairy farming business, Te Rua O Te Moko Limited. He is a former director of PKW Farms Ltd, Kiwi Cooperative Dairies Limited, Kiwi Milk Products Limited, Dairy Insight, Dexcel, and NZAEL Limited. Mr Luscombe is an independent director. He has the following qualifications: BAgSci(Hons).

Marise James

Ms. James was appointed a Director of Allied Farmers Limited in October 2018. She is a chartered accountant and partner at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway in Taranaki, where she services agri sector and professional services clients. She was a founding director of Fonterra Co-operative Group, and directorships of FMG Insurance Limited, Landcorp Farming Limited and TSB Bank. She has chaired the Audit Committees of FMG and Landcorp. Her current governance roles include Chair of Firstlight Wagyu NZ Limited, and Director of the Taranaki Rugby Football Union. Ms. James is an independent director. She has the following qualifications: Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand; Fellow, Institute of Directors New Zealand (Accredited); and F.C.A (Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand).

Christopher Swasbrook

Mr. Swasbrook is one of the founders and directors of New Zealand Rural Land Management and NZX-listed New Zealand Rural Land Company. He is also the founder and managing director of Elevation Capital Management. He was previously a Partner of Goldman Sachs JBWere Pty, co-head of institutional equities at Goldman Sachs JBWere (NZ) and a foundation broker of the New Zealand Exchange (“NZX”). Before that he was an Individual Full Member of the NZ Stock Exchange (“NZSE”). He has been a board member of the Financial Markets Authority since 2019, the NZX Listing Sub-Committee since 2008, a member of the NZ Markets Disciplinary Tribunal since 2013 and an Advisory Board Member of the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. He is also a director of Bethunes Investments Limited and Swimtastic Limited. Mr. Swasbrook is not an independent director as he is an Associated Person of an Allied Farmers's Substantial Product Holder. Christopher graduated from the University of Auckland with a BCom (Economics) in 1996, and has undertaken further study at the University of Auckland, Columbia University (New York), New York University (NYU), London School of Economics (LSE) and the Harvard Kennedy School in Boston, Massachusetts.

Executive Management

Steve Morrison - Chief Executive, Allied Farmers Rural

Mr. Morrison was appointed Chief Executive for Allied Farmers Rural in June 2011. Mr. Morrison has held various management roles in the New Zealand dairy industry over the past 20 years and was responsible for a significant portion of Fonterra's manufacturing operations for a number of years as Regional General Manager. Most recently he has held the role of Manufacturing Value Add Manager for New Zealand operations for Fonterra. Mr. Morrison owns a sheep and beef property near Stratford and a Taranaki hospitality business. He has the following qualifications: B. E. (Hons 1), DipBusStud., Dip Comp Manufacturing.

Brian Lee - Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Lee was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Allied Farmers in April 2018. Prior to this he had been Chief Financial Officer for another NZX listed company for over 12 years. Earlier in his career Mr. Lee held senior positions within Big 4 accounting firms in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Russia. Mr. Lee is also a trustee of the Paul Harris Memorial Trust which provides financial support for the personal development and education to the employees of Allied and their families. Mr. Lee has the following qualifications - Bachelor of Commerce, member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.