Media release

Milne -Feds first woman national president in 118 years 

June 22, 2017
West Coast dairy farmer Katie Milne is the new Federated Farmers’ National President- becoming the first woman in the Federation’s 118-year history to hold the presidency.
Ms Milne succeeds Dr William Rolleston who steps aside after his three-year tenure. 
A previous Federation Board member and West Coast Provincial President, Katie was Dairy Woman of the Year and a Rural Woman of Influence in 2015.
Manawatu dairy farmer Andrew Hoggard was elected National Vice President while South Canterbury farmer Miles Anderson takes over as National Meat and Fibre chair with Rick Powdrell stepping aside.
Waikato farmer Chris Lewis takes over as National Dairy Industry Chair succeeding Andrew Hoggard. 
North Canterbury farmer Lynda Murchison has been elected as one of two Board members at large alongside Chris Allen who was reappointed.
Arable chair Guy Wigley remains on the Board pending next week’s arable sector AGM.
Federated Farmers meanwhile thanks former National President Dr William Rolleston for his service over the past three years, and wishes him all the best in the future.

Federated Farmers Industry Executives 2017/18
Meat & Fibre
Miles Anderson (chairperson)- South Canterbury- 027 422 8048
William Beetham -Wairarapa
Dan Hodgen- North Canterbury
Simon Williamson- High Country
Simon Mcatamaney-Otago
Dave Wilson-Northland

Chris Lewis (Chairperson) -Waikato -027 289 8942
Wayne Langford (vice Chair)-Golden Bay
Jacqui Hahn (vice Chair)-Waikato
Renee Rooney- West Coast
Stephen Crawford- Otago
Richard McIntyre -Manawatu-Rangitikei