Kent Weir elected new chair of the NZ Young Farmers Board

Posted by on 6 September 2021 | Comments

Kent Weir will now take over the reins of NZ Young Farmers Board Chair.

He replaces Ash-Leigh Campbell, who announced her resignation in May this year.

“It is an absolute privilege to have been elected as Chair of the NZYF Board, Ash has left a massive pair of boots to fill, and I am very much looking forward to the challenges and opportunities the next 12 months will bring.”

Kent was elected to the NZ Young Farmers (NZYF) board in 2019 but has been an active contributor to the organisation since 2013. He joined to meet people and make new friends.

It wasn’t long before he was giving back to the organisation, taking on major leadership roles.

“The last two years have been a massive learning curve, but the support of our excellent independent directors and Ash has meant I have been able to grasp the fundamentals of NFP governance and grow my skill set in the space exponentially. The last 12 months as Vice-Chair of the Board and Chair of the HR Committee has also led me well into my chairmanship.”

He has held the regional chair position for the Waikato/Bay of Plenty region and served as the region’s National Committee delegate. 

"NZ Young Farmers has fantastic opportunities for personal development that don’t exist elsewhere for young people," he says.

A Te Kawa West Club member, the 29-year-old King Country pilot has always had a love for the agri-food sector and flying.

He got his private pilot’s licence while he was at high school and later completed his commercial licence in Christchurch.

“Thanks, must also go to my employers Super Air, the management team have been immensely supportive and encouraging of my governance roles and allowed me the flexibility to spend time away from the aircraft when NZYF commitments call for that.”

"It’s a job I really enjoy. It’s a profession that has its risks, but I take a risk-based approach to every decision I make," he says.

The current board is Kent Weir, Jesse Waites, James (Jimmy) Robertson, Samantha (Sammy) Bills, Sharon Angus and Catherine McMillan.

Jimmy and Sammy were recently member elected at the 2021 NZYF AGM in July.

“I have a reasonably pragmatic approach to most things and I see NZYF as no different, we have had to learn to be nimble and realistic as an organisation with the challenges that we have faced these last few years. I am looking forward to seeing the momentum start to build with our SFFF (Sustainable Food & Fibre Futures) Transformative business model project, the refreshed strategy for the FMG Young Farmer of the Year, and the exciting things starting to happen at Donald’s Farm. I would also like to reaffirm that myself along with the other three elected directors have been voted on to the board by our members and as such encourage the clubs and members around the country to reach out to us at any stage they wish,” Kent says.

NZ Young Farmers has a network of almost 80 clubs, runs the iconic FMG Young Farmer of the Year contest and works in schools to get students excited about career opportunities in the primary industries.